While your thoughts of keeping both versions of rust around in the future and building a game in the background sound acceptable and workable at first…please remind yourselves that in reality…no one is that understanding or patient.
The current version of rust has serious limitations, it was in serious need of a huge injection of items, fixes, and additions a LONG LONG time ago, and while I totally agree with the motivations to clean up the code and rebuild the game in a new better version of Unity from the ground up, you need to keep one thing in mind…your fan base won’t wait forever! (even if they think today that they will)
Your player base is ready, eager to take everything you so teasingly throw at us in your dev updates in some fancy concept art and 3d render snapshots…but I can’t help thinking to myself, why on earth can’t you’s prioritize porting this game with it’s current set of features and tool-sets into the new build…once you get it there, and your fan base is happily playing again in the new version, begin focusing on new build systems, caves, rubber armor suits, spears made of tin cans and all other manner of exciting and creative injections we have been waiting for, frankly for way too long.
I’ve spoken to server owners, and I have seen the way the server rental options are, some independent players are paying in excess of $150AUD a week to keep their Rust server’s up, they are not likely going to keep both version of the game floating about once experimental goes live, so help everyone out and transition it over as soon as possible.
PLEASE, put more thought into your direction, and transition what you have delivered thus far in the original rust to the new Unity version, before pissing away another couple of years with concept art, and posts suggesting your fan base just “bitch constantly that we’re not updating the game… when in reality we’re updating it every day.”
The problem isn’t that your really doing hard work in the background, it’s that your focus is misplaced on building an end product, when you’ve sold us a promise to be part of the development. Over +2 million people whom bought the game should be proof enough that people don’t mind playing the game WHILE your developing it. It just feels like the original version is now something your using to keep the kids happy while you work in the background on something completely different.
Get back to basics, transition what works till now into experimental…and then build up from there.