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Born Again - X: Rebirth Announced

Fans of the X series? Awake from your comas - the series is back with the freshly announced X: Rebirth. There's four images, too. And a trailer!

I know there are mixed opinions of the space shopping X games (no skateboarding jokes, please), but really no one is in any position to disagree with their having named the first game's expansion pack, "X-Tension". Really, let's all stop and just clap at our monitors for a moment.

Technically the sixth X game, but should perhaps more properly be called X4: Rebirth, this is the first release in the series by Egosoft since 2008. And they describe it as sporting "radically new game design and top notch graphics." In fact,

"The space simulation X Rebirth heralds more than just an additional chapter within the X series, it is a fresh beginning bringing with it a number of gameplay innovations without compromising its successful origins."

So once more we head back to the X universe, where change is afoot.

"While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power. Enter a young adventurer and his unlikely female ally traveling in an old, battered ship with a glorious past - two people alone against the galaxy, playing a key part in the events to come. The fate of the universe rests in the hands of the player..."

The lack of a number is clearly because they're attempting a reboot here, and presumably because most of those who enjoyed the original 1999 game are so old they've forgotten what happened, and everyone else wasn't born yet. They promise this new game will appeal to the original fans, and these "newcomers" you've heard so much about.

"Varied gameplay elements such as action-packed space combat, detailed trading mechanics and high-speed space exploration with fast travel allow players to experience a truly unique space saga that will keep them hooked for dozens of hours. X Rebirth features a whole new user experience - it is easier than ever to start with, and remains as deep as fans expect it."

They're looking at getting the game out by the end of the year. Are you excited?

Edit: Thanks to Heliosicle for pointing out the trailer:

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