Rust has been out just five weeks but is following in the footsteps of DayZ by having a hugely successful alpha launch that has seen it earn more than 55 percent of what Garry’s Mod managed in nine years.

Facepunch Studios’ founder and titular creator of Garry’s Mod, Garry Newman, was surprised at just how well the wilderness survival simulator has done, notching up over half a million sales for an extremely early version of the game…

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"We never, ever expected anything to dwarf GMod's success," Newman said. "I did some rough maths this morning: in terms of profits, from sales and royalties, in a month Rust has made about 40 per cent (now 55%) of what GMod has made in about nine years. We can't really believe it."

GMod helped fund the development of Rust, which was intended to be a slow burner but has instead blown up massively, scaling the Steam sales charts with aplomb. GMod has managed to sell over 4 million copies to date, meaning that Rust still has some way to go to achieve this target, but it’s still well on course to dwarf GMod’s sales.

Being in the alpha stage of course means that the game is in no way finished, but this hasn’t deterred wannabe naturists flooding into the game’s dangerous wilds. “Well, people like doing the opposite of what you ask them, don't they?” said Newman. “We never exactly wanted people to not buy the game, as such, but at the same time it serves as a warning - if they buy it then it crashes we can say 'we told you so'! Still, it's surprising how many people did buy it.

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