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Egosoft have officially announced their latest space sim X4: Foundations is going to launch on November 30th, although the status of the Linux build isn't fully confirmed.

When asked about it, they simply told us "The plan is to launch the Linux Beta at release, but we have to see if that will work out.".

The announcement was accompanied by their new trailer:

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They also released a longer gameplay trailer at the same time, which is an interesting way to do it I suppose. It's a game I definitely want to try out, as it does sound quite impressive. The ability to simply get out of your ship, walk around and climb aboard another ship and continue exploring sounds fun.

Egosoft are claiming it to be the "most dynamic X universe ever", with other races in the game free to build and expand, with a lot of the same options as players which should be interesting. It will offer multiple starting points with different characters, each with their own set of relationships, technology, ships and so on too.

The only current store they've confirmed is Steam. If they do manage to get a Linux build out, we will take a look for sure.

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pete910 2 October 2018 at 9:33 pm UTC
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pete910But I will answer, Having children is only relevant to ourselves, so yes in the eyes of the world/corporations it makes no difference what you or I, the guy down the street does . That is what I am getting at.
And that's where you were wrong in the first place and you were being a jackass to the person saying that those pre-req were steep by saying and I quote "in what world is a 970 a steep ask", if you don't want folks to give you a public buttslap maybe don't be so dismissive and diminishing to your fellow humans.

TL : DR if you don't want to be ripped appart all jaws out , maybe don't bite .

Wind ya neck in !
Please tell how was I wrong? The i5 which is stated as minimum even lost to AMD's bulldozer line in some benches so to say it's in the high end/super computer class is plain wrong.

How was I being "dismissive" ? You assumed I had not done my part financially to support my children as to fund my computers! In essence you was being a assumptive know all.

So to quote "stop being a dismissive and diminishing jackass"
I litteraly quoted precisely where you were being dismissive and have putten your own words in bold ...
So on the block list you go

Lol
iiari 3 October 2018 at 3:05 am UTC
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TheSyldatX games are long term investment not just for the players but also for the dev team.

Totally agree on that. X3 is how old at this point and is still being actively played and modded and still often is in the top 5 or 10 of most people's "Best Space Games" list...

This game and the similar, yet different, but altogether excellent Helium Rain coming out in the same year. I can hardly dream of a better time to be a space games fan on Linux.


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TemplarGR 3 October 2018 at 10:04 am UTC
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TemplarGRToo bad the system requirements are pretty steep.... It requires a supercomputer to run. A Haswell quad core, 8gb ram, and an Nvidia GTX 970 (!!!!) as MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.... Seriously? A freaking 970 is considered "minimum"? And to think it is Vulkan-only... Imagine if it was D3D11/OpenGL....
Just like other titles in the X series it's gonna be a long time seller then their engine will be kept and improved over time , just like totalwar games those titles are playing long haul both in terms of gameplay and in terms of sales , so those requirements don't surprise me too much.

When X-Rebirth got released it asked for a GT600 ... in november 2013 ... (so for GPU's that were barely a year old )

Not comparable. A few years ago the gpu market was more down to earth. These last 2-3 years gpu prices are ridiculously inflated due to ram prices, cryptomining, China growth, and newer processes being more difficult. It is RIDICULOUS to demand a 970 as a MINIMUM requirement. That card is more than midrange, it is borderline high range. At least from a price standpoint, if you are buying new. It is beyond retarded to demand such a strong pc as a MINIMUM requirement, because your potential market shrinks to a tiny percentage of PC users...

Also, these are the MINIMUM requirements. No game runs properly on MININUM, ever. You need at least the recommended to have a passable experience with a game. And judging by Egosoft's history of terribly unoptimized games, i am not hopeful. As for the graphics of the game, they are nothing special. Space graphics are easier to look amazing anyway.


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starfarer 3 October 2018 at 3:23 pm UTC
Looking forward to this! Maybe I'll even preorder...
TheSyldat 3 October 2018 at 3:30 pm UTC
TemplarGRNot comparable. A few years ago the gpu market was more down to earth. These last 2-3 years gpu prices are ridiculously inflated due to ram prices, cryptomining, China growth, and newer processes being more difficult. It is RIDICULOUS to demand a 970 as a MINIMUM requirement. That card is more than midrange, it is borderline high range. At least from a price standpoint, if you are buying new. It is beyond retarded to demand such a strong pc as a MINIMUM requirement, because your potential market shrinks to a tiny percentage of PC users...

Also, these are the MINIMUM requirements. No game runs properly on MININUM, ever. You need at least the recommended to have a passable experience with a game. And judging by Egosoft's history of terribly unoptimized games, i am not hopeful. As for the graphics of the game, they are nothing special. Space graphics are easier to look amazing anyway.
Again it's indeed generally poorly optimized at first but they improve optimization over time. Even X-Rebirth performs way better now then it used to perform back then. Again the important part of my message was that Egosoft still maintains and continues to support their game waaay past the first few months of release.
mortigar 4 October 2018 at 6:57 am UTC
Take my money already dammit.
mortigar 4 October 2018 at 7:03 am UTC
GrifterWhich order do you play the X games in? I bought X3: Reunion, X3: Terran Conflict and X3: Albion Prelude long ago but never got around to playing them, at the time I was hoping Egosoft would re-release their own X2 first, which sadly never happened. Is it still possible to get a hold of the old lgp x2? Would it even run today? But even if I skip X2, which order do I play all my X3s in?

Well, I'd usually recommend the most recent game first. But most people who hate Rebirth will probably start a flame thread .

In all honesty id wait for X4 that way you wont be having to relearn stuff having to deal with changes etc.
Otherwise some variation of X3.

For me at least the story wasn't memorable enough to bother to play all of the games. As in the most general terms the majority of the games are very samey except for a the departure to more of a combat roll in Rebirth.

With the amount of time you can sink into the game, the recommendation is pick the most recent for mechanics, graphics etc.


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Shmerl 25 November 2018 at 12:15 am UTC
Interestingly, their system requirements list Vulkan for the Windows version: https://www.gog.com/game/x4_foundations


Minimum: Nvidia GTX 780/970 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required) Recommended: Nvidia GTX 1070 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required)

Though funny that they didn't bother to specify what the AMD equivalent is. That's not very user friendly.
tuubi 25 November 2018 at 8:55 am UTC
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ShmerlInterestingly, their system requirements list Vulkan for the Windows version: https://www.gog.com/game/x4_foundations


Minimum: Nvidia GTX 780/970 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required) Recommended: Nvidia GTX 1070 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required)

Though funny that they didn't bother to specify what the AMD equivalent is. That's not very user friendly.
You're right, this is too common. I'm sure they've tested on AMD, but this kind of makes you think that they haven't. I'd assume an RX 570 should be close to a GTX 780/970?


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cRaZy-bisCuiT 5 December 2018 at 6:16 pm UTC
Guys, any updates?
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