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Path of Exile’s Ultimatum league is about gambling your rewards in wave-based survival
Path of Exile’s Ultimatum league is about gambling your rewards in wave-based survival
The Path of Exile 3.14 release date is upon us, and today's livestream fully unveiled what to expect from the Ultimatum league.
Unbeatable is an anime rhythm game where music is illegal, coming to Steam
Unbeatable is an anime rhythm game where music is illegal, coming to Steam
Unbeatable - a game where music is illegal, and you do crimes - is quick to make an impression.
Whisker Squadron Has Serious Star Fox Vibes, But With Cats
Whisker Squadron Has Serious Star Fox Vibes, But With Cats
Falco's looking nervous. As Nintendo isn't showing much enthusiasm for Star Fox at the moment, we're in the fortunate position of having a small number of Indie developers looking to fill the gap. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Talking Point: Which Indie Game Should Be
Talking Point: Which Indie Game Should Be "99"ed Next?
Nintendo's Battle Royale games keep coming. Tetris 99.
Harold Halibut, You Have My Attention
Harold Halibut, You Have My Attention
We last saw Harold Halibut at GDC 2018, but the folks at German indie studio Slow Bros.
Indie Metroidvania Blasphemous Is Getting The Deluxe Physical Switch Release It Deserves
Indie Metroidvania Blasphemous Is Getting The Deluxe Physical Switch Release It Deserves
Complete with soundtrack, poster and more. Blasphemous, one of the better Metroid/Souls-like experiences you'll find on the Switch eShop, is being treated to a deluxe physical edition thanks to Sold Out. The new release hits retailers on 29th June, with pre-orders set to appear at select stores in the near future.
Prime 2D is a gorgeous sidescrolling take on Metroid Prime, and it’s playable now
Prime 2D is a gorgeous sidescrolling take on Metroid Prime, and it’s playable now
The demo looks like a modern indie take on Samus’ saga.
The best platform games on PC
The best platform games on PC
Looking for a list of the best platform games on PC? Back in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, there were countless platformers for console gamers, while the PC had a reputation as a sort of wasteland for this one particular genre.
This Stardew Valley mod totally overhauls the farming game’s professions
This Stardew Valley mod totally overhauls the farming game’s professions
As a roleplaying simulation game, Stardew Valley has a bunch of different professions to pick from to let you live the (virtual) life of your dreams - whether that's as a miner, fisher, fighter, or even just a tiller tending your pixel-art crops in the sunshine.
Review: Genesis Noir - This Indie Gem Deserves A Better Switch Port
Review: Genesis Noir - This Indie Gem Deserves A Better Switch Port
Shouldn't that be Mega Drive Noir? The Switch is a truly marvellous machine.
Shhh... it's a quiet edition of Mystery Steam Reviews
Shhh... it's a quiet edition of Mystery Steam Reviews
There was a time when the video game playing public didn't question silent protagonists.
The Binding of Isaac: Repentance draws over 60,000 concurrent players on Steam
The Binding of Isaac: Repentance draws over 60,000 concurrent players on Steam
The last DLC pack for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth released this week, and fans have flocked to try it. Over 60,000 concurrent players have been recorded, coming close to the indie game's years old record. Courtesy of SteamDB, at the time of writing, 60,780 players have been playing the horror game at once, just 10,000 short of the all-time record of 70,232, set back in 2015.
Save anywhere in Stardew Valley using this mod
Save anywhere in Stardew Valley using this mod
Sometimes, saving a game in Stardew Valley can be awkward, having to finish the day before you can safely turn it off.
Four Of The Best Community-Made Fighters Are Joining The Rivals Of Aether Roster Later This Year
Four Of The Best Community-Made Fighters Are Joining The Rivals Of Aether Roster Later This Year
Will be a "free update". Smash-style indie fighter Rivals of Aether is getting four new characters who have been designed by Steam Workshop creators.
Players’ Choice: Vote for March’s best new game
Players’ Choice: Vote for March’s best new game
It’s no joke, the month of March has come to a close and the Players’ Choice polls are open for you to vote for your favorite new release of the past month! From daring indie darlings to bombastic PS VR adventures, crafty co-ops and everything in between, let us know which release made the biggest […]
Feature: Intriguing Switch eShop Games That Caught Our Eye - 31st March
Feature: Intriguing Switch eShop Games That Caught Our Eye - 31st March
Looking for hidden gems. If there's one painful lesson this scribe learnt in three years of 'Indie publishing', it's that getting noticed is an existential challenge.
Numskull Games Announces Partnership With Limited Run Games, Starting With Battle Axe
Numskull Games Announces Partnership With Limited Run Games, Starting With Battle Axe
Pinning hopes on a Badge Edition. Numskull Games has established itself as an Indie publisher over recent years, with a particular emphasis on physical retail and special editions.
The Weekspot podcast: #031: America's next co-op model
The Weekspot podcast: #031: America's next co-op model
Dr Hakim gives books a bad name, and the story is quite muddled in places, but It Takes Two is easily one of the best co-op games of the last few years.
Surviving the indie gauntlet with Undermine
Surviving the indie gauntlet with Undermine
My name is Clint Tasker, creative director and co-founder of Thorium, and I’m stoked to introduce Undermine to all you PlayStation fans.
Wired Productions Unveils 5 Nintendo Switch Titles In Its 'Direct'
Wired Productions Unveils 5 Nintendo Switch Titles In Its 'Direct'
Some intriguing games for the wishlist. Wired Productions is among the busier Indie publishers, and this week it held a 'Wired Direct' to promote a number of its upcoming titles.
Terraria’s Steam Workshop support has arrived
Terraria’s Steam Workshop support has arrived
Late last year, Terraria developer Re-Logic announced that the open-world sandbox game would be getting Steam Workshop support, but declined to say when it would arrive.
PAX East 2021 Isn't Happening, But PAX Online Returns This Summer
PAX East 2021 Isn't Happening, But PAX Online Returns This Summer
PAX West hopes remain "cautiously optimistic". ReedPop and Penny Arcade have confirmed that PAX East 2021 won't be able to take place this year, but the fun continues thanks to the return of PAX Online. While physical events are still impossible due to the current climate, PAX Online hopes to engage with fans "in new ways", including an Indie Showcase that'll take place between now and the event's start on 15th July.
Sable: Everything we know so far
Sable: Everything we know so far
Captivating indie exploration game Sable is coming in 2021.
Feature: Subnautica Switch Dev -
Feature: Subnautica Switch Dev - "It Wasn’t Always Our Intention To Release Them Together"
Unknown Worlds on its upcoming simultaneous Switch launch. First announced for Switch in a bumper Indie World Showcase from Nintendo back in August 2020, we were delighted to hear that developer Unknown Worlds and Bandai Namco are bringing not only the original Subnautica to Switch this year, but also its sequel, Subnautica: Below Zero.
Katana Zero Dev Says Free DLC Is Now So Big It's
Katana Zero Dev Says Free DLC Is Now So Big It's "More Like Katana 1.5"
"will be 6x the original planned size". Katana Zero was one of the indie hits of 2019 and since then the game's developer Askiisoft has been working on the free DLC. Last February, it was revealed how the content would be three times the size of what was originally planned, and now, in a new update over on the company's website, it's been revealed it's now "6x" the originally planned size.
Xbox Highlights 20 Indie Titles Coming To Game Pass At Launch
Xbox Highlights 20 Indie Titles Coming To Game Pass At Launch
As well as others already on the service or non-Game Pass indies.
Dark Souls and Tetris combine in the action-packed Loot River
Dark Souls and Tetris combine in the action-packed Loot River
If we told you that an upcoming game was "Dark Souls meets Tetris," you'd probably shake your head sadly and say something like "the games journalists are at it again." But that's literally how Slovakian developer straka.studio describes Loot River, an upcoming PC game that blends heavy real-time combat with the block-shifting space management of Tetris. Loot River is an "island-shifting action-roguelike" that casts you as a warrior in a plague doctor's mask who has the power to move chunks of the floor around in a dungeon crawling with horrible monsters.
ID@Xbox and /twitchgaming Indie Showcase: Every Game Announcement
[email protected] and /twitchgaming Indie Showcase: Every Game Announcement
From DrinkBox Studios' Nobody Saves the World to a new look at Twelve Minutes, here is every game announcement from the first /twitchgaming Showcase: [email protected] event.
Take Death Stranding’s hiking to the next level in Insurmountable, out in April
Take Death Stranding’s hiking to the next level in Insurmountable, out in April
Death Stranding is a lot of Hideo Kojima ideas wrapped around a surprisingly rewarding simulation game about hiking - something that few games spend much time thinking about.
So Many Games! What We Shared At /twitchgaming Showcase: ID@Xbox
So Many Games! What We Shared At /twitchgaming Showcase: [email protected]
Wow, what a show! We held our very first /twitchgaming and [email protected] showcase that spotlighted over 60 games coming to Xbox, including over 20 of your favorite indie games that will launch day one with Xbox Game Pass.
This gorgeous indie RPG had a helping hand from Final Fantasy veterans
This gorgeous indie RPG had a helping hand from Final Fantasy veterans
Astria Ascending pairs a storybook style with music from Hitoshi Sakimoto and input from other big name JRPG devs.
Learn how to make great game trailers at GI Live: Online
Learn how to make great game trailers at GI Live: Online
Plus indie devs discuss the benefits of working together
Thymesia is a gloomy action RPG with zippy melee combat
Thymesia is a gloomy action RPG with zippy melee combat
It's always a pleasure to stumble across an indie game you've not heard of before, especially one that looks big and polished, like it's going to toe-to-toe with much bigger games.
Chill city-building game Dorfromantik is out now in Early Access
Chill city-building game Dorfromantik is out now in Early Access
Villages, forests, streams, the satisfying little click of wooden tiles snapping together - that's what Dorfromantik is all about, and the chill little city-building game is now available in Early Access on Steam and GOG. We first encountered Dorfromantik during the Steam Winter Games Festival earlier this year, and our editor Jordan was immediately enchanted by its homey feel and leisurely play.
Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends brings a classic fantasy cartoon strip to life
Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends brings a classic fantasy cartoon strip to life
Little Nemo in Slumberland was a marvelously imaginative cartoon strip that ran more than 100 years ago.
RTS game Shadow Tactics is getting a standalone expansion – Aiko’s Choice
RTS game Shadow Tactics is getting a standalone expansion – Aiko’s Choice
Shadow Tactics, Mimimi Games' 2016 stealth-focussed strategy hit, is among the best RTS games on PC by our reckoning, and it's getting even more content later this year.
Glitchpunk is Grand Theft Auto 2 meets Cyberpunk
Glitchpunk is Grand Theft Auto 2 meets Cyberpunk
Glitchpunk is Grand Theft Auto 2 meets Cyberpunk - and its developers are pretty open about that. This top-down open-world action adventure is the debut game from Polish indie studio Dark Lord, which wears its GTA 2 influence on its sleeve.
Hades Wins Best Game At The 2021 BAFTA Game Awards
Hades Wins Best Game At The 2021 BAFTA Game Awards
In addition to prestigious accolades like Best Indie Game at the 2020 Game Awards and Best Game Times 10 at the 2020 Ari Notis Awards, Hades just picked up top honors at today’s online-only BAFTA Games Awards.
Rust fan remakes its original ‘First Day’ trailer, and it’s spot-on
Rust fan remakes its original ‘First Day’ trailer, and it’s spot-on
Way back in 2013, when Rust was only just hitting Steam Early Access, the survival game's first trailer gave us a taste of what a first day in its wild world might look like. Suitably called the 'Rust: First Day' trailer, it's a pretty rough-n'-ready compilation of its different gameplay features - and, nearly eight years on, one fan has decided to lovingly recreate it, frame-by-frame. Rust fan TheManFrom_Mars (Square Earth, on YouTube) has posted his creation on the multiplayer game's subreddit, explaining that, following a recent thread he posted about the original trailer, he was inspired to make an updated version of the clip, reflecting where Rust's at now.
Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC
Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC
The post Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC appeared first on Fextralife. 2D Action-RPG Under the Island has been announced for PC via Steam. The post Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC appeared first on Fextralife.
RPG Maker MV has sold 500,000 copies, so now it’s on sale for super cheap
RPG Maker MV has sold 500,000 copies, so now it’s on sale for super cheap
If you've ever thought about making your own RPG game, now's probably a good time to start working on it.
The best online board games to play with friends
The best online board games to play with friends
Looking for some online board games to try out with friends? The biggest advantage board games have over their video brethren is that you can reach across the table to give your friends a slap when they inevitably betray you.
Travellers Rest is Stardew Valley for innkeepers, and it could get multiplayer
Travellers Rest is Stardew Valley for innkeepers, and it could get multiplayer
If you're into chill games, you might have heard of Travellers Rest.
GhostWire: Tokyo developer Ikumi Nakamura announces new indie studio
GhostWire: Tokyo developer Ikumi Nakamura announces new indie studio
Ikumi Nakamura, the former Tango Gameworks lead designer who stole the show at Bethesda's E3 2019 press conference, has set up her own indie studio.
Fan Favorite Ex-Bethesda Director Ikumi Nakamura Opens Indie Studio
Fan Favorite Ex-Bethesda Director Ikumi Nakamura Opens Indie Studio
Fan favorite Ex-Bethesda Director Ikumi Nakamura has revealed that she has opened an indie studio to work on new games.
Mundaun Is Beautiful, Hand-Drawn Folk Horror
Mundaun Is Beautiful, Hand-Drawn Folk Horror
It was around the time the severed goat head in my backpack started bleating and then spoke that I truly began to understand the beauty of Mundaun, the new indie horror game from developer Michel Ziegler. Read more...
The Weekspot podcast: #030: night knights
The Weekspot podcast: #030: night knights
What games will actually come out in 2021?
This Ark: Survival Evolved mod adds more than 500 items for a decadent home base
This Ark: Survival Evolved mod adds more than 500 items for a decadent home base
If you're more into creating the ultimate home base than chasing down dinos and other critters in Ark: Survival Evolved, then one of the action-adventure game's new community-made mods might appeal.
Hades Won’t be Featured in the Xbox Indie Showcase This Week
Hades Won’t be Featured in the Xbox Indie Showcase This Week
Xbox's Glenn Gregory has cleared away any confusion before you get too hyped.
In Sound Mind preview – Into the mouth of madness
In Sound Mind preview – Into the mouth of madness
Last week we got a chance to see some brand new gameplay from the indie psychological horror game In Sound Mind.
Get Up To 75% Off With These Switch eShop Offers (North America)
Get Up To 75% Off With These Switch eShop Offers (North America)
2K Games, BIT.TRIP, and several indie hits included in latest offers. We're not lacking for choice with eShop sales currently.
Silent Hill returns tomorrow in Dark Deception DLC
Silent Hill returns tomorrow in Dark Deception DLC
If you're missing Silent Hill, finally, here's some good news: you can return to its foggy streets, creepy nurses and Pyramid Heads tomorrow, via the new and officially-licensed Silent Hill DLC for multiplayer indie Steam horror game Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals. We
Indie publisher Playism is closing its DRM-free store this month
Now the Phasmophobia ghosts can touch you if you dress like Andy Serkis
Now the Phasmophobia ghosts can touch you if you dress like Andy Serkis
Co-op ghost game phenomenon Phasmophobia is plenty spooky enough: you're creeping through houses looking for ghosts, and sometimes you actually find ghosts.
Microsoft announces indie game showcase, will feature Stalker 2 and more
Microsoft announces indie game showcase, will feature Stalker 2 and more
It’s been a pretty big month for all things gaming over at Microsoft.
Xbox Indie Showcase Announced for March 26
Xbox Indie Showcase Announced for March 26
Featuring new trailers and gameplay for over 25 games.
Life is Strange 3 drops this September with a new hero, town, and power
Life is Strange 3 drops this September with a new hero, town, and power
Life is Strange 3 has just been unveiled at this year's Square Enix Presents showcase.
This year’s Game Devs of Color Expo will be held online, and it’s set for September
This year’s Game Devs of Color Expo will be held online, and it’s set for September
The sixth Game Devs of Color Expo has been announced, and is scheduled for September 23-27.
Survival city-builder Endzone – A World Apart has left Early Access
Survival city-builder Endzone – A World Apart has left Early Access
We've noted before how a lot of city-building games don't meaningfully deal with the issue of climate change or humans' long-term impacts on the environment.
Xbox indie game showcase set for next week, promises new game announcements
Xbox indie game showcase set for next week, promises new game announcements
Microsoft will hold an Xbox indie game showcase event on 26th March. The showcase will be hosted on Twitch at 4pm UK time, Microsoft said, and feature over 100 games. Expect brand new game announcements from developers and publishers such as DrinkBox, Curve Digital, Devolver Digital, and Dear Villagers. Read more
Xbox Showcase Announced for End of March Focusing on Indies
Xbox Showcase Announced for End of March Focusing on Indies
Xbox is hosting an Indie games showcase on March 26 exclusively on Twitch with new debut trailers and gameplay reveals.
ID@Xbox and Twitch Team Up for First Indie Showcase on March 26
[email protected] and Twitch Team Up for First Indie Showcase on March 26
We at [email protected], the Independent and Digital games publishing program for Xbox, love indie games.
Discover the secrets behind Human: Fall Flat's 25 million sales at GI Live: Online
Discover the secrets behind Human: Fall Flat's 25 million sales at GI Live: Online
Developer and publisher to discuss 3 years of growth for the smash hit indie game
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Fire up the conveyor belts, because Satisfactory's Update 4 is now out on the building game's experimental servers.
Horizon Zero Dawn and nine superb indie titles free on PlayStation in coming weeks
Horizon Zero Dawn and nine superb indie titles free on PlayStation in coming weeks
Sony's feeling generous again and is giving away another batch of free games - including Horizon Zero Dawn, Subnautica, and The Witness - as part of its latest Play at Home event. Horizon Zero Dawn is, of course, the biggie, and developer Guerrilla Games' open-world adventure - which sees outcast and hunter Aloy embarking on a journey across a sumptuous future version of Earth - will be free to add to your library from 19th April. More specifically, players can get their hands on Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which includes sizeable wintery expansion The Frozen Wilds, and interested parties have until 14th May to claim their free copy. Read more
The new Half-Life: Blue Shift mod for Black Mesa now has a playable intro
The new Half-Life: Blue Shift mod for Black Mesa now has a playable intro
We were excited last month to see that a new group of modders is taking up the project of recreating Half-Life: Blue Shift in the lovingly modernised Black Mesa, and now the introduction is available to play.
PlayStation Indie Games: All the Reveals and Announcements Today
PlayStation Indie Games: All the Reveals and Announcements Today
Sony is announcing or providing updates on 7 PlayStation indie games today, and we'll be rounding up all the news right here, as it happens.
Jade Raymond starts new indie studio backed by Sony
Jade Raymond starts new indie studio backed by Sony
When you fall, pick yourself up and try again.
Indies take the spotlight with a day of new reveals and updates
Indies take the spotlight with a day of new reveals and updates
Hi everyone! One of the best parts of working with the indie game developer community is learning what goes into the experiences they are creating.
Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios Established, Developing Original IP for PlayStation
Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios Established, Developing Original IP for PlayStation
Based in Montreal, the indie studio is backed by Sony.
Jade Raymond launches a new Sony-backed indie studio
Jade Raymond launches a new Sony-backed indie studio
Raymond said she wants to focus on games 'without any barriers or impediments.'
Revealed: Here are the finalists for the Indie Publishing Awards
Revealed: Here are the finalists for the Indie Publishing Awards
Devolver Digital, No More Robots, Team17, Itch.io, Steam, Xbox and more up for awards
Were free-to-play fears unfounded? | Podcast
Were free-to-play fears unfounded? | Podcast
Latest podcast available now, also discusses the recent rise of new indie publishers
"Relaxing" RPG Littlewood Launches In Australia And Europe Next Week
Better late than never! Last month, Sean Young's indie gem Littlewood landed on the Nintendo Switch in North America.
Undertale Makes Its Xbox Debut Via Game Pass Tomorrow
Undertale Makes Its Xbox Debut Via Game Pass Tomorrow
Undertale, the quirky 2015 role-playing game from indie dev Toby Fox, finally heads to Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S tomorrow, and it will be free for everyone with an active Game Pass subscription on console. Read more...
Undertale Comes to Xbox via Game Pass, Includes New Dog Slot Machine
Undertale Comes to Xbox via Game Pass, Includes New Dog Slot Machine
Undertale, the 2015 indie darling about making friends with (or murdering) goofy monsters, is finally coming to Xbox via Xbox Game Pass tomorrow.
32-Bit Horror Chasing Static Creeps Onto Switch Later This Year
32-Bit Horror Chasing Static Creeps Onto Switch Later This Year
An audio-based spookfest set in North Wales. You know that feeling you get when the decade in which you were born suddenly becomes fashionable again, and teens start wearing the sort of outfits that you are embarrassed to have ever worn? Well, in video games, the equivalent is watching indie game aesthetics go through 1-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit and now 32-bit phases, and we certainly aren't complaining. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Undertale Lands on Xbox Game Pass March 16
Undertale Lands on Xbox Game Pass March 16
At long last, Undertale is coming to Xbox! For the first time ever, players on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will have the chance to experience one of indie gaming’s most beloved role-playing games when it launches on Xbox Game Pass tomorrow, March 16.
How to unlock Loop Hero’s secret boss fight
How to unlock Loop Hero’s secret boss fight
Are you ready to unlock Loop Hero’s secret boss fight? The secret bosses in Loop Hero are some of the hardest enemies in the entire game, but this fight is easily missed unless you follow specific steps.
Grime A Souls-Like Metroidvania Gets New Gameplay Video
Grime A Souls-Like Metroidvania Gets New Gameplay Video
The post Grime A Souls-Like Metroidvania Gets New Gameplay Video appeared first on Fextralife. Discover GRIME's anatomical horrors, complete with living weapons, challenging combat and more! The post Grime A Souls-Like Metroidvania Gets New Gameplay Video appeared first on Fextralife.
How to watch new Paradox and indie game announcements this weekend
How to watch new Paradox and indie game announcements this weekend
The Mix's Game Dev Direct will stream new trailers, indie game announcements, and the Paradox Insider on Saturday and Sunday.
Loop Hero tips for beginners – what you should know before you play
Loop Hero tips for beginners – what you should know before you play
If you’re just getting started in Loop Hero, and are looking for some beginner tips and tricks, look no further.
Indie breakout Loop Hero sells 500,000 in first week
Indie breakout Loop Hero sells 500,000 in first week
Four Quarters' deck-building game also sets record for publisher Devolver's fastest-selling soundtrack
Next week’s free game from Epic is about being a space suit
Next week’s free game from Epic is about being a space suit
Games often have you pick up a suit of armour early on, but in next week's free PC game from the Epic Games Store, you are the suit.
Loop Hero will get more speed settings
Loop Hero will get more speed settings
Loop Hero is a game about watching things happen.
Assassin's Creed star's new indie studio gets major EA funding
Assassin's Creed star's new indie studio gets major EA funding
Silver Rain Games, the new developer co-founded by BAFTA-nominated Assassin's Creed star Abubakar Salim, will become the next team working under the EA Originals label.
Rogue raises $2.5m in Series A funding
Rogue raises $2.5m in Series A funding
Investment from Riva Technology and Entertainment will go toward growing indie publisher's team, signing games, and multiplatform push
Indie Dev Shares 'The Last Levels', 36 Super Mario Maker Courses To Play Before Servers Are Shut Down
Indie Dev Shares 'The Last Levels', 36 Super Mario Maker Courses To Play Before Servers Are Shut Down
The end of an era. With Super Mario Maker's servers being completely shut down on 31st March (the original Wii U game, that is, not Super Mario Maker 2 on Switch), one indie developer has decided to give it a mighty send-off. That send-off arrives in the form of a 36-course feast courtesy of Ultra Dolphin Revolution, a developer which has been wonderfully dedicated to the Wii U throughout its life and beyond.
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a game about going to space...
Rust player data lost following fire at European data centre
Rust player data lost following fire at European data centre
Facepunch Studios has confirmed that Rust player data has been lost following a fire at OVH Datacenter.