X4 Foundations Announcement Trailer Showcases Gigantic Space Stations And Better AI

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 1:30 PM
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Egosoft announced the sequel to their space explorer series known as "X", where players travel through space, building their own empires. The series was an incredible, deep experience up until they released their last title, X3 Rebirth. Which was... well crap. But, that was 2013 and this is 4 years on.

Set in the depths of an enormous galaxy, X4 Foundations will enable you to start by piloting a little ship around finding trade deals, dodging pirates, building reputation until eventually buying your own armada to control the space lanes of whatever area you decide to build a base to call home.

Devs highlighted the changes coming up in this continuation of their X Series. The AI has a lot more capability to operate on its own, whether managing your base or piloting one of the many ships of your fleet. The game start will be different for everyone because of the new factions, which change the universe. Players can fly any ship whether it is a fighter, bomber or freighter buying more and more and upgrading them as you go.

The X Series is one that is full of potential and the earlier games, with dozens of mods and expansions really pushed that, drawing single player space sim and exploration fans in from all across the world.

But don't let me spoil everything, check out the well-detailed announcement trailer below:

If only a game existed which had space exploration and Star Wars combined.

What are your thoughts regarding X4? Does it look interesting to you? Let us know!

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17:36 Sep-01-2017

Small correction from me. As far as I'm aware, that last game was called X Rebirth. There is no "3" after the X, so have I missed something?
The one before X Rebirth was X3 Reunion, if I remember correctly.

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17:37 Sep-01-2017

Also, has anyone heard anything about implementing VR in the X series?

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19:29 Sep-01-2017

X Rebirth is getting a VR edition I think, as a standalone

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14:38 Sep-02-2017

You're right. I checked out their homepage, and they said as much. But what sucks, is that all your previous save-games aren't compatible with the "new" VR game. Meaning you'll start from scratch. :(
I have had some serious issues with the X game saves on that matter.
For those that want to check it out 4 themselves, here's the link:
http://www.egosoft.com/games/x_rebirth_vr/info_en.php

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14:49 Sep-02-2017

I must correct myself. The game before X Rebirth was X3: Albion Prelude.
Guess I remembered Reunion, because I played the hell out of it. XD

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15:04 Sep-01-2017

i've lost faith in this series.

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14:57 Sep-01-2017

You said fighters, bombers and freighters. Makes me wonder, wil there be capital ships to pilot? Not star destroyer size but.. y'know, cruisers maybe?

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13:55 Sep-01-2017

Haha X3 was such a fail I'm surprised to read about X4.

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19:31 Sep-01-2017

There are 3 games called "X3" in the series; Reunion, Terran Conflict, and Albion Prelude. All of these were quite well received, and I hold them close to my heart :). Are you referring to X: Rebirth?

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21:29 Sep-01-2017

Oh my mistake. Yeah I meant Rebirth

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17:13 Sep-02-2017

Correct, Rebirth was the one that came out of left field =p. Rebirth you were only allowed to fly the one ship, which was a major turn off for me personally, could have cared less about walking around the stations in first person if I was stuck with only one ship for the whole game =p. But sounds like X4 will be back to the old platform.

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17:16 Sep-02-2017

Will also be interesting to see how they handle having some competition on the market now with Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen in the works, I know all 3 pursue a different role and niche, but happy to see the space sim industry receive so much love, competition like this can only be good =p.

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19:09 Sep-02-2017

True, but if the other games require a constant internet connection to function they can forget it. X is the only one 4 me. XD

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