RUST Update 3rd February 2023

Rust stats, performance and Industrial Crafting | Rust Update February 3rd 2023

This RUST update video is brought to you by Shadowfrax!

Happy update to all! We hope everyone has been getting along well in this new age of automation. Yesterday’s content update introduces a substantial addition to the daily lifestyle of the RUST player. And we know how scary change can be for some, so let’s go over the highlights of what’s happened and what’s yet to come.

The RUST Industrial System

The release of the industrial system is the hottest topic of the update. After the early preview of the system landed on AUX2 early last month, the community pondered countless ways to make their bases unraidable using the new toolset. However, these hopes mostly fell through the floor grills by the time the system was released. 

Despite the perceived nerfing of features, the industrial system still provides plenty of features to help the survivor get through their busy day. If you are interested in some ideas for useful circuits, check out our industrial system guides for some common uses of the system and learn their basic implementations. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll have the knowledge to expand upon the design and create useful circuits tailored to your specific base build and group needs.

Multithreaded networking support

Testing of the multithreaded networking upgrade begins this month on select official servers. While it is not mandatory at the moment, server owners can opt-in to test the feature by adding the networkthread parameter to their startup. For more specifics on implementing this change for your server, please see our multithreaded networking article.

Hapis is officially retired

Facepunch has officially retired Hapis this month. Due to a lack of resources and not due to a lack of love, the Hapis map became more and more difficult to keep updated with the new game features as they were released. 

Hapis Island: April 2015 – February 2023

But what is gone is not lost. The Hapis Community of map makers is a group of dedicated custom map creators intent on preserving Hapis as RUST continues to develop. While there is no official affiliation or promise that the map might be re-introduced to official servers, there’s no telling what the future might hold. If you are interested in following progress, offering ideas, play testing, or getting involved, be sure to join the community’s discord and show your support!

Connect with Hapis Community 

Other changes in this week’s RUST Update

  • The Industrial System is officially released
  • 6 new industrial items were added
  • Electric furnace has been added
  • Piping tool has been added
  • Improvements to server performance for water IO
  • Train cars now have greater variety in loot
  • Fullscreen exclusive support has been removed
  • Default options for code locks have been updated
  • Query port sharing has been deprecated
  • Multithreaded network testing is available by opt in

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

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Thanks for reading, and see you in the next rust update!

Video Transcript

Greetings survivors and friends, Shadowfrax here, and you know, sometimes you get what you asked for, sometimes you don’t get what you asked for, and sometimes you get what nobody asked for, and you know this because you polled the entire community before making that assertion, but Rust keeps on giving regardless. And so it was that the “industrial update” was bestowed upons’t the players, and the age of automation resulteth.

If you weren’t aware of all this, then first of all, where have you been hiding? I’d like to know because it sounds like a nice place, but secondly, don’t worry because here’s an overview along with everything else that’s new this month, including some rather interesting Rust stats.

The Industrial update aims to make crafting and storage more efficient whilst simultaneously giving you even more things to sort out, build and keep track of. It’s very simple, though; when you break it down first, anything you want to connect to the system must have a storage adaptor glued to it.

And items that this can be done to at the moment are Tool cupboards, Large and small boxes, all the furnaces, refineries, lockers, fridges, drop boxes, and vending machines, but not mixing tables which is a very sad state of affairs if you ask me and means I can’t rig one up to a solar panel to create a Teasmade for that essential morning brew.

Next in line are conveyors, which require power and can either shift any items they find from their input to output or be programmed only to shift certain ones and under certain conditions.

Crafters can be attached to workbenches to automate crafting, although not any faster than you would. These also require power and can make stuff for you on demand, as long as the workbench is the right tier for it. Splitters and combiners do exactly what you’d expect them to, and that’s about it.

And you’ve got a nice new “pipe tool” which you can’t smack anyone with, sadly, but which lets you hook all of these things together in a choice of 4 sexy pipe flavors. You’re also getting an electric furnace this month, which doesn’t make charcoal ‘cos it’s electric, duh, but it does smelt a little bit faster.

That’s the overview, and for more details, I’d recommend looking through the blog, as I have kind of gone into detail on this stuff a number of times over the last few weeks. However a couple of things to note about all of this.

Due to certain things that would have been too much fun otherwise, pipes can’t go through walls or vending machines, and you can only run them through doorways, windows, hatches, and deployables such as doors, which incidentally you can place on top of pipes. This reminds me so much of the central heating system in my house. I’m forever tripping over those blasted things. But then that’s the real world for you, I guess!

As performance is always the number one priority *cough to maintain server performance, there are some limits in place to stop things from getting silly, such as a hardcoded 16-container input/output limit for each conveyor. This means that a conveyor will only be able to see the first 16 containers it encounters in its network, but I’m sure that’ll be plenty for most.

There are also some limitations on how many items a conveyor can move in a single tick and several convars (which you can see here) that can be used to control the speed and efficiency of industrial systems on your server.

Of course, adding a system like this is one thing; letting players use and try to abuse it as much as possible is another thing entirely, and so ultimately, it’s all very much SUBJECT TO CHANGE, depending on how well you do. But let me know in the comments if you think this is all a good addition, please.

In other changes applied this week, code locks will now present you with different default options depending on the situation, and so when you first place one, you’ll get “change code” to let you quickly set one. If you’re authed on the TC but not on the lock, it’ll say “enter code,” and if you’re auth’d on the lock but the door is currently unlocked, then the first option will be to “lock door.” What a time to be alive.

More variation in train wagon loot has arrived. Crates inside will have different loot layouts with varying qualities of contents, but overall the loot in these should be better now.

Actually, joking aside, there is plenty of stuff happening to improve overall performance and to summarize what was in this month’s blog. Water catchers and associated networks were congealing server performance somewhat, especially when they were in big operations, so a number of tweaks were made to their behavior to mitigate this. You can read all the juicy details here if you like.

Unity was upgraded to 2021.3 for clients. Servers are lagging behind pending further testing, but this should open up the potential for some performance and visual improvements, hopefully. Sadly though, as a downside, you’ll notice that borderless fullscreen mode has now been ripped out due to a bug that caused some pretty bad performance issues. Ah well, sorry if that’s something you used.

Multithreaded networking for clients and servers is being tested too, and this will begin on selected official servers this month, although you can try it out now. Just be warned. Pause the screen here to see the explanation of how.

And some new client performance metrics are being pulled off internally to help the TEAM see where improvements can be made.. such as with the above-mentioned borderless fullscreen mode.

It’s also interesting to see what sort of frames people are getting on average and what the best-performing hardware is, which has been shared with us this month. It seems that Rust is definitely CPU bottlenecked right now.. with the caveat being not to go out and buy a new one expecting better performance as it’s all SUBJECT TO CHANGE… But here are the results for you to see. Along with the same for GPUs, feel free to pause here to analyze this.

There are also some fascinating pie *mmm charts, which are enlightening. For instance, 75% of you peasants are running 16GB or less of ram.. 73% of you are playing at 1080, and only 2.5% at 4K, and here is a breakdown of the most popular hardware being used.

Not only but also, apparently, 30% of you numpties are using motion blur?? What the flip, people? With hardly anyone using vsync and only 5% of players using SMAA.. again, some interesting stats here.. and as for operating systems.. mac players continue to be special, making up a whopping 0.3% of the player base, and there are still 624 retrogamers using windows 8, you legends!

If the scale of this intimate knowledge Facepunch has on you wasn’t enough, this analysis will be expanded to better see how you are playing the game, such as what the most popular weapon is on each day of a wipe, the win ratio of different weapon matchups, deaths per size of TEAM, hourly loot per monument, and least used items.. etc., etc., which will then be used to presumably nerf. I mean to improve your enjoyment.

Oh yes. Hapis has gone bye-bye now, at least the official version. I know the community is not ready to let it go yet, and I’ll be bringing you some news about this fairly soon, I hope. Also, there is going to be another custom map competition, so there will be such things as static maps still. The main reason for the decision to retire Hapis officially was the amount of work needed to keep it up to date and on par with procedural maps, which is the main focus, after all. But of course, some of you will be in mourning, so you have my condolences.

In works in progress, I know there’s a lot going on, but as for exactly what we can expect next, we’ll have to wait and see. Possibly one of the next things will be a new attack heli for players. Think of an upgraded Minicopter with guns, and by the look of commits, it’ll have a gun cam screen, so exactly what it’ll look like and be able to do will be interesting to see.

There’s also a redesign of the outpost being made, along with a new nuclear missile silo monument and a Ferry Terminal for the nexus system. Pets, building skins, remote control drones and turrets, and all sorts of wonders that I’ll keep you abreast of as they pop their heads out of the woodwork.

Until then, those are the headlines. Please like and sub, and follow me on my socials for notifications and streams, etc., etc. all links are below. Thank you to my supporters for all they do to help keep me going, and I shall, of course, catch you very soon; in the meantime, keep calm and stay Rusty, cheerio.

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