There are no more zombies in Rust

Popular sandbox game removes zombies in its most recent update, and teases a replacement.

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Developer Facepunch Studios has released a new update for popular sandbox title Rust which rids the world of its zombie infestation.

While zombies were never meant to be a permanent fixture in the open-world success story, the developer has now removed them as part of its February 6 update to finally kill off association of Rust as a zombie survival game.

"Yep. We did it. We decided we couldn’t hold off any longer," said the update notes. "The longer we keep zombies in--the more complaints we’d get about removing them. We are forcing ourselves to deal with it. We are no longer a zombie survival game!"

Zombies have now been "replaced with red bears and wolves. You hate them. We know. They’re just plugging a gap for now."

"All will be revvvealed," concluded the developer.

Other changes in the game's latest update include new animations for players and melee attacks, new grass textures, and a new locked backpack feature.

"Rust requires a real willingness to forgive its technical shortcomings in order to experience the emergent gameplay that makes it such a promising entry in the survival genre," said Shaun McInnis in GameSpot's Early Access review of Rust. "But it's a game that continues to improve with each passing update, and the potential that lies beneath those flaws becomes even easier to see. Whether or not you choose to buy it now, Rust is certainly a game to keep an eye on."

Discussion

80 comments
jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

The zombie craze is a sinking ship. I'm glad someone told Garry and his friends to get rid of them. Unfortunately, he left us with bears and wolves that have red fur. I hope this is just a placeholder.

Fabian85
Fabian85

Good call to remove zombies. Ill buy eventually if things shape up well. Hoping they will go in a caveman stoneage survival direction.

123whatever
123whatever

 Look at it like this - ppl complain about zombies because they don't like them. there are those that like indies, fps, platformers.. etc, just as there are games for ppl who like zombies. this game originally sold to ppl as a zombie survival. now its not... because the ppl who didn't like zombies bought it anyway. now, those ppl.. who don't like zombies... are telling those ppl who do... to fk off and find another game. imo - pretty shitty. and they have every reason to complain.


mario brothers is the shittiest fps in the world. change it.

ziproy
ziproy

See this is why Early Access works. You hate something?? Troll and spam them now, they hear you, they change what you were pissed at. It's how games should be made. The developer has the freedom from publishers and we can make sure they make a game even cheaper and more critical people might actually buy it

brockelley
brockelley

Am I the only person who's more interested in this game because of this?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Wow, I just lost any and all interest in this game real fast.

hystavito
hystavito

BTW the locked backpack after you die, the time on the lock is very very short.  I watched one situation today, standing right there, people were able to loot the pack within maybe 2 minutes at most.  Unless you die very close to your spawn, or no one sees you die or the pack, chances are still very slim you will be able to recover your stuff.  I did get lucky today though and for the first time was able to recover it, but that was only because I died inside a building by red wolves attacking through the wall, no one saw it happen.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

For a real-world Detroit simulator, it's not half bad.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

Zombies were always a placeholder, much like many other things in the game. Rust is still in it's early Alpha stages, so things are - and will - change. It'll be interesting to see what they'll bring in the future as the NPC threat in the radtowns and such.


Although, red animals in their place is kinda silly.

somebody336
somebody336

I was considering buying this game but no zombies=no buy

cpt0bv1us
cpt0bv1us

"All will be revvvealed"


3 v's?


Half Life 3 confirmed.

Sam_021
Sam_021

Biggest mistake, they had nothing to replace it with, played for 79 hours but now I have nothing else to do :D.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Why not replace the zombies with zombie red bears and zombie wolves.

importuno
importuno

You know what? more power to them. Zombies are really played out lately and pushing your gmae for something newer will only benefit the game.


You know Zombies ar ethe new casual cash-grab when app stores have a separate "zombie games" category just for those games.

daabulls23
daabulls23

I'm wondering if there were no zombies in the first place if it would be as big as it is.

Caldrin
Caldrin

What do you mean technical shortcomings ?

You do ralise this is an alpha test and infact quite and impressive alpha test at that.

bernard978
bernard978

The most annoying part about the red wolves is the fact that there's like 100s and they respawn constantly, at least zombies had a form of cooldown.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This gives me a craving for brainssss.....

godhand1942
godhand1942

It's a solid move but I do miss them. This doesn't need to compete with Dayz. Already I prefer it over DayZ simply because of the sandbox nature of it.

themc_7
themc_7

why wouldn't you keep the zombies in until you had something to replace them?

sumoman23
sumoman23

I still don't understand why they got rid of them they weren't difficult. I know they had a few glitches but nothing that warranted removal.

korvus
korvus

I think it was genius of the them to equate zombies with "generic placeholder"  but I'm glad to see them gone now.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

No zombies = no fun


DayZ owns this even more now

Baconelite
Baconelite

I might actually try this game now. I was never a fan of zombies so I always keep a distance from zombie games.

skipper847
skipper847

Never really looked at this game but what happens if the buyer bought it for the zombies?. Was it get them hooked while we can then change it later?.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@123whatever They bought early access, so they should've been fully aware of the possibility that some things might change in the direction they don't fully agree with.

ziproy
ziproy

@brockelley  No. Zombie games are a dime a dozen, nature-survival-builder-sims are a bit more distinct. Can't wait to see what the filler-filler enemies are going to be..well filled with

brockelley
brockelley

@VenkmanPHD  good for you, go play one of the other 10 arcade surivival games...Zombies don't exist, they shouldn't in a simulator. period

cpt0bv1us
cpt0bv1us

@daabulls23  The creator of garry's mod making a new game. Yes it would have been just as big. Keep in mind, it is still a survival game, which is the big fad right now.

Colekern
Colekern

@Caldrin  A game being an alpha doesn't free it from criticism. Here's the part your were referring to: 


"Rust requires a real willingness to forgive its technical shortcomings in order to experience the emergent gameplay that makes it such a promising entry in the survival genre,"


And DIRECTLY below that:


"But it's a game that continues to improve with each passing update, and the potential that lies beneath those flaws becomes even easier to see. Whether or not you choose to buy it now, Rust is certainly a game to keep an eye on."



Seriously, stop being a fanboy. A good example is the DayZ community as of now. DayZ is a game that has great potential, but if you go on the forums and post an issue you need help with, half the time you get multiple replies of "it's alpha!" , regardless of whether or not the issue can be resolved manually. Now, not all of the DayZ community is like that, the older members tend to be a lot more smart, but a large part of the fanbase can't stop using the word alpha as a shield from criticism.


Don't take criticism of a game in alpha as ignorance unless it really deserves it. Most of the time, criticism is fair, and shouldn't be ignored.

RoachRush
RoachRush

@Caldrin I've never paid $20 to play a beta, much less an alpha. Paying to play an unfinished game is almost unheard of. 

jesper6666
jesper6666

@Caldrin Before you go to bed tonight say this sentence three times in a row: "Read before commenting".

hystavito
hystavito

@bernard978  And unfortunately I discovered today that like zombies they can hit you through walls, and it seems like they can do it when you are even farther away from the wall.  Luckily dying inside a structure meant no one saw my pack and it was a surprising change to be able to recover it for once :).

repetitious
repetitious

DayZ is moving to remove zombies as well, they said "zombies in a hiking simulator just doesnt make sense"

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@themc_7  Zombies were an accessory anyway. The real threat is and always will be the other players. Plus, its an aplha, they can do whatever they want with the game even transform it into a beauty contest simulator if they want to.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@sumoman23  They got rid of them because they want Rust to be something more unique. In other words, they dont want Rust to be a mere DayZ spin-off. That said it really explicitly months ago.

northArrow
northArrow

@Korvus85 Indeed. It's a good knock on all the generic zombie games out there.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@Sky_Stifler  Everyone i know who plays Day Z plays it for the PVP. None of them give a crap about the zombies.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@skipper847  The devs didn't hide the fact that they were going to change the zombies, it's been known for quite some time. Since before the game  could be bought even.


And it's an early access alpha, everything is subject to change. That's the risk players take when purchasing an incomplete game.

he11stinky
he11stinky

@repetitious I hope your just trolling and making fun of DayZ. Removing Zombies from DayZ is like removing Darth Vader from Star Wars. Even removing snake from Metal Gear lol. They would not do that Rocket loves those damn things.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

@dominoodle @Sky_Stifler Not everyone, there are 2 general DayZ player types, 1st player type is pure pvp player who will kos everyone (possibly CoD player), 2nd type are the people who want general experience of surviving and will try to communicate with other survivors before shooting (they're called "Heroes" and if you played DayZ you probably heard about them)

he11stinky
he11stinky

@cpt0bv1us @Sky_Stifler@dominoodleYou have to remember they are trying to add more zombies in. A lot more zombies but the issue is the engine and that the zombies cause an issue with performance so they are trying to fix that problem as they go. I know plenty of people who like like PVE and also PVP they only kill others if there is a threat. Its only in Alpha just like Rust, both are great games one has different things to offer than the other.

cpt0bv1us
cpt0bv1us

@Sky_Stifler @dominoodle  If you have actually played standalone you would know there are very few zombies actually in the game. Most servers I play in (30-40 people) have only a few zombies per town, and none roaming.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@Sky_Stifler @dominoodle  You play DayZ for the PvE? Reallllllly? Its not because I killed you on sight that i'm a COD player. I already have every allies I could wish for. In my view, you re a walking ressources node.