Rust: a person sat in a burning helicopter while someone else looks at a wooden structure.
Image via Facepunch Studios/Steam.

New Rust update adds a tutorial island for new players

Plus, we can sort of see at night now.

Since releasing to early access over ten years ago, Rust has become one of the most famous online survival games in the current era. I say “famous” when I really mean “infamous” because, as anyone who’s played the game knows, it’s hard as frick. What we really need is a tutorial.

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Ta-da! As of now, the latest patch for Rust has started rolling out which, low and behold, implements a Tutorial Island, perfect for getting to grips with the fundamentals. According to a post over on Steam, the island offers a way of adding a “safe environment to learn the basic controls and mechanics of Rust before being set loose in the main game with other players.”

It also says that all players will be prompted to run through the tutorial “when they first spawn this month,” but you can decline the offer. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Basic movement
  • Crafting
  • Building bases
  • Upgrading bases
  • Respawning
  • Basic combat
  • Resources
  • Looting containers
  • Cooking
  • Using Furnaces
  • Workbenches
  • Using a vehicle

No mention of how to cope with being screamed at by aggressive teens

That’s probably one of the biggest things to come out of this update. But there’s also another huge improvement that’s been made to Rust in the guise of better night lighting.

The update notes go on to say that to combat “gamma hacking” from players, the studio has added a “Nightlight feature.” Essentially, this is a shader that illuminates the immediate area in front of you at nighttime, “mimicking the effect of natural moon light.”

In short: you should now be able to see much better in the dark. It’s still going to be pretty dark, though, so don’t expect to be able to confidently run through the inky blackness with nary a care in the world. This is Rust, after all.


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