In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (4,942 reviews) - 31% of the 4,942 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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Includes 8 items: X Rebirth, X Rebirth: The Teladi Outpost, X2: The Threat, X3: Albion Prelude, X3: Reunion, X3: Terran Conflict, X: Beyond the Frontier, X: Tension

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"While it still has issues, the post-release support for this game has been nothing short of incredible, so keep an eye on it in the future. "
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November 2

Hotfix 2 for X Rebirth 3.61

Here's another hotfix, this time to solve a problem encountered by a few people when trying to load some specific savegames.

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October 9

Hotfix for X Rebirth 3.61

Since the latest Steam client update, the mouse cursor could get "stuck" in certain situations. We have issued a hotfix to solve this problem in X Rebirth while the Steam developers investigate the underlying cause.

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Mac OS X/Linux/SteamOS Public Alpha

X Rebirth 3.53 is now available for both Mac and Linux as an Alpha test version. To enable it on OS X, select the beta branch "macosx". To enable it on Linux/SteamOS, select the beta branch "linux". For details, known issues and technical support see the support threads (Mac, Linux) in the Egosoft forum.

Collector's Edition

This Collector's Edition of X Rebirth includes the following items:

  • DLC: The Teladi Outpost
  • Soundtrack Volume 1 (MP3)
  • Exclusive: Soundtrack Volume 2 (MP3)
  • Optional download: X - The Space Opera - Per Musica ad Albion (Video)
  • Bonus download with artworks and X encyclopedia

The bonus content will be placed in your X Rebirth installation folder:
...Steam\SteamApps\common\X Rebirth\Bonus Content

About This Game

In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power. Enter a young adventurer and his unlikely female ally traveling in an old, battered ship with a glorious past - two people alone against the galaxy, playing a key part in the events to come. The fate of the universe rests in the hands of the player...

X Rebirth represents a spectacular new beginning for the X series, offering loyal fans and newcomers alike a vast, vivid and extremely detailed universe to explore throughout the game. Varied gameplay elements such as action-packed space combat, detailed trading mechanics and high-speed space exploration with fast travel allow players to experience a truly unique space saga that will keep them hooked for dozens of hours. X Rebirth features a whole new user experience - it is easier than ever to start with, and remains as deep as fans expect it.


TRADE! A fully simulated economy that means your actions really do matter. Travel the space highways to find profit in gigantic space cities, swarming with ships and drones.

++ Every ship you see has a task. Stop a freighter from reaching its destination and its cargo will be stopped too, causing prices to rise. ++

FIGHT! From small scale skirmishes to epic fleet encounters, battles in the X Universe know no limits. Choose to fight for the military, work for the police or be a lawless pirate, or if you prefer just fight when you need to defend yourself - it's up to you.

++ Take the action right into massive structures. Target turrets and shield generators to weaken your enemy, damage engines and jump drives to prevent their ships from escaping, or stop their factories producing to cripple their economy. ++

BUILD! Create your own empire! From trading stations to large factories, farms to hightech military complexes, everything can belong to you. Build for trade and profit or to strengthen your military presence and dominate your enemies.

++ Extend and upgrade your stations to make them operate more efficiently, with every element visible in glorious animated detail. Harvest your own resources to keep your empire running smoothly. ++

THINK! A rich, detailed history and a deep complex plot await you, but you are free to decide when and where to take part. Explore the universe at your own pace - choose your own path and create your own destiny.

++ Get up-close and personal with aliens and humans alike. Land on stations, meet people, then accept missions from them or hire them as crew members for your ships. ++

TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD, THINK... in the X Universe - the biggest sandbox this side of the galaxy.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit), Vista SP2 (64-bit), XP SP2 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i-Series at 2GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT750M, Nvidia GT600 series with 1 GB RAM or better, AMD 6850HD with 1 GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
    • OS: SteamOS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i-Series at 2GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Vendor proprietary drivers, Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
    • OS: SteamOS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Vendor proprietary drivers, Nvidia GT600 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 6850HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 73 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This will never be good. Would be better to abandon this altogether and make a real X game. Bought the DLC thinking its fun. Still no jumpdrive. Still no autopilot. Tried to find the sector where the mission starts. Haha flying there takes about 20 minutes manually, found myself playing angry birds while sitting in those stupid highways not to get bored. No thank you. Game deinstalled. Used to be a long time X series fan but they really dropped the ball with this one.
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41 of 59 people (69%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
- Broken features
- Incomplete game
- Boring gameplay
- Dev wasted too many resources making the pointless on-foot sections
- Ugly characters

- Looks pretty when in space

Bottom line:
I've bought a lot of crappy games but this one by far is one of the biggest dissapointments.
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I waited until patch 3.53 and a very good sale to pick this game up. I've enjoyed my 30+ hours of game play but I don't know if I can continue. There are many great parts of this game, but its becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy given the huge number of buggy interactions.

Around every corner I find something that doesn't work right: capital ships that don't go where they are told, capital ships that don't attack or repair properly (even with the required staff), shipyards that are stuck building ships that will never complete due to lack of resources, getting stuck inside other ships. ships taking eons to dock/undock, ships flying way out of their way to go where they are told, etc.

There are many ways I can spend my time. Working around all these bugs just doesn't seem worth it anymore. Plus, given the history of this game, who knows how many more bugs there are waiting to be found.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
*Listens quietly for the sound of nails being hammered into wood* I so wanted to love this game even after having come to the X-universe late but X-Rebirth isn't so much a Rebirth as it is a nail in the coffin. Yes, the Teladi outpost DLC fixed a few things but it doesn't change the fact that Egosoft threw out almost everything good about the X3's and gave us... This.
The graphics are simply stunning. I cannot deny the vista's are utterly jaw dropping
The music is sweeping and epic
New sector system-In the previous game each 'map' was one sector which had so many stations, ships and jump gates leading to other sectors. The downside to this is that they had a rather definitive edge to them and expanding beyond the default size of a given sector was difficult. In Rebirth they have highways linking regions withing sectors so that they are now exponentially bigger

The highway system to enable FTL travel between regions means they decided to do away with the SETA drives. Singularity Engine Time Accelerator. In a nutshell, it would speed the game up to a maximum factor of %1000 to allow you to cross even massive sectors rapidly however here your only options to move swiftly are to take the highways, which are fixed and only link between regions one way or to boost your way across at speeds not all that much greater than your normal. However that introduces annother problem:
Boosting drains your shield. Fair enough, in the last game boosting would eat away at your shield but only if you didn't have enough energy cells to power it. In Rebirth your only options are to arrive at a fight late, or with your shield depleated.
Steering is either by joystick (and it doesn't have pre-built profiles so you have to bind everything manualy) or by cursor flight. Either pointing at a spot on the screen and clicking the mouse until you're poiting where you want to go or by moving the mouse around on the screen and it will keep turning that way. Now, for those of us without a joystick this can act as a virtual stick, meaning we don't have to move our mice up and reset them mid-manouver however it also feels difficult and can serve to dull reaction times. This was an option in the previous games but that's where the problem lies. It was an OPTION. Here you have no choice in it.
The Ship. Now, as I recal in the first X games you only had on ship you could be in, fair enough it was a while ago in computing terms and resources were limited however they soon corrected this to the point where you could fly around in just your space suit, a small one man scout ship, bombers, corvettes, frigates, destroyers, carriers or even, if you had balls that clanked as you walked, The Valhalla. A ship so large it can't actually fit through a gate. In Rebirth, you're stuck in one ship. This wouldn't be an issue if the ship were any good but it isn't. From the top:
It's name is the Albion Skunk. I don't know who thought of this but in the previous games it was named the Albion Pride. And no, you can't even change it's text. I might be able to live with it if your co-pilot (more on her in a sec) didn't say it every time you came into dock
The ship computer from previous games makes a comback, I'd gotten used to her and quite liked the announcements she made but here, the only thing more irritating than 'Betty' the computer is Yisha the co-pilot telling Betty to shut up
The speed is not great, made all the worse by the lack of aformentioned SETA drive and the only boost feature eating up your shield
Drones, missiles and weapons are all limited. And you only get one gun... One. You can have a few on your ship at a time but you can only shoot one. Even the samallest, least combat capable scout ships in X3 Albion Prelude have two.
And of course, you are stuck in this one ship. Sure, you can get out and walk on stations but you have to come back to it sooner or later. Or spend the rest of your life running the vents like a rat, trying to make a living out of oddly placed credits and random junk you can sell. Either or. Frankly, I'd choose vent rat
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
After replaying this after the 3.0 patch, and with a fresher mindset, i feel I can give this game a fairer review.

In a word, X rebirth, is alright. I really wish steam reviews had a better system than a thumbs up or down, because I do not believe this game to be praiseworthy, but neither should it be within the mostly negative on the steam page.

It is not by any means a bad game, but it is not a great one either. I still feel if you are wanting to get into the X series, to start you should play X2: the threat or X3: Terran conflict (or Albion prelude, AP is essentially an expansion for TC anyway) however on its own, X Rebirth stands a good space 4X first person space simulator. It has some nice looking paint, a tutorial that is excellent for teaching new players to the X series (whereas before, the game plonked you into a grand universe, without even controls to do anything, with the exclusion of X3, where there is a flight school, that simply tells you how to move your ship. To start this mission, you must open communications with it, which the game neglets to give you the command to do so)

Many people were also afraid of the bugs when it first came out. Most of the serious bugs have now been squashed, and the game playable, there are still errors that can be easily seen, but thankfully none that impact the gameplay massivly (the worst ive seen is a group of NPC ships getting stuck together). Although I feel that Ego was going for a major shift in gameplay, alienating many fans of the X series. I do not think that this was made to be a Space management game. Trading takes too long, and profits made during runs are often not worth the time. However, I feel that Ego was going for a more, action RPG type game, and tried to blend the X formula into it.

For example, combat is a lot more profitable now, than in previous games. Repairs for your vessel could cost upwards to a few million credits in any previous X game. Here, it should cost less than 100 grand, no matter your hull. This isnt even accounting for the seemingly Hyperinflation that occured during the time of Rebirth, money is no longer measured in the hundreds of thousands, but in up to 4 digits. For example, say I had 5,264,194 credits in my account. Any previous game would show that as 5,264,194, here it is shown as 5.264M. It does not go into detail about exactly how much money you have, which would be necessary in a detailed management game.

The speed of combat, and the changes in the combat system have also been changed to be a lot more faced paced. Another change to make it into a more robust Action game. There have only been a few instances in which the player was actually given a character, however those were really only referenced in the main plot missions, and then it was simply by name most of the time. Here Ren Otani (thats you) is not only given a name, but a voice and a very slight personality. He can walk around on ships, engage in talks with other people, and the player now actually thinks about who it is driving their ship, rather than the mystical being who manifestes as a space suit.

I shall be continuing this review as i get further into the game, but for now, a TLDR section.

X Rebirth, is not worth $40, it is an okay Space sim, with some light space managerial options and a heavy emphases on combat. It is a good game for new players into the X series to try out to get used to the ideas of how a X game operates, before moving onto a previous title if they are intrested in the management and stratergy of those games. But for now, pick up the game on sale (for $15-20 bucks or less), itll be worth your time if you havent tried out the X series and wanted to learn about it, although this game is not an accurate representation of how a X game operates. Although, space exploration is an absolute pain in this game, and areas quickly become generic.
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