'Rust' could be coming to consoles soon.

Rust

Rust

The multiplayer survival game - which dropped in 2018 on Microsoft Windows and macOS, and was announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019 - was delayed last month, but now there is some hope about its impending launch.

The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has published a rating for the game on consoles, which suggests the title might be close to release.

The listing reads: " Players explore the open-world environment, gather resources, create weapons (e.g., spears, machine guns, explosives), and defend themselves from wild animals and other players.

"Players can attack and kill enemies in frenetic combat, with successful hits resulting in large splashes of blood.

"Players can keep shooting animals or humans on the ground (i.e., postmortem damage), accompanied by large blood-splatter effects.

"Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire and explosions. When human enemies are killed, they can be harvested for body parts and cooked for food."

Developer Double Eleven confirmed the delay in December.

They said in a blog post: "It’s been a while since we shared anything in the public domain and as the end of 2020 is nigh, we want to confirm that 'Rust' is still coming to console, just a little later than planned.

"We love making great games and bringing them to new audiences, but that sometimes means taking a bit longer to get it right than we originally planned and comes at the unfortunate cost of the disappointment and trust of those who were so keen to play it upon launch."

The studio noted they had kept quiet "for so long" because they were waiting until there was something "meaningful" to share from the work they were doing "behind the scenes".