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05.Dec.18 Forum Server Maintenace
To better cope with the influx of new players our forum server will be moving to better hardware today.

We expect a downtime of a few hours until everything is back online and hopefully much more responsive.

UPDATE: Forum server migration complete.
posted by BurnIt!
01.Oct.18 X4: FOUNDATIONS - Release date, prices and more  (432 Comments)
EGOSOFT is very happy to announce the release date for the long awaited 4th part of the X series: X4: FOUNDATIONS will be available on Steam and egosoft.com on November 30th 2018.

X4: FOUNDATIONS brings our most sophisticated universe SIMULATION ever. Manage your assets or EXPLORE space in first person. Fly every ship, TRADE and FIGHT to BUILD your empire with modular station construction and THINK carefully when embarking on an epic journey.

X4: Foundations - The start into the X4 universe

X4: Foundations will feature an extremely large universe from day one. Home to several factions of the Argon, Teladi and Paranid races, each with multiple complex economies. The Paranid, for example, are a race with very deep religious beliefs, fractured into two competing empires and now raging war against each other.
Then there are of course also a lot of other potential adversaries: Those where you have a choice, like different Pirate factions, and those where you don't, like the infamous Xenon: A race of advanced artificial general intelligence, once built by mankind themselves to help colonise space.

There will be Expansions, which will bring more races, their ships, stations and lots of missions into the X4 Universe. Our goal is to bring the first big Expansion within about one year.

X4: FOUNDATIONS will be available for $49.99 (€49.99) on November 30th.

Preorder X4: Foundations digital Collector's Edition today

Starting today you can pre-order the digital Collector's Edition and get:
  • X4: Foundations
  • Exclusive pre-order paint mod (requires Egosoft community account connected with Steam account)
  • The X Universe digital artbook 2018: Enjoy the concept art behind the X universe.
  • X Novel: Nopileos by Helge Kautz as English and German eBook.
  • Digital Soundtrack: Download the music, including exclusive versions of the trailer and teaser music in highest possible quality.
  • The X4 Collector's Edition will also include the first two Expansions for X4: FOUNDATIONS:

    • First Expansion planned to be released in 2019
    • Second Expansion planned to be released later
Order the Collector's Edition of X4: FOUNDATIONS now for the discounted pre-order price of $74.99 (€74.99) at:

Egosoft's own online store: https://www.egosoft.com/shop

or from Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/392160/X4_Foundations/

Watch the official X4: Foundations trailer and the X4: Foundations Gameplay demo video here.
posted by BurnIt!
21.Sep.18 Forum Update week of Sept 24th-28th, Downtimes  (128 Comments)
It's finally happening - we are upgrading our forum software to the latest version!
The important bit first: yes, we will be importing all forums, topics, posts, private messages and attachments into the new version!

Expected downtimes during the upcoming days:
Sept 22nd/23rd: Website and forum will be offline for about 2 hours.
Sept 24th-28th: Forum will be offline for about 2 hours. Website may go offline for a few minutes.
This post will be updated with more exact times as the work progresses.

The picture shows a preview of the new look.

We've made plenty of custom changes to this forum over the past almost 16 years, some of which are being made irrelevant by the new software, others we've ported but some will not make it (at least not right away).
With over 4.6 million posts and 400,000 users this is a rather big task with many moving parts so changes to the upgrade schedule may be required at short notice.

Read more details in the related forum topic.
posted by BurnIt!
05.Jun.18 30 Years of EGOSOFT games - June 2018 Celebration Month!  (71 Comments)
While we've been working away on X4: Foundations, it has come to our attention, that it has been 30 years since our first game, Hotel Detective, was released back in June 1988 on the Amiga!

As we hit this milestone, we invite you to celebrate with us throughout June 2018!

First off, while we have been keeping relatively quiet on X4: Foundations as of late, rest assured that we are still hard at work. While we may not have any large X4 data-bursts this month, we do want to share some never-before-seen screenshots of our upcoming game. We hope you enjoy them!

To help celebrate the 30 years, will have a new Live Stream on our Twitch channel, on June 20th at 19:00 CEST (18:00 BST, 12:00 CDT, 10:00 PDT).

In this stream we will try to show some of our earliest games and talk a bit about the history of the company and how it has changed over the decades.

Speaking of our games, the EGOSOFT Shop is running with a discount for the month of June!

And finally, we would like to thank you, the community, for all the support over the many years. 30 years is an achievement we are incredibly proud of and we could not have done it without you!

Here's to many more,
posted by Xenon_Slayer
07.Mar.18 Stream? Did somebody say.... stream? (X3AP)  (55 Comments)
[Invitation Detail]
Event: X3AP Stream
Date: 2018-03-16
Time: 19:00 CET
Location: Egosoft Twitch Channel ( https://www.twitch.tv/egosoftofficial )
Participants: The Internet
Language: The Queen's English
[Invitation Detail End]

[Invitation Begin]
Greetings, fellow spacefarers!

We know a lot of you have been clamouring for another developer stream for our next game, X4: Foundations, for some time now. Since we came back from our Christmas and New Year holidays, we've been working very hard on further development of the project, so haven't yet found time to put together another X4 stream. While we've so far really enjoyed our streaming experience, we want to make sure that our streams aren't bogged down in small technical details that not everyone can appreciate, but instead are interesting and exciting.

So one of our developers, Owen "Xenon_Slayer" Lake, had an idea.

Because we still want to stream and have some interaction with you, but we don't have anything new and shiny to show for X4 just yet, he thought, "Why not just sit back, relax with Twitch Chat and play X3: Albion Prelude for a little while?" We really liked this idea, so we decided to make it happen!

With that in mind, you're invited to join Owen and Lorraine "Lothari" Wilson, for a live stream of X3: Albion Prelude on Friday the 16th March at 19:00 CET. Not just invited to watch though - they would like you to direct them. Being the... experts? that they are, simply playing the game would be too easy! They would like you to give us an interesting challenge that they can try to fulfil in a two- to three-hour window. You can post your suggestions as replies to this post - they'll annouce what they're going to try at the start of the stream.

Hope to see you there!
Egosoft Team
[Invitation End]
posted by Lothari
22.Dec.17 Happy Holidays and have a great start into 2018!  (13 Comments)
We wish all X fans happy holidays and a great start into 2018!

posted by BurnIt!
13.Dec.17 X4 Foundations - Twitch stream recording from Dec 13th, 2017  (46 Comments)
posted by BurnIt!
07.Dec.17 Free X-Weekend with release of XR VR and Updates for X Rebirth, X3TC and X3AP  (0 Comments)
Egosoft is happy to announce that our first Virtual Reality game is finally ready for release. Today marks the end of Early Access and the launch of X Rebirth VR Edition 4.30 on Steam and the Oculus Store.

With this launch also come a number of new features for XR VR, including improved HOTAS and Joystick support and a method to play in VR with mouse and keyboard. See different methods of playing X Rebirth VR Edition explained in this video:

Free X weekend and up to 80% discount

To celebrate the launch of X Rebirth VR Edition, we will make all X games available for free for the upcoming weekend on Steam. You can play during the weekend and try out all the games from Egosoft that you do not own yet. Best of all: If you decide you want to buy one of them, there are some massive discounts too. Go and check out our games on Steam here: EGOSOFT Games Overview.

End of Loyalty Discount: If you own X Rebirth and want VR Edition, buy NOW!

We are going to end the X Rebirth VR Edition loyalty discount on December 10th when this sale ends. So if you own X Rebirth and are considering X Rebirth VR Edition, you can buy it with a 30% loyalty discount added on top of the 20% discount during this weekend at a total of 50% off!

Updates for X Rebirth, X3: Terran Conflict and X3: Albion Prelude

X Rebirth 4.30: This update brings a number of improvements for controlling the game. HOTAS and Joystick improvements that we made during the XR VR development have been back ported to X Rebirth and come along with a default profile for some of the most popular sticks. Also controlling the game with gamepads got a lot easier thanks to a number of new features developed for X Rebirth VR Edition. Click here for a full list of features.

X3: Terran Conflict 3.4 and X3: Albion Prelude 3.3: These two updates bring a couple of low level engine improvements for better performance especially during large battles. We also added a borderless window mode and fixed some bugs. More about these updates here
posted by X2-Illuminatus
05.Dec.17 Twitch Live Stream #3 on Wednesday December 13th
We'll be hosting the third in our series of live streams on Twitch on Wednesday, December 13th at 20:00 CET (11:00 PST / 14:00 EST / 19:00 GMT)


As before, we will be taking questions on the topics discussed during the stream, and will try to answer some of them towards the end.

If you want to be informed when we go live, you can follow our channel and enable notifications.
posted by CBJ
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