It's always interesting to see sales numbers for a game released on Steam, with the latest developer to show its hand being Facepunch Studios with its new title Rust. Facepunch, run by Garry Newman, is best known for Garry's Mod — thus providing the perfect opportunity for a historical look at Steam's revenue generating abilities.
In a blog post yesterday, Newman compared the two-week sales performance of Garry's Mod with Rust, providing some insight into how much has changed since the former went on sale in 2006.
While GMod managed 34,000 — an extremely healthy number — Rust has performed even better, with 150,000 copies sold so far.
What makes the number even more impressive is that Rust is not only an Early Access title, but double the price of GMod. Whether its Newman's reputation at work, or people are keen for a game with "caveman-themed nudity", the proposition is compelling enough for people to take a chance on it. This is despite the fact Newman admits it contains less than a "100th" of its planned content.
GMod vs Rust Launch [Facepunch Studios]