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X4: Foundations to come to Linux with one of the next major updates

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Entering my inbox recently was an update on the roadmap for X4: Foundations [Official Site], Linux is still in their plans but that date isn't too firm yet but we now have an idea of when it might be.

In December, Egosoft release their big 1.50 update which came with their first attempt at an online mode, which is a pretty huge thing. They're committed to further developing X4 as noted in the email from their PR team to us.

There will be a few minor updates, along with a huge 2.0 update in February, this will add in the "ability to compete with the faction shipyards by selling ships to the war factions or build your own fleets". Additionally, it's going to focus on making "crew training a bit easier.".

After that, is another big 2.5 update planned which will introduce a new Resupply Ship-type. It will also add in a "Sector blacklists" feature, to tell your ships to avoid at all costs along with improvements to inventory management.

While that all sounds good, what about Linux support? Well, here's what they noted in the email:

Linux version: The Linux beta can start somewhere between 2.0 and 2.50 already but at the latest together with this update.

So hopefully this means around February-March we will see a Linux beta.

Further out again, is another huge 3.0 update that will add in "the ability to dock directly at a station in a spacesuit and to get other NPC ships to transport you, by offering missions to them". The big 3.0 update will also add in "a number of new and improved combat missions" and so on.

They say that each major update, is also going to expand the online mode even more which sounds rather exciting!

Finally, a full expansion is planned that will introduce the "Split race, their ships, a new Split economy and of course a large new area of space shortly after releasing 3.0".

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Boldos 26 January 2019 at 12:10 am UTC
So... is it coming before or after 2026?
TheRiddick 26 January 2019 at 1:25 am UTC
waiting is not such a issue since people are saying that X4 still needs some polish and balance etc..
shawnsterp 26 January 2019 at 1:52 am UTC
BoldosSo... is it coming before or after 2026?
Just had to say nice avatar. The irony is not lost on me! =)
Kon 26 January 2019 at 3:27 am UTC
These are great games but always launch incredibly rough. X3 wasn't truly good until patch 4.0 shipped a few years after release. I don't mind waiting a little longer.

I'm glad Egosoft continues to support Linux, and supports all their games for the long term.
mishugashu 26 January 2019 at 6:40 am UTC
Nice. I hope they work out all the kinks I saw streamers run into on Windows release day. I'm excited for this news.
gnugamer 26 January 2019 at 11:04 am UTC
oh, this has me so excited!
I've got the game and love it I just hate rebooting to windows for it.


applying windows update 1 of 300 and then I've lost either the desire to play or time with my 14month of daughter waking up again.
edmondo 26 January 2019 at 4:22 pm UTC
I'll buy this game.

Egosoft has always been very nice in supporting Linux (thanks timon) and their games in general. And I love this kind of games.
etonbears 26 January 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC
Just a shame they are not building multiplatform by default, since X4 does not seem to be playable under wine.
aristorias 26 January 2019 at 4:57 pm UTC
BoldosSo... is it coming before or after 2026?

Which is a good thing since X games get significantly better with age and you won't feel tempted to spoil your experience before that :-D
edmondo 26 January 2019 at 4:59 pm UTC
etonbearsJust a shame they are not building multiplatform by default, since X4 does not seem to be playable under wine.

They made the early decision to be Vulkan only, that to be multiplatform.
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