Another new month brings another huge change for Rust, with June 2021 introducing a new Contacts system. This is one of the most significant shifts in the very way Rust plays, but what are Contacts in Rust, and how do they work?
What Are Contacts In Rust?
Contacts are basically the people you meet in Rust, who are then added to their own special screen, kind of like a Pokédex for grubs and chads.
Once you meet someone in Rust, they will then be added to the Contacts system. You can wave to other players using the Gestures system to reveal your name, or spot them for a distance with binoculars, which may finally make them a more useful item.
It’s then up to you to assign whether they are friendly or enemies, with the sphere above their head changing colour to reflect this.
Blue means the player is friendly, whereas redmeans they are hostile. Any players unassigned in your contacts will display green by default.
How To Check Contacts
To check and assign contacts, hit tab to get into your inventory, then click the Contacts prompt in the top left.
From here, you will be able to select whether or not to set them as friendly, enemy, simply just seen, or forget them entirely. You will even be able to write a note about the player and also see when you last saw them in-game.
It will be fascinating to see how much this shakes up the very way Rust plays, and if many players even make use of it. The randomness of Rust, including the betrayals and sudden deaths from people you’d never expect, is part of the game’s appeal, so a clerical system like these Contacts may take away some of that spontaneity.
Saying that, though, it can be a little tricky to keep track of everyone you meet in Rust, particularly on very large pop servers. It’ll make it quite dramatic when you meet the person you had a naked rock fight with at the start of the wipe much later on with their name emblazoned in red, but only this time you both have AKs.
Whatever the case ends up being with Contacts in Rust, it’ll certainly make for an interesting change.
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