Designing and approving merch took up way too much of our time.
So this year we moved our merch to being designed by you rather than by us, starting with Rust, and you made some awesome stuff. Here’s the store, which is run by For Fans by Fans. The creators get a cut of the revenue now too.
The old forums grew out of control. They stopped being about Facepunch and our games and took on a life of their own. I didn't think it was possible for us to properly serve that community, so we shut it down and they all moved to knockout.
We released the Instruments Pack in Dec 2019. That was a huge success, so we followed it up in the summer with the Sunburn Pack. Which was also a huge success for us.
I think these packs are striking the perfect balance between supporting our ongoing development (ie, the ~15 free updates/events this year) and giving everyone something new and fun to play with, so expect more of that kind of thing next year.
The console version didn't get released in 2020 like we'd hoped.. the good news is that we're 100% confident that it'll be released in 2021, 50% confident that it'll be the first half of 2021, and 25% confident that it'll be the first quarter for 2021.
Valve very kindly gave us access to Source 2 this year, so I've been hammering away at it and having fun, trying to make a successor to Garry's Mod.
If you're interested in that kind of stuff you can follow the progress over on the forums or on the s&box site.
Progress is actually pretty good and I'm having lots of fun, so I'd expect to have something for coders to play with in the first half of 2021.. and hopefully some kind of wider release a few months later.