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Softcore Gamemode Update

This month we launch the Softcore Gamemode to soften the Rust experience for those that want it, a new automated drone delivery service for your vending needs, work on the Hapis revamp as well as the usual fixes and improvements.

04 February 2021
A major part of Rust has always been its hardcore, ruthless PvP and will continue to be. But we're aware that some players want a less brutal experience (sometimes, anyway). Introducing Softcore mode - a new game mode in Rust, aimed at more casual players. Don't worry, the majority of our servers will still be regular vanilla Rust (hardcore). During this first pass, you will find the following changes on Softcore servers:


  • When you're killed, half of your inventory can be reclaimed by you at either the spot of your death, or at a reclaim terminal (found at Bandit Town and the Outpost) - items in the reclaim terminal will de-spawn after 2 hours
  • All players may now spawn at either the Bandit Town or Outpost safezones at any time (provided they are not flagged as hostile)
  • You may only view the contents of a wounded player
  • Maximum team size is 4 (this includes the number of people who can authorize at a Tool Cupboard or on an Autoturret)
10 new servers will launch with this update and run Softcore mode. We believe this is a good starting place for a more casual mode of Rust and we will continue to iterate and improve on it moving forward.
Marketplaces are a new addition to the Bandit Camp and Outpost monuments which allow you to order items from vending machines and have them delivered to you by drone. Simply choose an open terminal, click on a vending machine, and then place your order. You'll need to pay a delivery fee of 20 scrap for each trade made and wait for the drone to come back with your items. It may take up to five minutes to receive your items depending on how far the drone needs to go. Make sure you take your items - the terminals are only locked to you for 10 minutes! You can place orders at any public vending machine and all NPC shops. However, vending machines which are not in an open area will not be reachable by drone. The overall goal of the marketplace is to make trading safer and encourage more trading in general. This means the delivery drones cannot be destroyed or interfered with.
Entering 2021 Rust was on track to have its most successful starting month to date, we were not quite prepared to have the player base double within 4 days. Thanks to Twitch and YouTube creators, particularly OfflineTV and Egoland this caused a huge surge of new players shooting Rust into Steam's top-selling game globally over consecutive days. Here are some of January 2021 statics:

Game Stats

  • 244,000 Concurrent Players
  • 48,000,000 Game Launches
  • 32,000 Servers Online
  • 31,000 Banned accounts
  • 1,200,000 in game bug, feedback and cheat reports

Twitch Stats

  • 1,373,000 Concurrent Viewers
  • 9,100,000 Twitch Drops Earned
  • 5,500,000 Twitch Drops Claimed
  • 134,000,000 Hours Watched
  • 883,000,000 Total Views
  • 981,000 Hours Broadcasted
Here are some of Rust's lifetime stats as of January 2021: It's not all roses and rainbows when you have such a sudden boost in popularity. You start seeing cracks forming in the foundations, most noticeable for us the server browser was never intended to handle such a large amount of servers. Without going into the technicality this has resulted in many servers not displaying for users and causing a lot of frustration for server owners. We're currently working on and exploring solutions so please bear with us. Anticheat also has fell victim to the spike In popularity. We're continuing to work with EAC and reviewing our efforts. During January we surpassed half a million banned accounts in total. We issued six hotfixes to tackle several cheat related exploits, today's patch will contain further anticheat measures.
Hapis Island just received its single biggest update to date. It was just a few months ago that we had plans to retire it, but after further deliberation we decided it would be a shame to cut it off, seeing as a static map still offers a unique experience.
It is important to note that this is only the first phase of a larger revamp, so here is a list of some of the changes going live now, in addition to things you can expect to change at a later date:

In this patch:

  • Brand new and expanded multi-ringroad network across the entire island.
  • Eastern side revamped.
  • Northern side revamped and expanded.
  • Northwestern side revamped.
  • The desert expanded northwest
  • Shoreline south of Western Lighthouse expanded outwards.
  • Southeastern side revamped.
  • Listening Post island revamped.
  • The old copy-pasted puzzle compounds have been removed.
  • 3 new placeholder road tunnels added.
  • Almost every single monument tweaked, ranging from mere polish to fully replaced.
  • The number of caves has been severely cut down.
  • New mines have been added, and some of the old ones have been polished up.
  • Phonebooth network. And more...

Planned soon after:

  • Add missing monuments. Supermarket, stables and more.
  • Full lighting for monuments and other relevant areas.
  • The two small southern mountains completely revamped/replaced.
  • The desert expanded northwards up and into the canyon.
  • Further puzzle implementation, but without any copy-paste.
  • Power poles, street lamps and other good stuff along roads.
  • Polish and increase the number of habitable islands off the mainland for boaters. And more...
Starting from today till February 11th Twitch drops are enabled for Rust Twitch streamers. You can earn special and unique skins simply by watching your favourite Rust Twitch streamers. We've teamed up with Welyn, hJune, Lifestomper, Posty, Coconutb, Hutnik, Ray_c, Sequisha, Mister Flak and Krissy to bring you special unique drops which can only be earned by watching their channels Learn more at

Building overtop of stashes will now destroy them. This means you can't hide your loot under foundation blocks anymore. If you really want to spend 4 hours chopping trees and placing triangle foundations everywhere so you can find someone's secret stash of 12 animal fat, a hunting bow and a torch, that is something you can now do.
The server browser will now show tags specific to each server. The goal is to make it easier for users to find a server that they're interested in. It might also clean server names up a bit (hopefully). This came a bit last minute so there's currently no way to filter the list by tags but we will definitely be doing this in the future. Server owners can find more information on how to use server tags on this wiki page.
A few new QOL features are worth highlighting: Keylocks now auto-lock when deployed, there's a new "Suicide" option added to the escape menu and auto turrets will now auto-reload after adding a weapon or ammo.
Towards the end of 2020 we helped support three great charity events: Movember, Trust in Rust and Charitable Rust. Thanks to people like yourself purchasing in-game skins and fake moustaches, Facepunch donated a total of $465,876.13. Including the community contributions, this brings the overall amount raised to $633,497.10! All the money raised will help aid mental health, suicide prevention, cancer and more. Huge thank you to everyone involved, we look forward to raising more in 2021.


  • Added Jackhammer admire
  • Added Drones
  • Added Drone marketplace
  • Added game mode support
  • Added softcore gamemode


  • Multiple anticheat improvements
  • Can now wield items while sitting on the sofa deployable
  • Improved padding and removed dead space when scrolling through skins (crafting/repair bench)
  • Skin picker will now sort by recently used
  • Stricter Vending machine placement
  • Can now deploy items inside deployable watch towers
  • Jackhammer skinnable
  • Returned blue barrel
  • Shotgun trap now has more accurate colliders
  • Wooden shopfront default BP
  • Reduced wooden shopfront cost
  • Lowered high end weapons drop rate from APC crate
  • Removed wooden shopfront from the loot table
  • Change lock position on tool cupboard to not clip with cupboard handle
  • Fixed being able to play instruments when wounded
  • Keylocks now auto-lock on deploy
  • Large wooden box can no longer be clipped into world layer
  • Monument loot container size reduced
  • Stricter shotgun trap placement
  • Bradley no longer sits still when it loses sight of a player and is unable to find a better engagement area
  • Updated player backpack model


  • Now catching disk I/O exceptions when e.g. trying to take a screenshot with a full hard drive
  • Death screen now displays death by poison correctly
  • Fixed water jug filling sound not using positional audio
  • Fixed items losing their skin when a stack is split (satchel charges)
  • Fixed instrument midi playback still working when wounded
  • Fixed not being able to buy/sell spacesuits in vending machines (is treated as a distinct item)
  • Fixed couch and chair dismount issues
  • Fixed deploying items on top of auto turrets
  • Fixed keylock floating
  • Fixed building plan conflicting phrases and inconsistencies
  • Fixed finger clipping on admire Thompson
  • Fixed thumb clipping through glove meshes with bow equipped
  • Fixed metal shopfront preventing construction placement in certain builds
  • Fixed Bradley targeting players through certain walls and ceilings
  • Fixed being able to place foundations over small stashes
  • Fixed aimcone bonus being averaged out instead of stacked (fixes Holosight + laser actually being worse)


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