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Sad news, Facepunch are no longer selling the Linux version of their survival game Rust [Official Site] after removing mentions of Linux support yesterday from their Steam page.

Linux support has been available in Rust since 2013, along with continued support during Early Access and after the official release earlier this year. It was a bit of a surprise that we got an email from a reader, to mention that the Steam store page for Rust was no longer showing the SteamOS/Linux icon or listing it in the system requirements.

Thinking it was a mistake, since nothing was announced, I reached to Facepunch to which they replied with:

Hey dude - yeah we stopped selling Rust for Linux.

I did request more information as to why and will update this article if I receive any further information. To be fair, they haven't had a lot of time to respond again yet, but I feel it's important to get the word out.

It's possible it's due to issues with the Unity game engine, which has suffered some nuisance problems with their Linux support lately. We've gone through black screens, no input in fullscreen and the latest being double-input issues—all issues that have plagued a number of games that use Unity. All of which have been solved in updated versions of Unity though. Still, it has become more of a hassle for developers to support us due to issues like this repeatedly coming up.

To be clear on something though, it might only mean that they're not actively advertising it as a Linux supported game, while still allowing Linux users to buy it and play it—something a few other developers do as well. I highly doubt they would actually remove the Linux version, after it being around for so long.

Really sad about this, we have an active community-run server with plenty of people enjoying themselves on it. Sin has livestreamed plenty of it on our Twitch Channel, purchased skins and all. With all the additions to the game, it was really becoming quite interesting. Even I was also going to be jumping back in soon, so this has me a little down as I did quite enjoy the game as well.

As always, please remain respectful in the comments. Issues like this can become quite heated, but let's not go throwing any insults around. Now is a time to show your support, not have a war of words.


Garry responded on Twitter and said this:

We stopped selling Rust on Linux because we won't/don't give it the QA support it needs. There are situations where there's a Unity Linux bug that pops up, and we ship with it - because it's the right decision for 99.99% of our players.

And while 60% of Linux users are fine with this, they understand their position in this world, it's probably not the right thing to act like it's fine. So while we're still going to ship Linux updates and keep it up to date.. we're not going to sell it anymore.

Also Linux Community - being abusive, demanding, rude to the few developers actually shipping games to your favourite OS isn't the way to go. It makes me regret ever shipping Linux versions.

I've said it before and I will say it again: Developers are human, people do need to understand that and not resort to throwing insults around right away. Even so, if you sell a game on any platform you should be doing QA on it—there's no excuse for not doing it.

Update #2 - Here's what another developer said on Reddit:

Linux is and will still be supported but the decision to remove Linux from purchase was mainly based on multiple issues in the current Unity version (2018.1.4).

We're currently unable to downgrade to a Unity version which corrects these Linux issues and we're unable to upgrade Unity to 2018.2 due to a number of new issues.

Linux is in a state of limbo in which we're unable to resolve, instead of selling a broken platform we decided to remove it from purchase but still offer it to existing players.

Once Linux is in a working state we'll review the decision.

Hat tip to Basiani for letting us know.

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cc2600 27 Jul, 2018
QuoteLinux is in a state of limbo in which we're unable to resolve, instead of selling a broken platform we decided to remove it from purchase but still offer it to existing players.

This makes sense, better to be honest about the current state of the game than to have people try to play it on Linux and experience difficulties. Good decision.
Purple Library Guy 27 Jul, 2018
I don't know anything about this Garry guy, I don't have anything against him, and I don't mind his comments about Linux. I'm willing to accept the idea that he's blunt, outspoken, sarcastic, enjoys stirring up controversy and whatnot (which, OK, if he was operating in my social milieu would probably be taken as "he's a jerk", but I can deal with the concept that social environments differ). All fine.

What strikes me as weird is him then saying stuff like
QuoteAlso Linux Community - being abusive, demanding, rude to the few developers actually shipping games to your favourite OS isn't the way to go. It makes me regret ever shipping Linux versions.

Hang on, mate, isn't that just the Linux community being blunt, outspoken and sarcastic, maybe a little controversial? Suddenly if it's someone else being a bit forthright, that's not OK and he gets to be what he would no doubt call a snowflake? If you're going to be insisting others have a thick skin, you should maybe cultivate one of your own. Contrariwise, if someone's going to insist that everyone be sweet and nice and polite to them, then perhaps they should put a rein on their blunt outspoken sarcasm. One set of rules, friend. To put it the old fashioned way, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 27 July 2018 at 11:59 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 28 Jul, 2018
Quoting: kf
Quoting: Egonaut
Quoting: kfWell, He's a Brit.
So because someone is from Britain, he's allowed to insult others? Interesting..
Yes. Unless you live in a country without free speech, he is allowed to be as condescending and insulting as he wants, fascist.
Well, he's allowed to. And you are too, in general. But not on this forum, I believe.
Purple Library Guy 28 Jul, 2018
Quoting: KristianIt is ever possible to infer that a person hates something or someone without an explicit statement saying so? Just based on their actions and words? I am just wondering.
Of course. Not 100%--but then, even if someone says "I hate X" they could be lying, so explicit statements don't make certainty either. But c'mon, I'm sure there's been Grand Wizards of the KKK who would steadfastly refuse to say they hated blacks, but after they ordered a few lynchings I think you could probably make an inference.
I won't say that this Garry guy is a case for such an inference, but there are plenty of cases where it's really not hard.
OLucasZanella 28 Jul, 2018
I'm sure there was a big red button on his laptop that was coded to tweet "X because Linux gamers are baddies" when pressed. It's a classic.
denyasis 28 Jul, 2018

Game doesn't always work when bought for Linux
Dev's pull game for sale
Dev's promise to continue to push updates to Linuxers who bought the game
Dev's will consider selling again if/when they can fix the problems

Ummm..... Sad, but kinda reasonable?

I'd hate to see what some of us would do when we go to the grocery and find the Lettuce was pulled due to contamination... I'd feel victimized too if I had only Kale available...

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Salvatos 28 Jul, 2018
Yeah, I'd be a lot more pissed about a company selling a game with no guarantee that it works and will work for the foreseeable future. As far as I can tell they did the sensible thing here, regardless of why they can't or won't support the OS, which is entirely up to them as far as I'm concerned. Of course I'd probably make some kind of announcement and offer a refund to the people who bought it for Linux specifically shortly before they removed that guarantee, but I'm sure it's easier if those 17 people make that request themselves if they deem it necessary.
Xpander 28 Jul, 2018
Some of the people here show exactly why we can't have nice things on Linux. Emotional Community, always hurt when something is said about their platform.

That's my opinion
jesta 28 Jul, 2018
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Quoting: XpanderSome of the people here show exactly why we can't have nice things on Linux. Emotional Community, always hurt when something is said about their platform.

I agree with this message. That's all.
lucifertdark 28 Jul, 2018
A bad workman always blames his tools, or in this case lack of tools, especially when he could fully solve that lack in less than an hour FOR FREE, it might take him a bit longer than that to get to grips with the complexities of Linux after spending so may years with Windows but it's not like he'd have to shell out for a whole new machine to run Linux on, it works on pretty much anything you throw it at these days & better than Windows in most cases.
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