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20.Jan.22 5.00 Public Beta now available  (46 Comments)
The next chapter of X4: Foundations starts today. You can now participate in the Public Beta of the major 5.00 update of our current game. With the 5.00 beta version of X4: Foundations, you will get a first taste of the latest developments and our future vision for the game. For the full change log for 5.00, please visit our forum.

When the free 5.00 update for X4: Foundations is released later this quarter, it will, among other things, introduce a series of new capital ships. These ships have been re-imagined, and a new range of improved models will now be on sale at various shipyards. A number of factions in the game will gradually start using these new and improved ships. The 5.00 update will also bring AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (FSR) to X4: Foundations, using a collection of cutting-edge upscaling technologies to boost performance.

Have you ever come across a shipwreck and wished you could use it in a profitable way? With the introduction of a new gameplay mechanic, salvaging and recycling become important elements of your universe. Tow the wreck with a tug ship, take it to a scrap processor, and find out what happens.

Wouldn't it be great to have a place where you can relax in a comfy chair, while you govern your empire or reminisce about your accomplishments? Space adventurers should take a closer look at their headquarters in the 5.00 beta - there is a lot to discover!

How do I take part in the Public Beta?
Every player who owns X4: Foundations has the opportunity to download the new 5.00 beta version. In order to ensure that beta participants are aware of the risks and rules involved, we ask all interested players to visit our forum, where they will find the rules and disclaimers, as well as practical instructions for participating in the beta. Follow this link to our forum (no registration required) to find the relevant information.

This is just the start of the 5.00 Public Beta for X4: Foundations. The beta will be updated regularly over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our news channels to avoid missing anything.

X4: Tides of Avarice - Wishlist now
X4: Tides of Avarice is the third expansion for X4: Foundations and will be released in the first quarter of 2022. Find out more in the reveal news, and wishlist it today!

If you haven't already done so, we suggest you check out the interview by content creator Captain Collins with Egosoft founder and CEO Bernd Lehahn, which took place in early December 2021. Their chat will give you some additional insight into what to expect in the major 5.00 update to X4: Foundations and the upcoming new expansion, X4: Tides of Avarice.

We would like to thank all our beta testers for their contributions. We hope you enjoy trying out the 5.00 update, and discovering its new features!
posted by Gregory
09.Dec.21 4.20 update now available  (12 Comments)
We're skipping the Spaceweed references, and delivering some improvements and fixes instead.

Along the route to the extensive 5.00 update, which will be released next year (see announcement), we are making a short stopover today to deliver the 4.20 update for X4: Foundations. The focus of this update is on fixes and small improvements, so we are not introducing any new features with this release.

>> 4.20 Changelog

We hope you have lots of fun with X4: Foundations, and thank you for your support during this unusual year.
posted by Gregory
07.Dec.21 Captain Collins Livestream with Bernd Lehahn on December 9th, 2021  (17 Comments)
Time to get out the calendars and mark December 9th in red. That's the day when Egosoft founder Bernd Lehahn will be paying another visit to X4 pro Captain Collins on Twitch. Starting at 6pm CET (9am PST / noon EST / 5pm GMT), the two will jump into an approximately one-hour conversation about the past few months of X4: Foundations and, of course, the freshly revealed, third expansion - X4: Tides of Avarice.

So, best follow Captain Collins' Twitch channel today, and set a reminder for the stream on December 9th, 2021, 6pm CET.

PS: If you missed Bernd's previous visit to Captain Collins in spring 2021, you can watch the recording here.
posted by Gregory
25.Nov.21 X4: Tides of Avarice - Egosoft reveals next chapter of X4 space saga  (164 Comments)
  • Third expansion for X4: Foundations to be released in Q1 2022
  • Extraordinary new ships, new economy and gameplay elements will surprise X4 players
  • Captivating new stories will challenge the perception of social order and justice in the X universe
  • Extensive free 5.00 update to feature a series of new capital ships, numerous new interiors, and AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (FSR)

EGOSOFT today unveils the next chapter in its long-running space simulation franchise. X4: Tides of Avarice is the third expansion for the latest game in the series, X4: Foundations. X4: Tides of Avarice will be released for PC (Windows, Linux) in the first quarter of 2022.

>> Watch the X4: Tides of Avarice - Reveal Teaser <<

Meet new factions and experience their stories
Encountering and interacting with previously unknown, lawless pirate and scavenger factions, will challenge your perception of social order and justice in the X universe. In new sectors and dangerous regions, you will not only discover new ships and stations, but also encounter stellar phenomena that will significantly influence your plans and actions. What is it all about, and who are the mysterious manipulators that have learned to master a rare and vital resource? Your journey will lead you towards the answers. Set out and discover a new chapter of X4: Foundations.

Let new ships terrify and enchant you at the same time
Roam through the Windfall and Avarice systems, and discover numerous new ships from the pirate and scavenger factions of X4: Tides of Avarice. Among other new ships, you can look forward to the following highlights:
  • The Erlking, a terrifying pirate battleship with an experimental and unusual energy source, has been developed over many years by the Riptide Rakers, at great cost to their resources and lives, in a desperate attempt to take advantage of stellar phenomena in the Avarice system. In X4: Tides of Avarice, you will find out more about these curious events, while you upgrade the Erlking using research and resources acquired during your adventure.
  • The Astrid, an incredibly lavish and luxurious yacht, projects wealth and importance. Owned by the CEO of the Northriver Company, Brantlee Northriver, it is rumoured to be the fastest ship in the galaxy. With its sleek design, the Astrid is a ship unlike anything you've ever come across in the X universe. What mysteries might it hold?
Salvage shipwrecks to recycle resources
Have you ever come across a shipwreck and wished you could use it in a profitable way? In the Avarice system, the Riptide Rakers, a loosely organised group of scavengers and traders, have developed the means to salvage wrecks and use them in production. Either tow the wreck with one of the new tug ships, or dismantle the wreck right where you found it using a new deconstruction ship. Once you've reached a station equipped with a recycling module, watch your scrap metal turn into building resources.

X4: Foundations 5.00 Update
X4: Tides of Avarice is released at the same time as the extensive, free 5.00 update for X4: Foundations, which expands and improves the base game in several ways. The 5.00 update introduces a series of new capital ships. These ships have been re-imagined, and a new fleet of improved models will now be on sale in various shipyards. Several factions in the game will gradually start using these new and improved ships. The 5.00 update will also bring AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (FSR) to X4: Foundations, using a collection of cutting-edge upscaling technologies to boost performance.

Further details about X4: Tides of Avarice, as well as the 5.00 update for X4: Foundations, will be released over the next few months as we get closer to the release date. X4: Tides of Avarice is now listed on Steam and GOG and can be added to players' wish-lists.
posted by Gregory
17.Nov.21 X4: Foundations 4.20 Beta now available  (13 Comments)
Earlier this week we released two beta versions of the X4: Foundations 4.20 update. The focus of this update is on improvements and fixes, so we're not introducing any new features with this release. Please visit our forums for details of how to access the beta and report your findings.

Thanks very much for participating, and for helping us with the ongoing development of X4: Foundations!
posted by Gregory
10.Nov.21 Compatibility update published for X: Beyond the Frontier and X-Tension
We know how passionately you play our games and how many of you enjoy revisiting the beginnings of the X series every now and then. To keep it that way, we have just released small patches for X: Beyond the Frontier (1999) and X-Tension (2000), which now ensure the functionality of both games on Windows 10 and 11.

We wish you lots of fun with X: Beyond the Frontier and X-Tension! Feel free to check out our Steam developer page to discover more games in the X series if you do not already know them.
posted by Gregory
13.Sep.21 New features and tons of enhancements - 4.10 update for X4: Foundations now available  (13 Comments)
Since the release of X4: Cradle of Humanity and the extensive 4.00 update for X4: Foundations, we've been hard at work on the next big steps for our game. Today, we are pleased to announce that the 4.10 update is now available to download.

The full list of changes in 4.10 is available in our forum.

The new 4.10 update for X4: Foundations has become more extensive than originally planned and has, therefore, taken a bit more time. However, we are convinced that the extra effort was worth it and that you will like the numerous enhancements. In the 4.10 update we have, for example, improved the existing game feature of Terraforming and, in response to feedback on the 4.00 update, we have fixed various issues in connection with mining, trade and station management, among other things. We have also made improvements to the asset management of our graphics engine, resulting in better use of graphics memory. You will notice some changes when building stations, especially in terms of usability (more on this in Inside Egosoft Podcast Episode 4).

Custom Game Start
The new Custom Game Start feature allows players of X4: Foundations to customise certain starting conditions in the game, within limits that are set in order to maintain game balance. It is possible, for example, to influence factors such as available starting capital, sectors already explored, and relationships with other factions. Episode 2 of the Inside Egosoft Podcast includes more details about the Custom Game Start feature.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the 4.10 update. We hope that you enjoy exploring the new possibilities and especially, of course, trying out the Custom Game Start feature. Rediscovering X4: Foundations with a change in starting conditions is definitely something you should experience.

Thank you for your continued support, and stay safe in space!
posted by Gregory
03.Sep.21 Inside Egosoft Podcast #05 Stories and Missions  (116 Comments)
In Episode #05 of the Inside Egosoft podcast, Greg talks to Lennart (a.k.a. Gimbutz), who is part of the mission team at Egosoft. In this conversation, Lennart provides some fascinating insights into his work. How are stories and missions created in X4? Which tasks provide the greatest challenges? What is the most helpful type of player feedback for the mission team? All this, and more, is answered in this new episode.

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posted by Gregory
02.Sep.21 X4: Foundations 4.10 Beta 7 now available  (87 Comments)
We're almost there! Today we have released Beta 7 for the upcoming 4.10 update of X4: Foundations. You can download it now and get a first impression our latest improvements to the game.

The full list of changes in 4.10 Beta 7 is available in our forum.

Thank you in advance for your contributions to the beta test.
posted by Gregory
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