Rust update assigns skin color and face to players


In a recent Rust patch, players were assigned random skin tones and faces, meaning the mutiplayer survival game's servers are no longer filled with identical pale naked men running around hacking at trees, boulders, and each other.

Since a player's appearance is tied to their Steam ID, it remains persistent for all of their lives on every server. "Just like in real life, you are who you are – you can’t change your skin colour or your face," Garry Newman wrote on Rust's devblog on March 13.

"Right now your avatar is randomised via three things. Skin colour, head mesh and head material. We only have 2 face textures and 2 face materials, which means there’s 4 possible combinations. We will be adding more of these later on (at which point your face will probably change)." On March 19, Newman wrote that some polish had been added to faces in another update, but there are still currently only four.

I just started up Rust to see how my character looked, but as I appeared on a server sleeping, two players immediately rushed up and beat me to death with rocks. When I tried respawning, the game crashed. So, not everything has changed.

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The first PC game Chris owned was Choplifter in 1982, and since then our staff writer has played at least three other games. He has a love/hate relationship with Early Access survival games and an odd fascination with the lives of NPCs.
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