Move Over DayZ, Rust Takes Steam’s Top Spot
UPDATE: Garry Newman has informed Twitter that the 40 percent figure in the GI story has now jumped to 55 percent.
@ChrisTufnell 55% now :S
— Garry Newman (@garrynewman) January 20, 2014
Conclusion: survival sims are so hot right now.
How else do you explain the early access version of DayZ remaining atop the Steam best sellers list for a full month? And what game finally managed to bump it down a slot? Oh, just another early access survival sim.
Yep, after weeks in the second slot, Rust is now Steam’s top seller. In fact, there were more active players in Rust over the weekend than DayZ. That’s saying something considering DayZ is now well past 1 million copies sold.
Rust is the creation of Garry Newman, the man famous for Garry’s Mod, and he spoke with GamesIndustry about Rust’s surprising success.
“We never, ever expected anything to dwarf GMod’s success,” Newman said. “I did some rough maths this morning: in terms of profits, from sales and royalties, in a month Rust has made about 40 percent of what GMod has made in about nine years. We can’t really believe it.”
Newman recently revealed that GMod has sold more than 3.5 million copies since its 2006 launch, so it’s safe to say Rust is crushing it.
As for replacing DayZ as Steam’s top seller, Newman said he believes both games are good for one another.
“We’re kind of flattered to be mentioned in the same sentence as DayZ, to be honest, because it was kind of our inspiration, it’s why we started Rust in the first place. I think it being out at the same time is probably doing us more good than if it wasn’t, though. Everyone who’s playing Day Z now is probably hearing about Rust and a lot of them are ending up playing Rust too. I don’t think people are going to decide on just one.”
I think Newman’s assessment is accurate. People really, really want to play survival sims at the moment, and with DayZ in such a buggy early-alpha state, more and more are turning to Rust. And for good reason: Rust is much further along right now than DayZ. Here’s to hoping Newman and his team at Facepunch translate their success into a polished final game.