• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • The Politics forum has been nuked. Please do not bring political discussion to the rest of the site, or you will be removed. Thanks.

X4 officially in Development! (Also X: Rebirth VR) [PC space series, not Xenoblade]

TheTrain

Member
Jan 1, 2013
1,240
0
420
Hi guys,

It's again time for me to wish you all a Happy Christmas and all the best for the new year. It is however also the time of the year when we normally start talking about a new game or expansion.

Last year it was Home of Light, and before that it was The Teladi Outpost. Both of these X Rebirth expansions received a lot of positive feedback and helped us to show X Rebirth 4.0 in a much better light.

This year, there are several really exciting new developments that I can share with you:

- We have Update 4.10 of X Rebirth almost ready, as well as Updates for X3AP and X3TC.
- There will be a VR game based on X Rebirth: the X Rebirth: VR Edition.
- X4 is in development!

http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=392987

-------------------------------------------------

A little sneak peek from the official forum:

Will be possible to change actual weapons loadout on our ships, as it was in X3?

There are ships with more than one weapon slot. You can equip compatible weapons and assign them in weapon groups.
Example with a ship with two weaponslots.
E.g. slot1 laser installed, slot2 has a shotgun equipped.
Weapongroup 1: fire slot 1
Weapongroup 2: fire slot 2
Weapongroup 3: fire slot 1 and slot 2.

Either two shotguns or two lasers can be installed of course, too.

----------------------------------------------------------

Vulkan for X: Rebirth VR:

- Special universe and economy: While based on X Rebirth and Home of Light, the universe and economy of X Rebirth VR Edition are specially designed for a Virtual reality experience. This is also the reason why the games are not savegame compatible.
- New graphics engine: X Rebirth VR Edition will be the first title by Egosoft to utilise our new in-house development, based on the innovative new Vulkan graphics technology.
- New content: X Rebirth VR Edition extends the gameplay and universe with new missions to deliver a unique virtual reality experience.
- Special UI: The user interface of XR VR Edition was specially designed to work entirely as an immersive first person VR cockpit experience.
- Pace and Balancing: All aspects of the game had to be rebalanced to create the best experience for the VR environment.
 

Eolz

Member
Jun 1, 2014
10,192
21
605
Good. Would have been a shame if they were missing that space sim revival era.
Nice to see that they've heard the Rebirth feedback and building on it.

No interest in Rebirth VR, but I guess it might interest several hardcore users.
 

TheTrain

Member
Jan 1, 2013
1,240
0
420
Good. Would have been a shame if they were missing that space sim revival era.
Nice to see that they've heard the Rebirth feedback and building on it.

No interest in Rebirth VR, but I guess it might interest several hardcore users.

Another good news is that they're adopting the early acces for the VR edition so, probably, there will be the same iter for X4. For the first time in the X history we might have a bug free release from Egosoft!
 

mandiller

Member
Mar 28, 2007
3,329
0
1,165
Australia
I bought X Rebirth at launch and it was horrendous. One of the worst games I've ever paid for. They're going to have to do something really drastic to make me think about getting X4.
 

Kyougar

Member
Jan 14, 2014
2,188
0
0
I was a fan of the X franchise since the first game. Over the whole franchise I probably played over a thousand hours. X-rebirth was the biggest pile of Argnu-excrements that ever was. Unfortunately.

I hope they go back to the roots with X4
 

glaurung

Member
Sep 14, 2005
13,091
0
0
40
Estonia
glaurung.planet.ee
I never could get into X Rebirth. The design choices in that game were just beyond bizarre. But the premise was amazing, a proper EVE Online universe with a single player game.

Unfortunately, the lack of proper tutorials and a steep learning curve killed any enthusiasm.

Fourth time's the charm?
 

foxuzamaki

Doesn't read OPs, especially not his own
Jul 21, 2013
46,661
2
665
30
st. louis
I remember my absolute thirst everytime a thread from this game would pop up only to find out that it wasent about xenoblade X
 

vesirott

Neo Member
Mar 28, 2016
29
0
0
X3 TC and AP were great. Way too many hours spent there that I'll never get back. I also preordered Rebirth and played it for 1 hour I believe. Havent touched it since. Curious to see what X4 will be based on: updated X3 or revamped X Rebirth.
 

Burny

Member
Aug 25, 2014
1,732
0
0
Played the first one maaaany years ago, when it was included in a PC magazine. It grabbed my attention pretty hard for a while before I lost interest. Never got the motivation or time to try the successors.


I'm wondering whether they'll look into online multiplayer for X4. There's a number of rising space games, but nearly all of them have a focus on direct control, while X always seemed more like an offline Eve.
 

Thraktor

Member
Dec 29, 2004
3,889
2
0
Dublin, Ireland
While X:Rebirth's launch was by most accounts a disaster, I do have to hand it to the devs for sticking with it and releasing several years worth of patches and updates which apparently did a pretty good job of fixing most of the game's problems. It would be interesting to think of how different the reaction would be if they'd slapped an early access label on it.

A VR game with a Vulkan-based engine? Very interesting, from a technical perspective at least.

Does Serious Sam VR not support Vulkan? (Going by support in The Talos Principle and assuming they're using the same engine)
 

SmartBase

Member
Sep 29, 2011
2,640
0
0
I hope that they keep it single player and moddable, I can't deal with another shallow Elite-like online-only sim.
 

Onemic

Member
Sep 27, 2007
22,722
0
1,290
T Dot
A VR X game? Im in. Is there gonna be VR for X4 or just Rebirth?

And is Rebirth good now after all the patches or is it still mostly mediocre?
 

KPJZKC

Member
Dec 30, 2009
1,675
0
0
Going to have to really impress to lure me back (I put hundreds of hours into X3 across the different releases), the state of X Rebirth at release left a real bitter taste in my mouth rivaled only by (ugh) Sword of The Stars 2.
 

Murdamonk

Member
Aug 12, 2014
400
2
400
Don't know why, I thought you guys were talking about XIII.

A sequel to that game would have been awesome.
 

Enduin

No bald cap? Lies!
Nov 29, 2006
13,300
0
1,305
Rebirth was probably my biggest disappointment in gaming. In no small part because I campaigned hard for Egosoft and the X series hardcore leading up to release here on GAF and feel terrible knowing some people bought that game based on my posts.

They are really going to have to pull one hell of a turn around to win me back.
 

Durante

Member
Oct 1, 2006
48,836
1
0
peter.metaclassofnil.com
Does Serious Sam VR not support Vulkan? (Going by support in The Talos Principle and assuming they're using the same engine)
IIRC they plan on supporting it, but don't do so yet. There's an additional challenge there in that the VR API needs to support Vulkan. OpenVR got support for that only a few days ago, and I don't know if other VR APIs support it at all currently.
 

Bl@de

Member
Aug 4, 2014
5,938
341
585
As far as I remember the last game was a buggy disappointing mess. But I hope for the best for this one :)
 

Memory

Member
Nov 19, 2014
3,269
1
0
Used to love this series but it totally fell off. Hoping they can turn it around for the next instalment, although i think the genre is getting quite crowded for them to shine.