This month's update brings fishing villages to purchase boats including the new kayak blueprint, a storage monitor for use with the Rust+ app, some changes to electrified items and other improvements and optimisations.
Kayak and Paddle
The Kayak and Paddle are two new craftable items that will allow you to take to the seas in a more primitive fashion.
Once crafted, the Kayak can be placed in the water (similar to the Sunburn DLC boogie boards). Once deployed, you can sit on the Kayak and use a Paddle to move. LMB will paddle left and RMB will paddle right, so to travel forward you’ll need to alternate between left and right paddles. You can also paddle backwards by holding the back key (S by default) and paddling to slow down or reverse.
The Paddle is a new weapon that you will need to craft in order to operate the Kayak. While not on the Kayak you can also use the paddle as a melee weapon, including using it as a thrown weapon.
Long gone are the days of having to roam the shores of the Rust island in hopes of finding a seaworthy vessel. You'll now be able to acquire a Rowboat or a RHIB at one of the three new fishing villages we've added to the game. Here's the run down:
- You'll now find 3 Fishing villages around the map varying in size.
- Boats are no longer procedurally spawned along the beach and ocean and instead can be purchased from the Boat vendor found at the Fishing villages, 250 for rowboat / 400 for RHIB.
- Fishing villages are safe zones and hostile action will result in a swift death.If you're unable to afford a rowboat, you can opt to purchase the blueprint for a Kayak & paddle which you can then craft yourself any time.
- You can also purchase each piece of scuba gear at the fishing village
Moving forward, you can expect to see some more NPC Villages added to the game (stables anyone?) as well as seeing the impact of these micro monuments have in the game increasing. We're working on a mission system which will allow players to acquire items and blueprints from means other than simply farming scrap, and you'll likely find the mission providers here first.
The Storage Monitor is a new electric deployable which integrates with Rust+. It can be deployed onto the Tool Cupboard and Large Wooden Box to show you how much upkeep you have left and the items inside of the inventory.
The Storage Monitor also detects when items are added or removed from the inventory and will output a pulse of electricity so you can hook it up to traps and alarms.
Please make sure your Rust+ app is up to date to make use of these changes.
Door Controller Passthrough
The Door Controller has been updated to include a passthrough electric output. This should make wiring up circuits for multiple controllers a breeze and cause less headaches for your base electrician.
Electrifying Existing Objects
Having been in the plans for a long time, the searchlight deployable now takes electricity instead of low grade fuel. It currently consumes 10 units of power.
Reactive Targets still behave the same as always, but they now have four optional electrical connections, acting similarly to a pressure pad:
Type Name Function
Input Lower Lowers the target if it's raised
Input Reset Raises the target if it's lowered
Input Power In Power that will be passed through if the target's lowered
Output Power Out Passes (Power In - 1) if the target's lowered
Lowering the target will also send a brief pulse of 1 power even if there's no power input - this is the same way the pressure pad operates.
Car Window Glass
Modular Car cockpits now have glass which provides additional protection, particularly in the armoured module.
Work Bench Pickup
Work Benches can now be picked up and moved. This is likely to impact gameplay in a variety of ways and we will be monitoring this change and how it affects gameplay.
Tier 2 and 3 Work Bench health has been reduced.
Unity 2019 LTS
We've upgraded to Unity 2019 LTS, which stands for Long Term Support. The official policy is that you should only ever be using LTS versions of Unity in production and all other releases are expected to be unstable. Since 2020 LTS is supposed to be released in Q1 2021 and we're currently not really waiting for any major new features there's actually a chance we'll manage to stick to this policy for once.
More Entity Pooling
All the newly added farming, electricity and fluid entities were really taking a toll on performance when lots of them were loading in at once. To fix this I added pooling support to all of their scripts and enabled prefab pooling on their prefabs. This should significantly reduce frame rate drops when moving around a high population server.
I’ve done a pass over a variety of different things in the farming systems this month.
- Server performance for large farms should be greatly improved.
- I’ve added support for Electric Heaters to add warmth to nearby planter boxes, this should make farms in cold biomes a bit more viable.
- You can now hold Attack2 (RMB by default) to access the clone option when mousing over a valid plant. This should make it a bit easier to quickly clone a large number of plants without having to repeatedly open the menu.
- The water flow system has been modified to split evenly between multiple outputs, so if you connect a Water Barrel to a Splitter that then connects to three other Water Barrels, water will evenly be distributed to them.
- The maximum range that water can flow between different entities has been extended, so long chains of water entities should now work.
- The Powered Water Purifier will now stop converting water if it’s output container is full and will automatically resume when space is made.
I’ve spent some time over the last few months working on reworking our gib system to be more performant and use less memory. In case you’re not aware, a gib is a small chunk of something that we spawn when you destroy an object - if you destroy something like a twig wall we spawn 20 gibs that then crumble to the ground and are destroyed.
I’ve reworked this to use pooling so we use a smaller number of reusable gibs instead of creating and destroying them every time you destroy something. While I was at it I also reworked the system to allow us to start using simple collider shapes instead of more complex mesh shapes. In this month's update every gib in the game is now being pooled, and almost all of the gibs that are spawned when destroying building blocks are now using simple shapes.
In our tests we’ve seen that this new system spawns objects twice as fast and uses less memory since we don’t need to include the physics mesh, hopefully this should reduce the number of frame hitches when destroying lots of objects (during raids in particular).
There have been a few more small improvements to performance again this month. Most people should see a small increase in performance, but keep in mind that it's system and situation dependant.
Flares (the bright light effect) have been overhauled and optimised. A lot of the effect is now performed in the shader instead of on the CPU. I've also added some LOD functionality to the system so that distant flares won't effect performance. From our benchmarks we saw a small improvement which should add a few FPS for most people in most situations.
As an added bonus, all light sources will now illuminate the mini game marker on ores at night, not just the miner helmet.
A lot of the static animators now have a LOD component attatched to them now, there were also a lot of prefabs that had useless Animator components attatched to them that the Unity importer added.
In our benchmark demo, the active animator count has been reduced from between 150 and 350 to 30 and 150, and we've seen a modest but noticable improvement (a few FPS depending on situation).
Unity's text rendering system was spending an unneeded amount of time managing text from UI elements that weren't displayed on screen. The benefit to performance we got from this was pretty small but it all adds up.
- Upgraded to Unity 2019 LTS
- New craftable Kayak vehicle
- New craftable Paddle weapon
- New craftable Storage Monitor
- Fixed several issues / exploits with conditional roof pieces
- Fixed water hit projectile exploits
- Fixed harbors sometimes spawning next to massive cliffs, making them difficult to reach
- Fixed junkyard rarely spawning on maps due to monument count / density limits
- Fixed some workshop mesh downloads not working (doors specifically)
- Powered Water Purifier will now stop converting if it's output container is full
- Fixed powered Water Purifier gibs incorrectly aligned
- Fixed garage doors getting stuck closed if a vehicle was too close (garage doors should always be able to open)
- Fixed case where players were incorrectly being blamed for kills a recently driven car was responsible for
- Fixed the invisible extra item slot in the locker UI
- Fixed right-clicking ammo into an autoturret only filling the first slot
- Fixed another user being able to turn on/off single-user static "oven" objects (e.g. refinery, BBQ) while a user is using the UI
- Fixed cockpit-with-engine module engine not being accessible when the module wasn't in the front slot. Engine can now also be accessed from inside the module, as long as the car isn't on
- Fixed people being able to go AFK at a vending machine, preventing others from using it.
- Fixed oil rig crate despawning
- Fixed CH47 crashing into oil rig radio tower on ingress/egress on some map seeds
- Eliminated frame rate drops from several new entities when moving around the map (pooling support)
- Electric Heater will now heat up nearby planter boxes
- Water Barrels will now drain evenly when connected to a splitter into other barrels
- Increased the maximum length of water connections
- Helicopters will no longer be visible at long distances if they are inactive
- Server performance improvements for large farms
- Improved performance and memory consumption when creating Gibs for destroyed entities
- Painted signs will now display in a demo if they were painted when the demo started recording
- Locker now allows right-click moves into either the clothing or belt slots, with items going to the apppropriate place automatically
- F9 large screenshots now include the depth-of-field effect if it's turned on
- Modular Car cockpit modules now have glass
- Reactive Targets can now optionally use electricity, with power in/out and raise/lower triggers. Power flows from input to output while the target is lowered
- Searchlight deployables now use electricity instead of fuel
- Signs, paintings etc now show up when replaying demos (for demos that were recorded after this update)
- Door Controller now includes an electric passthrough output
- Increased interaction hotspot size for initiating locked crate hacking, should help if the keypad is blocked by something
- Text muting a player will now mute their voice chat
- Workbenches can now be picked up
- Drinking tea now hydrates
- Healing tea is no longer found in food crates
- Updated Hapis with fishing villages
- Improved RHIB physics, should now traverse across the water more smoothly