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Is Rust a free-to-play game?

Rust is a popular multiplayer game that has been around for a few years, but many players are just now hearing about it. Thanks largely to its prominent placement across streaming services like Twitch, loads of survival fans are becoming interested in checking out the experience. But is Rust a free game? Or do you have to pay if you want to play?

Is Rust free-to-play?

Is Rust game free?

No, Rust is not a free game. It is a paid experience without any free-to-play game modes. The game is currently available for purchase on Steam for a listed price of $39.99. It will likely cost the same price when it launches for PS4 and Xbox One.

While Rust is definitely not free-to-play, it is at least a bit cheaper than most triple-A releases. Modern games tend to launch around $60, or even higher for some current-generation releases. However, the price for Rust is set at just $40. Even better, the game often goes on sale, or can be found discounted at places such as Humble Bundle.

Rust is supposed to be coming to consoles, too. Unfortunately, the game was delayed in late 2020, and is now looking at a vague 2021 release window. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are planned, and those copies should work fine on current-generation platforms. However, without definitive launch plans in sight, it’s unclear how much these console versions of the game will cost. It’s also unclear whether or not PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of Rust are in the works.

In short, Rust is not a free-to-play game. If you want to play it, you’ll have to fork over some cash. Thankfully, it tends to go on sale quite often. Look around and you may be able to find a discount on Steam, Humble Bundle, or the storefront of your choice.