A major part of Rust is its brutal nature and ruthless PvP, when we added the softcore gamemode last year we saw and have continued to see feedback that many of you want a game mode which takes away the standard Vanilla comforts we've added throughout the years and gives a more ruthless, hardcore experience, so we've done just that.
Introducing Hardcore mode - a new game mode in Rust aimed towards veteran players, gone are the comforts such as safezones, team system and maps but don't worry, the vast majority of our servers will still be regular vanilla Rust.
During this first pass, you will find the following changes on Hardcore servers:
- Local chat (100m range)
- Limit of 5 sleeping bags & beds
- In-game changelog (top left of inventory)
- Contact system
- Crawling when wounded
- Global chat
- Team system
- Safe zones
We believe this is a good starting place for a less forgiving game mode of Rust and we will continue to iterate and improve on it moving forward. If you're a server owner and wish to enable hardcore use the following var in your server startup config "-gamemode hardcore"
10 new official servers will be launching today with this new game mode. If demand exceeds capacity we'll be launching more servers.