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A Linux beta of X4: Foundations is due in 'the next few days' (update: it's up)

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Update: Looks like the beta is up! It does have some known issues they've stated like it taking a while to launch, hot-plugging issues with controllers and "graphical glitches on lockboxes and jumpgates on radv". I've requested a key to see if we can take a look (edit: they've now provided me with a key).

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Looks like the folks over at Egosoft are keeping to their word, as they've announced a Linux beta really is going to be soon.

They did announce back in January that a Linux version would be available somewhere between the 2.0 and 2.50 updates. Yesterday, the big 2.0 update was released and they mentioned this about Linux:

Linux support is on its way:
In the next few days we will launch the X4: Foundations beta for Linux. If you have a gaming PC running under Linux and are able to help us test the game on this platform, please give it a try! Linux-specific issues can be reported in the dedicated Linux support thread.

Egosoft seems to have had another rough start, as X4 is currently sat with a "Mixed" rating overall on Steam. Hopefully with their commitment to continue expanding it, they might be able to turn this around.

It's a pretty big update to the game, here's what's been added:

  • 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.
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Patola 26 February 2019 at 10:06 am UTC
This is one case where I don't trust steam reviews one bit. Not many people can "get" what the X Series has to offer, they're difficult games to get used to. Frustrated complaints will surely dominate.

Anyway, I'll buy the game as soon as the Linux beta is out, but not before. Or should I wait for some sales? If I buy the game and then two weeks later it goes on sale, it would be frustrating.

Nevertheless. I watched dozens of hours of gameplay already, can't wait to test it by myself.


Last edited by Patola at 26 February 2019 at 11:03 am UTC
Ehvis 26 February 2019 at 10:11 am UTC
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This is one of those games where the delay may have been a positive one. Now they've had some time to work on the game and polish it so we get to have a better experience from the start. Count me in.
Boldos 26 February 2019 at 11:37 am UTC
EhvisThis is one of those games where the delay may have been a positive one. Now they've had some time to work on the game and polish it so we get to have a better experience from the start. Count me in.
I was one of those, who screamed a bit before Christmas that Linux version will come delayed. I have to admit I was venting some of the frustration about the game not being available during the end year's vacation period.

Although I still have a bit of a bad taste for the Linux version being delayed, I have to agree with you now that waiting might have been beneficial for this one...
Alm888 26 February 2019 at 1:18 pm UTC
Good news!
As much as I liked "X: Rebirth", no way I'm gonna pay in full for a delayed release. I'm waiting for DRM-free Linux version on sale (most probably, on GOG) to get it.
Liam Dawe 26 February 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
Update: Looks like it's actually available now.

Edit: Egosoft has provided me with a key


Last edited by Liam Dawe at 26 February 2019 at 3:39 pm UTC
Beamboom 26 February 2019 at 3:48 pm UTC
Alm888Good news!
As much as I liked "X: Rebirth", no way I'm gonna pay in full for a delayed release.

Why not? I mean, if it's worth it it's worth it, isn't it? So, if they held back the windows version until the Linux version were ready (now) you'd buy it, but since Windows received it first you want to, what, punish the devs?

A good game is a good game, and it's not like this was released a decade ago on Windows.
Tiedemann 26 February 2019 at 3:53 pm UTC
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Def buying this the next couple of weeks as I really enjoyed X3.
Keyrock 26 February 2019 at 4:22 pm UTC
As long as this game is closer to X3 than it is to X Rebirth I will happily buy it, but not while the Linux port is still inbeta. Once it's deemed stable and feature complete, I'll insa-buy it. I'm a long time fan of the series... Except Rebirth.
Cestarian 26 February 2019 at 4:31 pm UTC
Although they screwed up the launch quite a bit, this game is certainly starting to look better and better with every passing month. I think I will buy it in a few months.
Patola 26 February 2019 at 4:48 pm UTC
Alm888Good news!
As much as I liked "X: Rebirth", no way I'm gonna pay in full for a delayed release. I'm waiting for DRM-free Linux version on sale (most probably, on GOG) to get it.
It's delayed, sure, but they prioritized it enough that it is out much earlier than on X: Rebirth comparatively, and even though at the same time they are heavily patching and expanding the game. I think they are showing enough love for Linux that warrants them the full price priviledge.
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