It is a new month for Rust development and, as with all new months, a forced wipe is in store. That’s right, maps on every server will wipe when the update hits on Thursday. And now, the question on everyone's mind...
Will the XP system come this week?
No. Unfortunately, Helk confirmed to me the other day the new XP system will not be ready for primetime this week. There is still a good deal of work to be completed and, with such a huge change, a premature release could be game breaking. Given this, it appears the earliest time we could see the XP system would be the forced wipe in June.
On a side note, this means there will likely not be a forced BP wipe this week.
Map generation changes
Although we won’t see the XP system this week, we might see some changes to the landscape of Rust. Andre, working on the ‘save118’ branch, has been tweaking and adding to the procedural map generation system. Along with capping the worldsize at 6k (previously 8k), he’s added temperate and arid mountains. What will these look like? We’ll have to wait till the branch is merged in - which will hopefully be before the update on Thursday.
One of the top priorities for the team right now is improving performance. They’ve pushed out a lot of optimizations, however, it’s up in the air as to how much difference they will make. One thing Helk noticed was some large improvements after updating his Nvidia drivers. If you’re running a Nvidia card, help him out by contributing to the reddit thread he created.
I’m happy to announce our first European server is launching with the update this week! Rustafied.com - EU will be a 200 slot server with a biweekly wipe cycle. The server is actually open now for testing, so if you’d like to try it out before the official launch (and get a head start on some blueprints), search for Rustafied.com - EU in the community list or use the direct connect info below.