When Rust‘s next update goes live, players will be assigned a gender based on their SteamID that cannot be changed.
Gary Newman’s open-world survival title Rust has been slowly adding more and more diversity to its player models, first by adding a variety of different races, then, *ahem* penis sizes, and now finally, genders. The twist is that unlike other games which let you pick and choose to customize your character, Rust is assigning all these things randomly, based on your SteamID number, with the assignment being permanent. Just like in real life, you’re stuck with what God dealt you.
“To clear up some confusion, when we it does go live you won’t get a choice of whether you’re female or male,” explained Newman in his Rust devblog. “We’re not ‘taking the choice away’ from you. You never had a choice,” he stated, referencing some criticisms that arose when the whole “randomly assigned race” thing first came up. “A man’s voice coming out of a woman’s body is no more weird than an 8 year-old boy’s voice coming out of a man’s body.”
The new change is coming as part of an update which will add “cosmetic items and Steam Inventory integration, strong female characters models, wood & bone armour sets, and a freelook mode.” Newman stressed that items earned via the Steam inventory will be purely cosmetic – there will be no “pay-to-win” in this game.