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X4: Split Vendetta is going to expand the size of X4: Foundations quite a lot, along with the upcoming big 3.0 update.

They're not currently giving out a lot of details on what exactly will be in the expansion or the update. The Steam page as well as the announcement sent out was pretty light. Egosoft did say it will increase the size of the universe, while also introducing "two new Split family clans" including new ships, weapons and station modules.

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Both the X4: Split Vendetta DLC and the free 3.0 update will be available sometime in Q4 2019, with Split Vendetta being the first of two planned expansions and included in the Collector's Edition.

Seems that X4: Foundations has taken a bit of a user review hammering lately, with it now sat with a "Mostly Negative" score on Steam—ouch! They should always be taken with a pinch of salt of course, there's always two sides, but when a game has such a rating and it's not due to review bombing then something is up. Let's hope with the 3.0 update, they manage to turn it around.

You can fly on over to Humble Store, GOG or Steam for a copy of X4: Foundations.

Hat tip to Patola.

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Alm888 Aug 9, 2019
Locking some of the content behind mandatory registration and online connection requirement (khm… "Ventures"… khm…) in a single-player game was a dumb move, IMO.

This, coupled with banning all the players using mods from said online-exclusive content (in a game series historically tied to modding community, yeah!) and marking their saves as "cheated"^W "modded" (sorry) and online-centric game balance (crew takes ages to train offline while leveling-up easily during "Ventures") effectively undermined users' trust. Also IMO, of course.
Zapa Aug 9, 2019
Holy hell I might just pick it up! Been playing the X series since X2 the threat and X3:Reunion, TC and AP are high up the list for my favorite games.

X-Rebirth left me with a bad taste so I was glad to see Egosoft go back to the X routes for X4. Been holding out on getting it because of well, all the issues people raised, but with this update I won't be able to contain myself!
einherjar Aug 9, 2019
Quoting: Alm888Locking some of the content behind mandatory registration and online connection requirement (khm… "Ventures"… khm…) in a single-player game was a dumb move, IMO.

This, coupled with banning all the players using mods from said online-exclusive content (in a game series historically tied to modding community, yeah!) and marking their saves as "cheated"^W "modded" (sorry) and online-centric game balance (crew takes ages to train offline while leveling-up easily during "Ventures") effectively undermined users' trust. Also IMO, of course.

What are you talking about?
TheSHEEEP Aug 9, 2019
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Is the game actually fixed and playable now or still full of incomplete features and bugs?


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 9 August 2019 at 4:23 pm UTC
Alm888 Aug 9, 2019
Quoting: einherjarWhat are you talking about?


Don't thank me, it is just some links from the Google search (which can be mastered by anyone). :)

As far as I can understand, currently EgoSoft team is rebalancing the game in a way that the first two levels would be relatively easy to attain without "Ventures" (the 4th and 5th levels still will require lots of gameplay hours), but…

That, coupled with the general hostility towards XReberth'esque X4 from diehard X3 fans is what probably caused the "review bombing".
einherjar Aug 9, 2019
Quoting: Alm888
Quoting: einherjarWhat are you talking about?


Don't thank me, it is just some links from the Google search (which can be mastered by anyone). :)

OK I don't do :-)

It stays on my wishlist, as these things are no problem for me. As far as I have the time to play it, I will probably buy.
iiari Aug 9, 2019
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Kind of surprised the reviews are so negative, but this is fairly standard with EgoSoft titles. You're kind of all-in and know what you're getting, or you're gonna be negative...

I actually started playing around with this and the EA title Void Destroyer 2 around the same time and since then, much to my own surprise, I have been much more drawn to VD2 than X4 actually, with more time in that game and more interest despite the fact that X4 is native Linux and is the undeniably more AAA title. Score one for the indies (actually, one dev).

I usually wait for 2-3 content releases to go all in on X games anyway.

@Patola, pre this DLC release, as someone with 100+ hrs in the game, how are missions and quests and story? I'm generally not looking to build my own galactic corporate empire and tend to be more focused...


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Alm888 Aug 9, 2019
Quoting: PatolaAs I said, Alm888 blew the thing out of proportion.
In my opinion, I have not blown this out of proportion. Just described it as it is. ;)

My intention was to make a guess why exactly the game was "bombed". As I said, alienating the modding community was a dumb move. Sure, the modders already have invented "Offline Ventures" as a means to get the online-exclusive content, but the damage has been done.

Quoting: PatolaThis is a small issue. X4 as a game has a few of them, this is not one of the most pressing.
Suddenly, I am interested. Truth to be told, I am evaluating the game for purchase (waiting for my new rig, which I will assemble myself, some parts are already on the way, and for a discount, even a token one), so, can you elaborate a little further? I'm all ears!

Quoting: PatolaBesides, Ventures will be expanded…
Oh NO! Is it certain? I did not stumble upon this news.
rustybroomhandle Aug 10, 2019
I'm confused. Are you guys upset about an optional online feature in a game? You must really hate the Truck Simulator games then too for adding the similar World of Trucks feature.
rustybroomhandle Aug 10, 2019
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Quoting: rustybroomhandleI'm confused. Are you guys upset about an optional online feature in a game? You must really hate the Truck Simulator games then too for adding the similar World of Trucks feature.

You apparently missed the part about it being part of the single player game which gives online players an advantage over offline ones, so obviously should have been implemented for offline players. Similar to micro-transactions, except the cost is not being able to play offline if you want "the full single player experience". Both a ridiculous and a stupid move!

No, I got that, and it's exactly like how you can make more money with World of Trucks in ETS2 and ATS. I still think you're blowing it out of proportion. Melodrama over nothing.
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