Rust Update February 2021 — Softcore Mode Proves Divisive

Rust Update February 2021 — Softcore Mode Proves Divisive

The Rust update for February 2021 brings a brand-new, "experimental" softcore mode. It aims to make the game more enjoyable for new players.

The Rust Update for February 2021 is on its way. As part of the update, the team is introducing a new softcore game mode. This “highly experimental” mode is basically going to pull the game back toward its original, vanilla form. Softcore will, essentially, make the game much more palatable for both new players and less dedicated active players. If you’re interested to see everything coming, check out the update from Facepunch Studios dev Alistair McFarlane.

While we don’t know the full story until the update actually releases and players get their hands on it, so far the community seems split. Of course, given how hardcore many players are, this makes sense. After all, they play and love the game in its current state, so they’ll always be resistant to change. Not only that, but some players in the comments are taking the opportunity to talk about other ways the game could be improved for new players.

Regardless, it’s important to note that this is an experiment. Softcore mode will undoubtedly change over the course of the next few months. And, of course, it’s not like the hardcore players have to play on softcore servers. So, in all likelihood, this is a fair amount of bluster without much purpose. Unless Facepunch just completely messes this up with bad decisions, it’s hard to see this not being a net positive for the company and community.

Rust is available now on PC. Now seems like a good time to hop in as the Rust Update for February 2021 is launching later today.