Yesterday, Facepunch Studios announced the Zipline & Rail Update for Rust, featuring powerline ziplining, the first iteration of their procedural rail network, achievements, and much more. You can play the patch now on Rust, but there's also a Twitch Rivals competition for a $100K prize pool and an Easter event on the horizon.
While an early look, the procedural rail network is live and shows up on any map size of 4250 or bigger, creating a single railway that loops around the entire island. The developers did mention it is a tech test/proof of concept for now, so there's nothing you can do with it. However, players can expect to ride driveable trains on the tracks soon. For the time being, you can settle for powerline ziplining to make ends meet when traversing the island.
The exterior of powerlines received a nice upgrade this month, too, placing platforms around them to access the zipline and give you a lay of the land. If you're in a hurry, you can speed up on the line by holding forward and can jump off at any time at the risk of a painful, deadly fall.
Following the traversal changes, players can earn 18 new achievements like fully repairing a car to help them learn the basics of the game. There are also lighting improvements across the map that gives interior buildings such as the Lighthouse or Arctic Research Base a more ambient look during daytime or nighttime. Additionally, a list of quality of life initiatives, network performance optimization for Steam players, and game balancing will hopefully knock out existing complaints.
Coming April 14th will be a competition between 80 Twitch stars, with 40 from North America (team Disguised Toast) against 40 from Europe and Latin America (team Alexby11), to win a $100K prize pool by taking over within 48 hours. The Rivals event will likely be exciting for viewers curious about who might win among their favorite streamers, but just before the Twitch showdown, players can try out the Easter Event on Rust that releases at 14:00 EST. More information about the egg collecting event will come out next week.
Check out the additional minor changes on the Rust dev blog here!
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