Rust's legacy over gaming over the last decade is clear in the skeleton of almost every survival game. This pedigree has led to bringing it to consoles in just a handful of hours for some.
Unfortunately, things are looking a little rocky right now as those who paid to get early access to the game may miss out.
Those playing in New Zealand and Australia were due to have played Rust Console Edition a few hours ago but, instead, they were struck with problems getting in.
This is the case as the Rust Console Edition release schedule is centred around your own time zone. If you preorder it, you have access to the game at 1 am in your time. Those who bought the deluxe edition or even more expensive ultimate edition got it three whole days ahead of release on May 21.
Luckily, their Twitter account is being very upfront about these issues and letting everyone know they are aware and working on it. Stay up to date on their tweets to find out when they go back up.
Why Did This Happen?
At this point, we aren't aware of why this is happening but we have a good idea of what's going on. Outside of any foul play, it's very likely that they miscalculated how many players would be logging on at 1 am in the morning to play their highly anticipated survival game.
In a similar vein, there is a chance they simply didn't fully test their servers and they could do with some changes and more testing.
For now, there's not really much else you can do to get in early. The team has let people know they're aware and are working on it. We just have to wait and hope.