RUST Update 25th March 2022

RUST Update 25th March 2022

First look at ziplines and trainlines! | RUST update 25th March 2022

This RUST update video is brought to you by Shadowfrax!

RUST development has been zipping along nicely and now we’ve got some visuals to add in for the new zipline system as well as the above-ground rail network.

Ziplines are here for testing

Players will be able to access the zipline system by locating large power line pylons that are now fitted with ladders. Scuttle on up these ladders to reach the zipline platform to mount a zipline and begin a terrifying decent to the connected platform. This will only work if the destination platform is at a lower elevation, as you would expect. Some platforms may even connect to monuments, if they are generated close enough.

If you are looking to try out the new zipline system before it releases in the next update, check it out now on staging. Just make sure you’ve downloaded and installed the RUST Staging Branch from Steam.

How to opt-in to a RUST Beta Branch

  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam library and choose ‘Properties’ from the context menu.
  2. Click on the Betas tab to bring up a dropdown that will show which betas you’ve opted in to (default setting to ‘none’.)
  3. From this list, select ‘aux01 – Pre-Staging’ and this will queue your staging branch with the update for the auxiliary branch.
  4. Install the update and run the game to search for servers that are running the HDRP backport branch for play.

When you are done testing the future, you may go back to the Betas option screen and change the option back to ‘none’ to queue the regular staging branch to install files that are on the main staging branch. Enjoy!

Above ground rail network

The topside railway is still in heavy development, but some early glimpses of the system show that the rail network will form a loop around the game map. The rails will intersect roads and trails, so there’s still work to do to smooth out those interactions. It sounds like future features to be added in with the railway will include sidings, stations and even a custom train model specific to the above-ground system.

Other highlights in this RUST update include:

  • Ziplines are available for early testing on the beta aux staging branch
  • Many of the large powerline poles are upgraded to include zipline platforms
  • Eager zipliners can climb the available ladders to ascend to the platform and mount the zipline
  • Ziplines only work if the starting platform is at a higher elevation than the destination
  • Most platforms connect to other platforms, some connect to nearby monuments
  • You can dismount a zipline at any time, but beware of long drops..
  • Pressing ‘W’ will allow you to move at full speed
  • The above ground rail network is also presently ‘on-track’ for the next update
  • April’s update should include the procgen railways, but no trains will be included yet, as bugs are ironed out
  • The train network will form a loop on the map that may intersect roads and trails
  • The workcart won’t be used on this track system
  • Free spray with the spraycan should be coming soon to staging for testing
  • A blue light is being added to the magnet crane cockpit
  • Monument lighting updates continue on the airfield
  • Work continues on the Pets branch
  • Hapis updating continues
  • The brick building branch is still plugging away, but with mostly hidden commits still

And with that, you’re here to watch his video!

Be sure to browse Shadowfrax’s past RUST videos and don’t forget to subscribe to his channel for alerts on his latest work!

Connect with Shadowfrax

Video Transcript

Greetings, survivors and friends, Shadowfrax here zipping back into your lives and sliding down the cutting edge of development, where today I can literally show you how ziplines in Rust will work, AND actual pictures and footage of progress on the above-ground train network.


But first of all, it would put my tiny mind at rest to know you’re subscribed, so slap that button, please, if you haven’t, and join the ring-a-ding-ding club to enter the notification lottery. Also, stay tuned as I have a rather good Facepunch related giveaway for you this week.


So this week, ziplines – which as with everything are – SUBJECT TO CHANGE – have been merged into the staging aux branch.. where they can be enjoyed by everyone.. details in the description of how to opt-in.


At present, you’ll find quite a few pylons have been upgraded to sniper towers *cough, I mean, have had walkways and ladders added to let you access the top where you will simply be able to look at a powerline to mount it and zip to wherever it goes, as long as that’s in a downward direction, of course.


Most will be connected to other pylons, and if near enough, they might also be connected to monuments, which is very handy. Plus, when you’re on one and want to go faster, just press W to accelerate to the blistering top speed. Although, a bit of WD40 wouldn’t go amiss. You can, of course, dismount whenever you want, but it’s not recommended.


They should be included in the next patch on April 7th, at which point most of the wrinkles should be ironed out, and we’ll have a much better idea of their final form.


Now, I’m very grateful that Facepunch let me canter around today on the above-ground trainline branch, and I can show you the latest progress on how it’s meshing with the road and trail systems.


Just to say that this is heavily SUBJECT TO CHANGE, and in a very basic form.. but it is on track to be included in the next patch.. although there won’t be trains spawning on it for a while. It’ll just be something nice to look at.


As you can see from the map of the server I’m on, which is procedural, the trainline forms a basic loop of the island, and in a number of places, it crosses over both trails and roads, which is one of the trickiest things to get right I imagine, although I’m sure there will be many procedural generation hoops to jump through to get it flowing right.


In subsequent iterations, you can expect to see sidings, stations, a double-track for travel in both directions, some kind of connections to monuments, and maybe even tying players to them; ok, I added that one. But we’ll have to wait to see how it all works. In addition, despite what I’m doing here, it looks like we won’t be using workcarts up top as a new train model is being worked on, apparently. The excitement never ends! Stay tuned for more on this.


In other news, getting artistic with the spray can will be possible again soon on staging; you can currently spray on things, and the spray will hang around for a while, although you still can’t be trusted with trees, apparently.


The magnet crane is receiving some more improvements, with a blue light being added to the cockpit, which will come on when the cabin is within 10 degrees of facing straight forward, and you’ll also be able to hold the crouch key to rotate it back to zero.


Work continues on darkening the airfield, I mean tweaking the lighting, plus plenty of stuff going on in the background from the TEAM still on Pets, the Brick building branch, and of course Hapis island.. which is going to be amazing, I’m sure. And I’ll bring you more on these when I get it.


Right, so as some of you may have heard, Chippy, that game Facepunch makes that doesn’t have anything to do with Chips. It just got released on the Switch and had a big update on PC to include things like local co-op, extra levels, and difficulty modes.. plus of course, for as long as you own both it and Rust, you’ll unlock the arcade cabinet in-game to craft.



Well, to celebrate, I have 5 keys to give away for the Steam version of Chippy, and you’ll find a link to enter that in the description below. I’ll get the winners picked on the weekend and send you an email if you’re successful, so keep an eye out for that, as if you don’t reply, I’ll give it to someone else.


Ok, you’re up to date. Let me know what you think of ziplines and trainlines in the comments and anything else you’d like to tell me. I do try to read all your comments; that’s why I have this twitch.


Talking of which, Follow me on Twitch for streams, Twitter, Facebook, Discord, and my Steeeam group for updates, and you can support me directly through Patreon, channel memberships, or via my merch store; links are all below.


I shall catch you all soon, but in the meantime, keep calm and stay Rusty, cheerio.

About Squishface

Squishface is the co-founder and owner of Corrosion Hour; a RUST community and website dedicated to helping server owners with the administration and navigation of the ever-changing landscape of RUST. As a tech professional with over a decade in the field and a deep love of gaming, she spends much of her time in code researching and developing ways to bring meaningful content to players and readers.

View all posts by Squishface →