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X: Rebirth

1 week ago

Space sandbox X4: Foundations is out now

X4: Foundations, the latest in Egosoft's long-running series of enormous sandbox space sims, is out now. Claiming to be a return to form after the notoriously wonky and limiting X: Rebirth, X4 aims to be more of a systems-driven sandbox, rather than a story-driven space adventure. Players can walk around inside vessels and seamlessly onto stations, pilot almost any ship type, build up fleets and…

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1 year ago

X4: Foundations revisiting and expanding spacebasics

Spaceship explore-o-trade-a-shoot-y-sandbox series X will return revamped and expanded with X4: Foundations [official site], developers Egosoft announced over the weekend. They've muttered for years about what they'd fix and changed after 2013's disappointing X: Rebirth and lawks, it looks like they've learned a lot. Spacemen will once again be able to fly every ship in the game rather than being locked to one, for starters.…

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3 years ago

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X Rebirth Launches New DLC Alongside Major Update

Since it's rather catastrophic launch back in 2013, Egosoft have been steadily steadying the X Rebirth [official site] ship with a host of free updates and expansions. The latest drive to get the space trading-a-thon back on course sees the release of the game's Home of Light DLC, its major update 4.0, and discounts across the board to both the base game and its add-ons.

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X4 Not Announced Quite Yet But…

X Rebirth [official site] is not what we wanted next from the space trade-o-explore-a-zapzap sim series, and not really what developers Egosoft wanted either. They've improved it with patches, but alongside the launch of a new patch they've said some things can't be changed - and will be tackled in a not-quite-announced future X game. They don't have too much to say about this semi-hypothetical…

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4 years ago

X Rebirth Blasting Off To Teladi Outpost In First Expansion

Smugglers and pirates are among the space-things coming to X Rebirth in its first expansion, The Teladi Outpost, developers Egosoft have announced. Almost a year after the space sim's awful launch, they feel enough fires are out that they can start making new things. Egosoft still spraying foam and sealing off bulkheads, mind, as they plan to release another two big patches by the time…

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Feature: Afterbirth

Interview: Egosoft On X Rebirth’s Troubled Development

X Rebirth suffered a disastrous launch. Panned by critics and alienating fans, it was easily the worst received entry in Egosoft's long-running space series. It was also the most successful, selling more copies than any other X game. In the six months since release, Egosoft has been working to justify its customers' purchase, fixing bugs, reworking systems, and adding new features. I spoke with Managing…

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5 years ago

X Rebirth Being Reborn With Version 2.0 Update

Once upon a time, the Internet's most powerful Craig, Craig "Craig" Craig (Pearson) proclaimed X Rebirth "an appalling, broken mess, and I’m not going back." Are you sure, though, Craig? Are you absolutely sure? What if... what if it stopped being entirely terrible? What if version 2.0's changes were so extensive that they got their own PDF with a table of contents? Would that be…

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Wot I Think: X Rebirth

X Rebirth was the one game in the current glut of space adventures that I was certain would work. After all, Egosoft has spent the last decade making the most visible and complex space games on the PC. They know how to do this. They also know that the X series has been built for people with an innate understanding of how to play their…

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X: Rebirth Dev Sorry For Messy Launch, Promises Changes

X: Rebirth made Craig sad. Given that all we at RPS want to do is defend Craig and keep him safe from the harsh realities of this slowly rotting world, we were fully prepared to launch a volley of our most devastating starfighters at developer Egosoft. In practice, this would have meant tying bricks to a bunch of paper airplanes - the exact science of…

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Impressions: The First Few Hours Of X Rebirth

X Rebirth is a typical Egosoft game: complex, big, broken in all kinds of ways. I've been playing it a bit, as you probably expected. I'll have a Wot I Think early next week, and you should at least wait until then before thinking about buying it, because thus far it's been a bit of a mess. Here's what the first few hours have taught…

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X: Rebirth Is Out Tomorrow, Launch Trailer Below

Alright, so this is how it's going to be, is it? Craig was Scottish and loved space games. Graham's Scottish so everyone assumes he must love space games too, right? You'd be racist if Scotland was a race. And if I didn't love space games. But I do. X: Rebirth is very exciting, it is being released tomorrow, and now there is a launch trailer…

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Oh, Alright: Have Some New X Rebirth Screenshots

Just the other day I gave you all the gift of a new trailer for X Rebirth, and Egosoft has followed that up with a few new screenshots. I was in two minds about posting them: I am in danger of dragging everyone down into the gravitational pull of my personal excitement, and should probably stop making words about it, but then I clicked on…

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Spacebiff: X-Rebirth Combat Trailer

The thing that surprised me the most during my playthrough of a tiny section of X Rebirth was the combat. It was, admittedly, a combat focused demonstration with a nippy ship, but when I wasn't breaking the game by dodging the story and hunting around the station for fun things to do, being dragged into the space battles wasn't a drag at all. It was…

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Hands-On: X Rebirth

There was always going to be a catch when I finally got my hands on X Rebirth. On the evidence of the previous games, I'd need about a week to get myself settled comfortably in the cockpit of Egosoft's vast space sim, and I was never going to get that. The demo that was sent to me was the Gamescom floor demo, and it wasn't…

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X Rebirth: Trading And Mining, Together At Last

It's definitely the prettiest trading I've ever seen. EGOSOFT's X Rebirth is expanding the options for space shopping, as they explain in a new video, that also covers how the game handles mining duties. Now split into two parts, basic inventory trading will be handled by speaking to actual (NPC) people and selling what's in your ship's pockets. Meanwhile, large-scale trading involves more familiar menus,…

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I Am Space Agog At This X-Rebirth Gallery

The facile part of my brain that likes pretty things is currently whacking my internal dopamine button and I'm grinning like a quokka. That button is well worn after my last look at X Rebirth, where I watched X- Rebirth being unveiled through through tear-rimmed eyes. One eye was soaked in tears from the beauty and excitement from what I was seeing, and the other…

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Eyegasm! 5 Minutes Of Gorgeous X-Rebirth Footage

Given that we have no "next-gen" on the PC, we miss out on the huge leaps forward that consoles get to have. Admittedly, we trade that excitement in for all manner of upsides, but I do miss feeling overwhelmed by a game. The last time it happened was in Planetside 2, when I was hovering over a tank column that was moving along a road.…

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6 years ago

X Rebirth Is Still Floating In Space

You might recollect that X Rebirth was originally targeted for release a couple of years ago, but it's only now entering those final stages. Word (via Blue) is that it will appear at E3 under the banner of new publisher Tri Synergy. The announcement of this appearance is accompanied by a hand-wavey explanation of delay from the dev's bossman Bernd Lehahn, who says “It’s beautiful,…

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