The people in charge at Rust have opened Twitter announced that a huge fire in a data center has destroyed a large part of the European servers of the MMO survival title. The Facepunch Studios team has already confirmed that the game data of the affected servers and thus also of the players have been irretrievably deleted.
According to initial information, the fire broke out in the morning of March 10 in Strasbourg, France. The reason for the fire has not yet been clarified. First, an adjacent building burned down completely before the flames then spread to the adjacent data center. A total of 25 servers were destroyed by the disaster. But nobody was injured. All employees were able to flee the building safely and quickly. The developers are currently reporting on Twitter with regular updates on the situation. Accordingly, the studio is currently looking for a quick replacement for the destroyed Rust servers. Microsoft cybersecurity analyst Kevin Beaumont shared pictures of the data center on his Twitter account.
Rust was launched as an early access title in December 2013. In the last few weeks and months, the survival game has received a boost in attention through increased presence with prominent streamers who have started shared servers. The fire could now put a huge damper on Rust's popularity. We will probably only find out the exact extent of the catastrophe in the coming days. By the way, Rust should also appear for PS4 and Xbox One in spring. There will be a closed beta beforehand.
Source: DataCenter Knowledge
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