Edition 55 - November 2014

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A Few Words from the Editor...

Welcome to the 55th edition of the X-Universe News. This time we have a series of great announcements to make. We start with the Updates 2.50 and 2.51, which have just been released to further improve X Rebirth. Continue with the announcement of Update 3.0 and the first X Rebirth DLC called The Teladi Outpost, which you can pre-order for free now. And conclude with some exclusive Behind the scenes info about the creation of our game models.

X Rebirth 2.50 Series Updates Newest X Rebirth Update released
X Rebirth 3.0 and the The Teladi Outpost DLC Next projects on the horizon
Behind the scenes of the X Rebirth development Idea process and model creation

Happy reading! - X2-Illuminatus

X Rebirth 2.50 Series Updates

Newest X Rebirth Update released

In the continuing efforts to improve X Rebirth, Egosoft has released the X Rebirth 2.50 series Updates on Steam (currently at 2.51). Update 2.51 comes with a host of new features many players have asked for. Among those is the external camera and the free cockpit view letting you play the game with a whole new perspective, new shipyards and ship traders allowing you to buy also small and medium sized ships and a new side-bar based main menu giving you easier access to several game menus. A new mission chain called Diplomatic Aid will give you more insight into the diplomatic talks between different factions and new generic missions will increase the diversity of things you can do when you wish.

Watch the X Rebirth 2.50 Feature video, where the new features are explained in more detail.
In addition to these new things, a lot of improvements and bugfixes have been made in X Rebirth 2.51. These affect several different menu options, the ship AI, performance improvements and many others.

As usual, you can find the full changelog in our forums here. Steam will have updated your game to the latest version already, unless it has been configured otherwise.

X Rebirth 3.0 and the The Teladi Outpost DLC

Next projects on the horizon

While Update 2.51 has just reached our playerbase, we're already working on the next series of improvements, which will show X Rebirth in a whole new light. The first one being the Downloadable Content (DLC) expansion called The Teladi Outpost.

This expansion offers the player exciting new content, such as a new independent storyline and a whole new star system containing two unique sectors. Here the player can find a massive new space station belonging to the Teladi, harbouring not only numerous factories but also a wealth of new Teladi ships.

These new areas also contain hazardous regions and new groups of smugglers and pirates that offer the player countless encounter opportunities, as well as new weapons and equipment for the Albion Skunk.

Until its planned release in early December, this DLC from our Steam storepage will be free for all owners of X Rebirth who pre-order before the deadline.

Together with The Teladi Outpost DLC, X Rebirth will also see the release of its next major update: Version 3.0. This free update is available independently from the DLC and will come with its own new gameplay features, the detail of which will be announced later, along with more fixes, general improvements and optimisations. It will be released as a standard Steam update to all owners of X Rebirth, just as with previous patches.

X Rebirth 3.0 and the The Teladi Outpost DLC are planned to be released early December 2014.

Behind the scenes of the X Rebirth development

Idea process and model creation

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Albion Pride on its mission to…no, wait. Before anyone can start any missions, there have to be ships and stations, NPC and player models, asteroids and planets and other game objects. How these assets are created and how they find their way into the game, will be answered in greater detail in our new Behind the Scenes thread in the Egosoft forum hosted by an Egosoft graphics designer/developer.

Following the Behind the Scenes topic you will not only get insight into the ideas and model creation processes for X Rebirth, but may also see some teasers of the upcoming The Teladi Outpost DLC. Further, this is not a one-way process; if you have a question, ask it there. If you have a suggestion, post it there. We would be glad to hear your ideas and comments on the thread topics.

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