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Egosoft aren't messing around with X4: Foundations, huge update out now

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Like the previous releases from Egosoft, it started a little rocky but to their credit they're really pushing hard on getting X4: Foundations into a good state.

Just recently they put out update 2.50 which includes: an entirely new class of resupply ships; a setting to blacklist ships from entering certain areas; improved inventory management with lockboxes in space and inventory storage at your HQ; they added a note/hint while mouse direct steering mode is active; more variations for Build Station, Rescue Ship and Scan missions and plenty more.

They also improved cockpit glass transparency, improved behaviour of ships docking at busy locations, the satellite deployment tutorial was improved, performance of saving and loading is also better, better gamepad support in certain places, AI improvements and so on. The list of bugs fixed with this release is quite long too, impressively so.

It seems like the Linux version is no longer in beta too! In the release notes they stated "Also with this release, the Linux version of the game is now available to all players" so if you've been holding off now is your time to jump in.

You can grab a copy from Humble Store and Steam, with the Linux build coming to GOG soon (the developer said once 2.50 was released).

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Patola 29 May 2019 at 8:10 am UTC
391h in the game and counting... ;) Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend to any space trucker games fan. I bought the collector's edition the very first day the linux beta was out (Feb 26), and I don't regret a bit. My Steam Screenshots of the game.


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ixo 29 May 2019 at 8:56 am UTC
never plays X/1-3/ games before, but X4 looking promising on Linux
Ehvis 29 May 2019 at 9:02 am UTC
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devnullWas their Steam store page bombed? Reviews are _brutal_.

I think it's more a matter of new players versus old players. Players that know X games and Egosoft had their problems with the game, but also have an idea where it is going. For new players it is a pretty harsh experience.

I enjoy it, but I consider this game to be firmly in early access. There is A LOT that needs fixing/changing. The fact that you need youtube to get yourself going is also not helpful.

Still haven't seen anything about collision damage. That probably means the AI / autopilot is still flaky. I dread the moment when this will be activated though.
Kohrias 29 May 2019 at 9:58 am UTC
When they release it on GOG I will buy it! Hopefully I will find some time to actually play it also
Zelox 29 May 2019 at 10:08 am UTC
Nice! The Linux beta is done =D. Think this is the closest we will get to "Elite dangerous native" until googles stadia becomes more main stream. Im buying this =)!

Is this something you guys are gonna stream as well??
Arehandoro 29 May 2019 at 1:28 pm UTC
In summer, with some extra time on my hands, I will give it a chance. The concept calls me but not sure whether my body will resist it haha.
Patola 29 May 2019 at 3:45 pm UTC
EhvisStill haven't seen anything about collision damage. That probably means the AI / autopilot is still flaky. I dread the moment when this will be activated though.
There is collision damage, it's just not much. If you bump into a space station with your travel drive on full speed, you'll bounce, but you will also lose all your shields and possibly take hull damage. Seemingly in the future people learnt to deal with collision shocks with stuff like inertial dampers and integrity fields. Just don't use the realism argument, because if we had realism we would not have sounds in space, the ships would never turn as they do in every space game, they would not look aerodynamic, asteroids in asteroid fields would be unrecognizably sparse, and so on...

And regarding the auto-pilot, it is wacky but good enough. X4 is a really complex simulation, so some things to be programmed also have to deal with this complexity, hence the autopilot in its obstacle avoidance and pathfinding might fail (sometimes in a big way, and whe this happens Betty, the ship computer, says "autopilot epically failed").
Patola 29 May 2019 at 3:53 pm UTC
ZeloxNice! The Linux beta is done =D. Think this is the closest we will get to "Elite dangerous native" until googles stadia becomes more main stream. Im buying this =)!

Is this something you guys are gonna stream as well??
I know they might look close by both being complex space games, but they have completely different feeling and gameplay. Elite is all about the exploration or a realist scale universe, X4 is about growing and trading and building.and doing battle - sometimes Epic battles involving capital ships with you giving orders and remotely sending ships to places - and in a much smaller "practical" universe, a few dozen sectors each having a few hundred Km each. These games are really from different genres.

About your last question... Yeah, one thing we thoroughly lack are specialized linux game streamers, people that episodically explore, play and teach how to play specific games on youtube or twitch. I wish I had time to do that with X4. In that fashion, though, I have a suggestion for anyone interested in knowing the gameplay, follow AJPuzzleFerret's X4 Youtube series which is funny and very entertaining.


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madpinger 29 May 2019 at 4:53 pm UTC
The current reviews really make it impossible to buy at full price. I have all the previous releases, so idk. Keep playing Avorion for now and wait for a sale I guess.
Patola 29 May 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
madpingerThe current reviews really make it impossible to buy at full price. I have all the previous releases, so idk. Keep playing Avorion for now and wait for a sale I guess.
Your choice of course, but I think the game is still unequaled and Egosoft gives us Linux players top quality support. I not only paid full price but extra for the collector's editions and I have been very active on their forums with about a dozen bug reports with screenshots, detailed descriptions and savegames. They need to continue to see value in having Linux customers.
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