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26.Feb.19 X4: Foundations 2.00 released, X-News  (19 Comments)
EGOSOFT is happy to announce the availability of X4: Foundations Update 2.00 including the following main features:
  • Player owned shipyards, wharfs and equipment docks: Players can now build and operate their own shipyards. This allows leaving an even deeper impact on the game's economy. Build ships for yourself or deliver them to the war factions. Participate in the faction wars on the highest possible level or just make a lot of profitsss.
  • Steam Workshop integration: Starting with version 2.00 X4: Foundations now also supports installing game mods via the Steam workshop. This will make it easier than ever for players to try out some of the already existing cool X4 mods!
  • Rebalancing of fight and economy: With Update 2.00 we changed a lot of parameters of the game economy and fight balancing. The goals include making crew gaining experience a bit easier, but also making a lot of changes to the turret and capital ship fight balancing.


As with the previous updates there are many more features and improvements, and the Russian as well as Japanese localisations have now made it out of beta. Find the details about all fixes and features here: Release Notes Update 2.00.

Together with the release of 2.00 we also have a new edition of our X-Universe News with additional details on what's next as well as a special treat: the first chapter of the new book Yoshiko by Helge Kautz.


X-Universe News 68:
posted by BurnIt!
30.Jan.19 X4 1.60 released and next steps in the evolution of X4: Foundations  (182 Comments)
Egosoft is happy to announce the release of update 1.60. You can find the full changelog for 1.60 in the updated Current Build and Version Number topic.

We would also like to take this opportunity to share our near-future plans for X4: Foundations with our community!
Upcoming highlights are:
  • Milestone Updates 2.00, 2.50 and 3.00
  • Online Ventures
  • First Expansion will introduce Split race
You can find our "road map" regarding future updates here: Next steps in the evolution of X4: Foundations

Recently we discovered a video about X4: Foundations by Bluedrake42. We have not influenced or sponsored his video, but we are definitely pleased he's so excited about X4 and we wanted to share his review. It's been a great joy for the entire team at Egosoft to hear all of his comments.

"There have definitely been a few problems with bugs, and the learning curve has always been a little bit high due to the massive giant economy... but I have to say X4 is the best version of all the X Games in my opinion - the UI is way better and easier to navigate, the controls are way more streamlined." - Bluedrake42 YouTube

Check out his full review here: https://youtu.be/2ZHqid2t7vM
posted by BurnIt!
14.Jan.19 Forum Server Maintenace - completed
Forum server maintenance has been concluded and normal operations have resumed.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
posted by BurnIt!
20.Dec.18 X4: Foundations - Update1.50 and Online Ventures BETA
We are happy to announce today the availability of Update 1.50 of X4: Foundations. It adds the ability to ask people for directions, reintroduces a more talkative Betty shipboard computer and fixes a long list of issues. With this update, the game now also gets its first ever X online mode called Online Ventures.


Video explaining 1.5 and Online Ventures

X4: Foundations - Online Ventures

As a Christmas gift, the Egosoft team today releases our first experimental online gameplay mode for any X game into BETA. We call it "Online Ventures".

With X4: Foundations online ventures, every player can send a ship into other players' universes and allow visitors into their own.


Visitors to your universe can easily be identified in HUD and on the map.

They will see your ships the way you designed and decorated them (an exception is if you created your own custom logo).


Assign ship to a venture dock before sending it into a parallel universe.

After building a VENTURE PLATFORM and a VENTURE DOCK, you can send any S or M ship on a selected venture.


Different ventures unlock different rewards. For now they are all safe!

Ventures can take anywhere from one hour to several (real-time) days and will, with a bit of luck, unlock some exclusive rewards on success.


Every player can get one venture platform and one venture dock and build it on any station or on his or her player HQ.

More information about how this works can be found in our X4: Foundations Manual. We want to thank Dave "Sparky" Parker, Dom "Snafu_X3" Hughes, DrSuperEvil, Euclid, YorrickVander and many other WIKI contributors for their irreplaceable help with the X4: Foundations manual and WIKI.

IT'S A BETA - More to come soon!

While the online venture gameplay is now available to all with the normal version of X4: Foundations on Steam and GOG, the online feature itself is still in BETA. There is no risk to your savegames or to stability, but the ventures themselves might go wrong.

Participation in this new online mode is entirely optional and only possible with one unmodified savegame at a time!

X4: Foundations Soundtrack now available

In case you did not get the Collectors Edition with the included soundtrack, there is also now the option to listen to Alexei Zakharov's great X4 Soundtrack via most music download and streaming platforms.

Happy holidays and a great 2019!

Happy holidays from the entire team. We are very much looking forward to building on this great FOUNDATION that is X4 with updates and expansions in 2019!

posted by CBJ
05.Dec.18 Forum Server Maintenace
To better cope with the influx of new players our forum server will be moving to better hardware today.

We expect a downtime of a few hours until everything is back online and hopefully much more responsive.

UPDATE: Forum server migration complete.
posted by BurnIt!
01.Oct.18 X4: FOUNDATIONS - Release date, prices and more  (434 Comments)
EGOSOFT is very happy to announce the release date for the long awaited 4th part of the X series: X4: FOUNDATIONS will be available on Steam and egosoft.com on November 30th 2018.

X4: FOUNDATIONS brings our most sophisticated universe SIMULATION ever. Manage your assets or EXPLORE space in first person. Fly every ship, TRADE and FIGHT to BUILD your empire with modular station construction and THINK carefully when embarking on an epic journey.


X4: Foundations - The start into the X4 universe

X4: Foundations will feature an extremely large universe from day one. Home to several factions of the Argon, Teladi and Paranid races, each with multiple complex economies. The Paranid, for example, are a race with very deep religious beliefs, fractured into two competing empires and now raging war against each other.
Then there are of course also a lot of other potential adversaries: Those where you have a choice, like different Pirate factions, and those where you don't, like the infamous Xenon: A race of advanced artificial general intelligence, once built by mankind themselves to help colonise space.

There will be Expansions, which will bring more races, their ships, stations and lots of missions into the X4 Universe. Our goal is to bring the first big Expansion within about one year.

X4: FOUNDATIONS will be available for $49.99 (€49.99) on November 30th.



Preorder X4: Foundations digital Collector's Edition today

Starting today you can pre-order the digital Collector's Edition and get:
  • X4: Foundations
  • Exclusive pre-order paint mod (requires Egosoft community account connected with Steam account)
  • The X Universe digital artbook 2018: Enjoy the concept art behind the X universe.
  • X Novel: Nopileos by Helge Kautz as English and German eBook.
  • Digital Soundtrack: Download the music, including exclusive versions of the trailer and teaser music in highest possible quality.
  • The X4 Collector's Edition will also include the first two Expansions for X4: FOUNDATIONS:

    • First Expansion planned to be released in 2019
    • Second Expansion planned to be released later
Order the Collector's Edition of X4: FOUNDATIONS now for the discounted pre-order price of $74.99 (€74.99) at:

Egosoft's own online store: https://www.egosoft.com/shop

or from Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/392160/X4_Foundations/


Watch the official X4: Foundations trailer and the X4: Foundations Gameplay demo video here.
posted by BurnIt!
21.Sep.18 Forum Update week of Sept 24th-28th, Downtimes  (128 Comments)
It's finally happening - we are upgrading our forum software to the latest version!
The important bit first: yes, we will be importing all forums, topics, posts, private messages and attachments into the new version!

Expected downtimes during the upcoming days:
Sept 22nd/23rd: Website and forum will be offline for about 2 hours.
Sept 24th-28th: Forum will be offline for about 2 hours. Website may go offline for a few minutes.
This post will be updated with more exact times as the work progresses.


The picture shows a preview of the new look.

We've made plenty of custom changes to this forum over the past almost 16 years, some of which are being made irrelevant by the new software, others we've ported but some will not make it (at least not right away).
With over 4.6 million posts and 400,000 users this is a rather big task with many moving parts so changes to the upgrade schedule may be required at short notice.

Read more details in the related forum topic.
posted by BurnIt!
05.Jun.18 30 Years of EGOSOFT games - June 2018 Celebration Month!  (71 Comments)
While we've been working away on X4: Foundations, it has come to our attention, that it has been 30 years since our first game, Hotel Detective, was released back in June 1988 on the Amiga!

As we hit this milestone, we invite you to celebrate with us throughout June 2018!

First off, while we have been keeping relatively quiet on X4: Foundations as of late, rest assured that we are still hard at work. While we may not have any large X4 data-bursts this month, we do want to share some never-before-seen screenshots of our upcoming game. We hope you enjoy them!


To help celebrate the 30 years, will have a new Live Stream on our Twitch channel, on June 20th at 19:00 CEST (18:00 BST, 12:00 CDT, 10:00 PDT).

In this stream we will try to show some of our earliest games and talk a bit about the history of the company and how it has changed over the decades.

Speaking of our games, the EGOSOFT Shop is running with a discount for the month of June!

And finally, we would like to thank you, the community, for all the support over the many years. 30 years is an achievement we are incredibly proud of and we could not have done it without you!

Here's to many more,
EGOSOFT
posted by Xenon_Slayer
07.Mar.18 Stream? Did somebody say.... stream? (X3AP)  (55 Comments)
[Invitation Detail]
Event: X3AP Stream
Date: 2018-03-16
Time: 19:00 CET
Location: Egosoft Twitch Channel ( https://www.twitch.tv/egosoftofficial )
Participants: The Internet
Language: The Queen's English
[Invitation Detail End]

[Invitation Begin]
Greetings, fellow spacefarers!

We know a lot of you have been clamouring for another developer stream for our next game, X4: Foundations, for some time now. Since we came back from our Christmas and New Year holidays, we've been working very hard on further development of the project, so haven't yet found time to put together another X4 stream. While we've so far really enjoyed our streaming experience, we want to make sure that our streams aren't bogged down in small technical details that not everyone can appreciate, but instead are interesting and exciting.

So one of our developers, Owen "Xenon_Slayer" Lake, had an idea.

Because we still want to stream and have some interaction with you, but we don't have anything new and shiny to show for X4 just yet, he thought, "Why not just sit back, relax with Twitch Chat and play X3: Albion Prelude for a little while?" We really liked this idea, so we decided to make it happen!

With that in mind, you're invited to join Owen and Lorraine "Lothari" Wilson, for a live stream of X3: Albion Prelude on Friday the 16th March at 19:00 CET. Not just invited to watch though - they would like you to direct them. Being the... experts? that they are, simply playing the game would be too easy! They would like you to give us an interesting challenge that they can try to fulfil in a two- to three-hour window. You can post your suggestions as replies to this post - they'll annouce what they're going to try at the start of the stream.

Hope to see you there!
Egosoft Team
[Invitation End]
posted by Lothari
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