A summary of our plans and goals. Any dates or features mentioned here are intentions - not promises. The only promise we can confidently make is that this information is all wrong.
Q4 2017
These are things we MUST do before leaving early access.
Learning Curve
The game is too hard to get into. There's no help and it can be overwhelming.
We need to soften the learning curve and encourage players to stick with it.

Hint Popups
Let players know why something isn't working - such as trying to open a locked door, or hitting something that is not a resource node with a pickaxe.
Task List
A list of tasks which play out like a tutorial
Fix Item Descriptions
Wrong and misleading. We can help players by indicating what items are used for and how to use them. We should also expand the item description panel to allow each item to populate it with a custom GUI, Progress bars for weapon damage and accuracy, for example.
Finish implementing the APC known as the "M2 Bradley". Its first implementation will involve patrolling the launch site but it should include the capability to traverse the roads on the map.
Recoil/Cone System
Revisit the weapon accuracy system in rust and implement a final version using a blend of learnable recoil patterns and minimal aimcone.
Stop using P2P
We use P2P for voice at the moment. Popular cheats are using this to get the IP of other players, and then DDOS them. Route the voice chat through the server instead.
Tree Harvesting Redux
Harvesting trees has been boring in rust for far too long. We must implement a minigame similar to nodes when harvesting trees. They also need to fall down instead of just disappear.
Alternative Mining
Use survey charges to uncover harvestable resources around the map as well as on cave walls.
AI Improvements

Navmesh Improvements
Improve performance and accuracy of the navmesh.
A hostile humanoid NPC that can wield weapons found at dangerous monuments
Better Animal AI
Although the AI has been improved substantially this year, it still leaves much to be desired. Animals should be updated to react how you would expect. This includes better animations and proper flee behavior.
Building Upkeep
Large bases should cost large amounts of resources to maintain on a daily basis. If this upkeep is not met the building will decay rapidly
Tool Cupboard Fixes
The tool cupboard was originally implemented as a way to mitigate griefing. Its use as a crutch has since spiraled out of control.
Farming 3.0
Farming is a mess. Clean it up, make it logical and easy to understand as well as an important core mechanic to the game
Non EA vital things that we hope to complete by 2017
Implement several tiers of workbenches. These will be used to seperate tech tiers as well as reduce crafting times.
New Arrow Heads
Fire, Metal, Stone - These new arrow heads will provide players with various advantages when using bows.
Item Amounts
Revisit the values used in harvesting and crafting and reduce them to around a tenth of what they currently are.
Simplify Damage Types
We have far too many damage types in rust, making the armor system far too confusing. "Stab, Slash, Blunt" should be reduced to "melee"
Small Monuments
Or smalluments that will spawn around roads
Player Model Improvements
More player variations, Better animations. Visible clothing on first person arms.
No more bald heads by default. Spawn players with hair that they can grow and cut.
Visible Item Looting
Items should spawn in the world, visible on shelves and desks instead of hidden in barrels.
Radtown Obstacles
Locked Crates, Keycards, Broken doors, Snapped cables - Looting radtowns should be more involved than simply visiting every empty room. Gaining access to different parts of monuments will require playing minigames and using items you may or may not have brought with you - Beyond which lies a guaranteed reward.
Player Movement Update

Serverside Fall Physics
If a player's connection becomes unreliable the server should take over movement to prevent hovering players
Uncoupled from Physics System
Allows us to move the player at greater than 60hz
Parented Offset movement
Keep track of which entity the player is on. Simulate this object first and let the player move around on it. This allows us to have freedom of movement on large moving objects such as hot air balloon decks, pickup truck beds, or large rafts - instead of being locked into a single position.
New Spawn Options
Spawn near certain static areas on the map such as lighthouses making it easier to meet up with friends. Also, experiment with a barge that circles the island, allowing you to jump off at any point and swim to shore.
Craft Times
Craft times in general are artificial. Players queue up a large amount of crafts to slowly process in the background. There's no reason crafts should take so long, there's no way to make them go faster. Fix this by reducing craft times, adding interactivity to speed up crafting, and adding factory deployables that craft items instead.
Increase the importance of water. Add Water Well "Smalluments". Use water to quench smelted metal to increase its yield. Reduce hydration from other food sources
Things we want to do, but haven't put any particular date on.. we just know that they'll happen when we leave Early Access.
Weight Limits & Backpacks
Reduce movement speed when carrying too many items. Backpacks will increase the amount you can carry before being encumbered. Move faster on roads. Potentially remove the slot limitation in the main inventory and allow it to scroll, making weight the only limiting factor.
A system of logic gate deployables that controls the flow of electricity. When electricity reaches an entity it can react. Allow players to do things such as place pressure pads that when triggered open or close doors and turn lights on.

Mountable Objects
Sitting in chairs, or using wall mounted machineguns
Hot Air Balloon
A pushable object that you can place deployables on. Putting a chest and a turret on this will allow you to continue farming longer before returning to base
General vehicles allowing you to traverse the world faster and carry heavier items long distances.
Rafts & Boats
Allow players to experience maritime gameplay with water vehicles.
Ability to finally ride a horse, or a hog.
Radios & Telephones
Allow long distance voice communication ingame.

Recorded Messages
Divide players up based on Tiers
Players with Assault Rifles should rarely encounter players with stone hatchets. Split up resource locations and radiation levels to encourage players to migrate farther away from starting zones.
Cargo Ship Event
Chinook Event
A periodic event where a transport helicopter delivers a locked crate similar to an airdrop to a specific radtown. Players will have to capture and hold this area for a period of time to gain access to the loot.
An object that will gather loot left behind from dead players so you gain what the attackers lose in a failed offline raid.
Online Raiding Balance
Limit the usefulness of honeycombing, Instead we should encourage the use of traps and add raid notifications (cctv cameras)
Prototype Weapons
Allow players to roll their own weapons using basic parts such as firing chambers, barrels, and stocks. Make a semi automatic revolver shotgun, or a double barreled rifle.
(WIP) Allow players not recently involved in combat to surrender by raising their hands. Another player can search a surrendered player and retrieve a portion of their inventory. Killing a surrendered player will result in a small stash being created containing the remainder that they can retrieve later. Surrendered players can have their clothing swapped out

Restricts vision when equipped
Two-Player Versus Minigame allowing players to extract information such as stash locations and perhaps keycodes from surrendered players
Restricts inventory access when equipped. Other players can press "use" on the handcuffed player to shove them in the direction they wish them to go
Indirect fire weapon capable of delivering explosives from long range and out of your line of sight.
Actually sit in them.
Food Preservation
In addition to food being more scarce and valuable, Improperly kept food will spoil

Tier 2 Cooking
Complicated Recipes such as chicken dinners or stews that provide temporary bonuses to things like max health, radiation resistance, or movement speed. New Deployables such as stoves that provide more reliable and faster cooking of meals.
Console Versions
At some point, when the game makes sense and has very little confusing elements and performance issues, deploy console versions.
Fractional Reloading
When reloading weapons with ammunition one by one (bolt action / pump shotgun) you should be able to finish the reload early and shoot whatever you have put into the weapon.
Wipeless rust
The Holy Grail. A system that allows top level players to sacrifice their progress for a permanent reward and start over with this advantage. Graduating to this level should be done with groups of players periodically so it "feels" like a fresh wipe each time it happens.
Multiple Islands
Use boats to cross the ocean to other, more dangerous uncharted islands.
Maritime Gameplay
Rafts & boats with different engines, scuba gear, dive locations, underwater resources.
Long Term Persistence
We used to have blueprints, then we moved to XP. Now we have components. A feeling of progression was lost in the process. Re-evaluate our decisions here.
Lore Reveal
Actually start revealing some lore about the game to the players through hidden messages and items
Players with access to working in game computers will be able to log on to the ingame network and use it for a variety of purposes

Someone pissed you off? Place a bounty as a reward for obliterating them from the server.
Remote Device Access
Take a look at the CCTV cameras located at radtowns and home in on an enemies last known location. Offer access to your own devices, for a fee.
Need something done? Place a listing
Send and receive electronic correspondence instead of having to drop a note in someones physical mailbox
Item Levels
Explore the possibility of allowing people to create items with higher levels - these items would have advantages over lower level versions of themselves, such as reduced costs, higher protection for armor, or slightly increased damage for weapons.