I recently had an idea for a rust mod that I would make except I don’t have the skills to do so. Perhaps it already exists and one of you can kindly link me the sever or maybe this thread will catch the eye of the developers.
The game is simple it’s rust but in a smaller map (about the size of the enclosed road right now). 20-60 players randomly spawn around the island and must quickly gather resources. There are no rad zones, mutants, crates or air drops. You start with every crafting recipe but the catch is when you die you’re out of the game. As people die it will be harder to find one another which is why as soon as the game starts the sea level begins to rise making the map smaller. The map would have to be shaped so that players are not cut off from each other by the water.
After 2 hours the map will be fully flooded. This will leave 1 sole survivor who is king of his shrinking island. When a player dies they can spectate or have the option to join a new game.
How will this affect gameplay? Everybody will be KOS. There wont be any big bases being built, we will see everybody using wood shelters and maybe some 1x1 wooden bases. The lower tier weapons will be predominately used such as the pipe shotgun, revolver and bows. We will see most players gathering resources and killing during the day and using night to craft up for the next day. The day cycle would have to be a bit quicker than the 1 hour it is set to now. Everybody will be carrying most of their items on them. Some players may hide inside their base but eventually they will be forced out by the water and disadvantaged because they haven’t used their time to gather resources and craft the better guns.
This will be a much more intense experience with players having to watch their backs all the time whilst keeping an eye on the creeping sea level. We may see some players teaming up but this could be interesting because eventually this alliance will have to be broken. Perhaps the winner could get a trophy of some sort like a steam achievement or maybe when character customisation comes in they will have access to a special cosmetic item like a tattoo or clothing item that denotes their champion status.
I really like rust but I find that I need to invest a lot of my time in order to make progress. I don’t think I’m the only one who has lost sleep over this game trying to build a more secure base to protect my items. This isn’t a game I could actively play with school/uni/work commitments and I hope a game mode of this sort would open the game up to a wider player base whilst making the game more equal.