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Egosoft's latest space sim, X4: Foundations, is releasing today for Windows. Originally, it was to get a Linux beta at release but it seems that's being delayed further.

Speaking on their official forum, the developer said this:

I'm afraid we are very much focused on getting the initial launch completed successfully and haven't planned in detail exactly when we will get the Linux beta started. As I said in my previous reply, please bear with us while the dust settles and we get a clearer picture of when we will be able to put some time into preparing it. Given that information, you can assume that it's now pretty certain that it won't actually be on the same day as the Windows launch.

The good news, is that they still seem to be doing a Linux version. There's no hint of it being cancelled, but it's still a little disappointing that we won't even get a beta release for what could be some time.

There's always an upside though I guess, when the Linux version does arrive hopefully any major gameplay issues would have already been solved. Egosoft didn't have the best time with X Rebirth, so hopefully they took plenty of feedback on when making X4.

It will be available across Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

Hat tip to SuperTux.

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Ehvis 30 Nov, 2018
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To be honest, I'm kind of glad that it's delayed a bit. I have a couple of other games to play/finish and really no time for another one. Would be nice to have it over Christmas though.
Patola 30 Nov, 2018
Damn. I was waiting eagerly for this game... Hope they don't take too long to finish the port.
Nanobang 30 Nov, 2018
I've always been attracted to and befuddled by the whole Xseries of games. I don't even know if they're meant to be played in any particular order. Some are clearly more beloved than others, but from my perspective, outside looking in, they all look pretty samey to me: 4x space baubles, shiny and hard.

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SiinaCutie 30 Nov, 2018
I really hope that they take this delay to make it run very well!
pageround 30 Nov, 2018
I've wanted to get into the X series partially because Spaceships!, but also for Egosoft's excellent history of supporting Linux. I played a little bit of X Rebirth but didn't find myself engrossed. One ship should be enough to have a good time. I'll keep an eye on this, it will probably be ready before Star Citizen has a completely working client under wine. ;)

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Keyrock 30 Nov, 2018
Hopefully it won't be too long and hopefully it's a lot more like X2 and the X3 games than X:Rebirth.
kf 30 Nov, 2018
I'm really tempted to try this out with Proton, but I should really just wait. I also have several exams coming up soon.
pete910 30 Nov, 2018
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Damn it, Was hoping to play this on release

I very nearly bought the collectors edition last night, Glad I didn't.

*throws dummy out*

Am of to go a sulk now.....
linuxjacques 30 Nov, 2018
They need time to start thinking about when they are going to start working on the Linux beta?

Doesn't sound like it's coming any time soon. :-|
rustybroomhandle 30 Nov, 2018
linuxjacquesThey need time to start thinking about when they are going to start working on the Linux beta?

Doesn't sound like it's coming any time soon. :-|

Well, if their Linux dev is still the same guy they hired prior to Albion Prelude, you don't have to worry, he's really good.
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