Rust developer, Garry Newman of Facepunch Studios has offered some blunt advice to the community on Reddit based on what he sees as a regular problem.
According to Newman, players of his open world survival game go through a regular pattern of behaviour. Starting with being excited about a major update for the game followed by being bored for a month, then jumping onto Reddit to complain about it. Instead of wasting time complaining, Newman suggests that those bored players should simply move on.
Garry Newman says that he isn’t trying to be dismissive in what he is telling Rust players, rather he is trying to be pragmatic.
I’m noticing a pattern, and we need to address it. It’s something we need to get past as a community, not only because it’s getting boring but because it has wider implications.
We’re stuck in ping pong loop. We release an update, you love it for a month, you get bored, blame the system, bitch for a few months, then we release another update – and the same thing happens.
My worry is that this is going to be a constant thing. We’re not going to hit a point where you go – yep – don’t change anything – keep it like it is. Because it’s not that one particular system is much better than the other, it’s just that one is fresher than the other.
So I’m going to make a suggestion..
If you’re bored of the game then just stop playing it. But before you get angry about it consider whether we have given you enough entertainment over the last 3 years to justify pocketing your $20.
I know this probably sounds pretty dismissive, but that’s not how I want it to be. I’m trying to be pragmatic. If you’re interested in the game, if you play regularly and still get enjoyment when you play – we’re definitely interested to hear what you think. We especially love hearing your stories, watching your videos, seeing your screenshots and paintings – all things that this subreddit has been very low on.
If we want to leave Early Access then breaking this loop has to be part of that plan. We have a pretty good idea on how to push forward with Rust, but none of it is going to make the game more appealing to people that have spent their last 1,000 hours hating it.
While, as you can imagine, the responses have been varied with some players praising Rust, others have lashed back at the post.
Some responses have been more thought out than others with one Redditor, /u/Arm-the-homeless, saying that what Newman is seeing as boredom, is in fact frustration.
You’re so busy chasing some ideal form that probably doesn’t exist, and in the process you’ve gone and destroyed something beautiful.
You guys have taken this crazy home invasion simulator that rewarded creativity and ingenuity and turned it into a gathering simulator with guns. Creativity and ingenuity are being snuffed out, grind is being increased, rewards are being reduced.
Rust is available now on Steam Early Access for Windows PC, Mac and Steam OS.