The fact that the answer to the cheater problem right now is “don’t play on facepunch servers,” reflects how bad of a state rust is in. It’s upsetting to see such a good game that I’ve played since legacy, get tarnished by an issue that facepunch or valve isn’t doing anything about.
I get it, you won’t ever eliminate cheaters 100%, but there are plenty of games like league, apex, fortnight, overwatch, valorant, etc, that have implemented WORKING anticheats. If something like that is too controversial for the player base, then why not take even smaller steps; for example, not allowing players with vac bans to play. The fact that a dude can play on a server with 20 hours on rust, a week old steam account, and a vac ban is astonishing.
When I use to play rust back in high-school as a dumbass kid quick to call someone a cheater. It still was insanely rare to see someone cheat in this game. Right now, you’re guaranteed to have your gameplay burdened by one.
If it takes the next year of monthly updates to become stagnant for you to fix your game, I’m sure a lot of people would prefer that. You can’t enjoy all the cool shit you add when you get clapped by someone 200m away with an eoka pistol.
If facepunch refuses to do anything about this, then I think the only way this game can be fixed is if something like faceit fixes it for them, or everyone just stops buying weapon skins and stops supporting facepunch until they at least try to take some steps. That goes for valve too.