I have always thought how cool rust would be if there was massive servers with a ton of different instances islands (each island acting like its own server, but each server being part of the big server and everything syncs across).
I imagined boats and specialized islands. Such as a small, harsh archipelago somewhere in the north where if it wasn’t raining it was snowing. I imagined massive central islands where there was a ton of bigger clans fighting for control of a certain resource only found there. I imagined going to different islands and creating new identities on each of them. Gathering resources and fighting NPC’s only found on that island. Living a nomadic lifestyle, fighting for a central resource, hiding away where no one can find me or building a massive fortress and claiming an island for my clan.
Interesting player interactions and dynamics. Trading between different islands because some resource can only be found there. Blockading these trading routes, monopolizing the market (player economy run by players and influenced by players.)
Imagine sailing and boating. Being a pirate or living on your houseboat. Creating massive gunships and raiding all across the seas and oceans.
Progression staying the same across all servers. I keep all my stuff and knowledge when I flee this island or go to raid this one.
Islands as big as the ones servers have, or islands 1/4th that size.
This could be the official servers.
There is a ton of possibilities if this happened. I just talked about a few of the interesting ones, but anything could happen if you chose to pursue this.
Of course, there would be logistical problems. Who’s going to moderate this all, how will it be balanced. Server costs? Wiping? Do we have enough content to make this worthwhile and fun?
While, this couldn’t work right now. This could be a very interesting idea for the future. And if you wanted to play with a group of friends or wanted to find a more personal experience in one of the community run servers, that is where you will find them. If you don’t like vanilla rust, the modded servers will help with that.
What do you think. Would this be awesome? Would it be a worthwhile endeavour when we have more content, more players, more hacking protection? Feedback wanted
-sorry for any spelling mistakes. I typed this out on my phone, so autocorrect might have fucked things up.