‘Rust’ Developer Takes Heat for Showing Off New Game Prototype

Developer Facepunch Studios has agitated the Rust community simply by announcing that it is working on several other game ideas. It all started when it announced a prototype for a new game called "Riftlight," an arcade space shooter with action-RPG elements. Fans of Rust, the popular action survival game that was released on Steam Early Access, are angry because Rust is still in development and unfinished. Fans see it as Facepunch taking focus away from that game to work on this new game.

But in a post responding to a rising chorus of complaints from the Rust community, Facepunch leader Garry Newman says that fans are overreacting.

"Are we crazy?" responded Newman. "Are we doing it wrong? Should every person in the company be working on the same thing? Should HBO make one TV show at a time? Should Warner Brothers make one movie at a time?"

"Our strategy at the moment is to hire talented people to make the games they want to play. We're not asking you to fund this. We're not starting a Kickstarter and begging you for money – we're funding it."

"We are spending money Rust and Garry's Mod make to do this. Arguing that we should be re-investing that money back into only those games is like telling Apple they can't spend the money they made from iPhone and Macs to fund the development of the iPad."

Newman also points out that money made from Garry's Mod went into Rust two years before it was released as an Early Access game.

"We funded Rust for one-two years before it eventually became what it is," answered Newman. "You bought early access to it. When you buy a pizza you aren't funding Domino's, you're just buying a pizza."

"It's true that the sales of Rust have been insane and we have stepped up development to suit, and you only have to compare the experimental version to the live version to see that."

Newman went on to say that Rust will still be updated "very regularly", and that the people who are working on Rust will continue to work on the game. "They're not working on prototypes. That should be very obvious by the dev-blogs we post every Friday."

"I am guessing that a lot of game developers bigger and smaller than us have multiple prototypes in the works, but they aren't showing them to you. The only thing that makes our situation remarkable is that we're willing to talk about our process and show our experiments."

Source: Eurogamer

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    Longjocks says:

    I don't see it as incendiary. I don't know where that comes from. He's telling it like it is and I'll take that over rubbish PR talk any day. I still don't give a crap about Rust either, mind you, but if a developer's attitude was to influence my buying decisions it'd probably work in the reverse for me where I'd suddenly be interested in Rust.

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    Davvolun says:

    I wasn't intending to buy Rust, but the attitude here completely turns me off. There's a way to make this statement without being incendiary and then there's the way he did it; which is to say, his argument isn't invalid but maybe run it past a PR person first next time?

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    Wymorence says:

    Kind of. His entire argument was that you don't expect HBO to work on only 1 show at a time, but they're not a small indie development company, they're gigantic. I don't really think a team of 25 really should be working on anything beyond 1 or 2 games at most, but to still have Rust in development (and yet still being sold on Greenlight) and be flouting your new project already just reeks of time mismanagement for such a small company.

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    Longjocks says:

    The comparison is fine and it's a matter of scaling. HBO can work on X projects at one time with a maximum of Y being feasible. Facepunch can work on A projects with a maximum of B being feasible. X just may equal 100 and A may equal 5, or something like that.

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    Wymorence says:

    Same with his HBO comparison… HBO isn't just a handful (25 as of July according to Wikipedia) of employees, it's a massive corporation of god knows how many people. You are not HBO Facepunch, not even by a longshot.

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    GrimCW says:

    Nor I… When you buy the pizza you're paying a marked up price for what goes into it. Buying the food AND funding Dominoes at the same time… There'd be no profit if you didn't.

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