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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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Cestarian 30 November 2018 at 8:58 pm UTC
kfI'm really tempted to try this out with Proton, but I should really just wait. I also have several exams coming up soon.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/2045

Reading the reviews for the game I'm not in any kind of hurry to buy this, I wanted an improved version of X3, not an improved version of X: Rebirth.
pete910 30 November 2018 at 9:40 pm UTC
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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.

Is that Timmo ?
SuperTux 30 November 2018 at 10:16 pm UTC
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kfI'm really tempted to try this out with Proton, but I should really just wait. I also have several exams coming up soon.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/2045

Reading the reviews for the game I'm not in any kind of hurry to buy this, I wanted an improved version of X3, not an improved version of X: Rebirth.

It's no Rebirth (apart from buggy release, which works in our favour having to wait), I recommend checking actual footage from the like of ObsidianAnt rather than Steam reviews.
zimano 30 November 2018 at 10:32 pm UTC
I love the X series and have been playing since the late 1990's. Two things are for certain though - all of their games are a bit of a mess at launch and they always fix the problems with patches. I'd say it'll take a good six months for things to settle down so here's hoping we wont see the linux version until spring at the earliest.
melkemind 30 November 2018 at 11:53 pm UTC
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kfI'm really tempted to try this out with Proton, but I should really just wait. I also have several exams coming up soon.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/2045

Reading the reviews for the game I'm not in any kind of hurry to buy this, I wanted an improved version of X3, not an improved version of X: Rebirth.

It's no Rebirth (apart from buggy release, which works in our favour having to wait), I recommend checking actual footage from the like of ObsidianAnt rather than Steam reviews.

From what I read in the reviews, it sounds like the X3 fans are pleased with the gameplay, while they managed to keep some of the good features from X: Rebirth. Most of the negative reviews are related to performance. It seems like it's a buggy mess right now.
SuperTux 1 December 2018 at 12:19 am UTC
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kfI'm really tempted to try this out with Proton, but I should really just wait. I also have several exams coming up soon.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/2045

Reading the reviews for the game I'm not in any kind of hurry to buy this, I wanted an improved version of X3, not an improved version of X: Rebirth.

It's no Rebirth (apart from buggy release, which works in our favour having to wait), I recommend checking actual footage from the like of ObsidianAnt rather than Steam reviews.

From what I read in the reviews, it sounds like the X3 fans are pleased with the gameplay, while they managed to keep some of the good features from X: Rebirth. Most of the negative reviews are related to performance. It seems like it's a buggy mess right now.

Yeah I was watching ObAnt and trading is broken, its ironic the pre-release version seemed less buggy lol. Other than that it seemed fine.

Some of the streams seem slow, is it true OBs Studio has issues streaming Vulkan games when in full screen?
Trinexx 1 December 2018 at 1:26 am UTC
melkemindFrom what I read in the reviews, it sounds like the X3 fans are pleased with the gameplay, while they managed to keep some of the good features from X: Rebirth. Most of the negative reviews are related to performance. It seems like it's a buggy mess right now.

It feels like a fusion of X2 and X3, with a handful of overhauled mechanics from XR. I'm pretty damn happy with it so far.

It's a bug-ridden mess right now, but that's how every egosoft game is at launch. They're usually pretty good about fixing their products, so I'm not worried.
etonbears 6 December 2018 at 12:18 pm UTC
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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.

Plus, he moved across to the core dev team and will be making sure that Linux and Mac ports are not made difficult. And, of course, using Vulkan also helps on Linux.

I like their games and will continue to buy them, but not until it works in a supported fashion on Linux.
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