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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.


Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set in the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly) other players looking to steal your hard-won spoils.

When other players attack, it's with firearms and primitive weapons. To stay safe you must build bases or team up with other players in clans. Weapons and ammunition are modelled in detail. They have to be crafted and traded and are a key element of the game. This adds a strategic element to the game and the concept of trust -- who, what and when?

This need to collaborate and forge teams is intensified as the game continues while you are not playing. Along with deploying sentry guns and traps on your base, working with others to ensure you have protection and friendly players to keep an eye on things is essential (and can be coordinated via the related app).

You play Rust on a range of different maps with hundreds of other players. YOu can pull up the map during play but then need to use the compass to navigate to the locations you require to meet. Most of these are randomly generated. Throughout the levels are computer-controlled vehicles and airdrops of key supplies. This results in frantic battles for the parachute boxes when they arrive.

Rust has become very popular online with over five million copies sold. There is a companion app to the game that runs on your smartphone and allows you to control your defences, alerts you to attacks and browse the map. This also enables you to collaborate with teammates more easily.

It is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2020. Before then there is a Rust Console Edition Closed Beta running to test the game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (250 online)

Genres: Adventure, Shooting (Action, Collecting, Creative, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Strategy)

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Fc Pnch Stds (@FcPnchStds)




Play Time: This game will take between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete. It takes tens of hours to become proficient at the game and many will play for over 100 hours due to the open-ended nature and draw of team-based play.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 250-player online game. Numbers on a particular server will range from 128 up to 500, although performance can vary when there are many hundreds of players. On Xbox One this is listed as up to 100 players in the online servers.

Cross-Platform: Play against people on different platforms, Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Rust Console Edition] rated MATURE 17+ by ESRB for Blood, Violence. Players explore the open-world environment, gather resources, create weapons (e.g., spears, machine guns, explosives), and defend themselves from wild animals and other players. Players can attack and kill enemies in frenetic combat, with successful hits resulting in large splashes of blood. Players can keep shooting animals or humans on the ground (i.e., postmortem damage), accompanied by large blood-splatter effects. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire and explosions. When human enemies are killed, they can be harvested for body parts and cooked for food.

The developer states that "this Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content"

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Rust usually costs £34.99 to £69.99.


Steam Store PC £34.99
Steam Store Mac £34.99

Rust Console Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99

Rust Console Edition: Deluxe

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

Rust Console Edition: Ultimate

XBox Store Xbox One £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £65.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can buy additional content for Rust that is usually cosmetic changes to weapons and outfits:
  • The Elite Combat Pack
  • Future Weapons & Tools Pack 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Rust Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
Although you can't select the difficulty, there are ten servers set to the "Softcore" game mode, which offers a slightly easier experience by allowing you to reclaim items when you die via reclaim stations.

At nighttime, unless you have a light source, the game is very dark. This makes it difficult to discern different items and also makes traversal more of a challenge. For every 10 minutes of night in-game, there are 50 minutes of daytime, so you can prepare.

In addition to disabling blood, you can also remove and censor all the nudity in the game in the in-game menu. There is a map item in-game, which you can use to see your location You can zoom in on any part of it, giving you greater clarity on specific locations if necessary.

There are visual cues, although some are small, and additionally can be hard for people with colour blindness to see (ie. a red cross on a green tree indicating it can be cut down can be hard for someone with red/green colour blindness to make out). You can scale, customise and adjust the opacity of the head-up display to make text and icons much more visible.

Although you can remap keys on PC you can only remap two controls in Rust on consoles; your sticks and the button for your special action. You can switch to toggle for talking, sprinting and crouching. There's an auto-run option.

Much of the game requires you to be able to discern different sounds, such as gunfire from leaves rustling. As there is no way to have this information displayed visually, this is a barrier for deaf or hard-of-hearing players.

Most of the guidance, such as directions and tutorials, is displayed as text which is sometimes a similar colour to the background (light blue on dark blue) and is often relatively small. Although individual players cannot choose to filter the chat, many servers have a chat filter in place that not only censors the chat but also removes the players who type it from the game.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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