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 (3,565 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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September 26

New DLC "The Teladi Outpost" Coming in December 2014

Together with the general availability of Update 2.50 for X Rebirth, which will be released soon, bringing a new menu system, external camera, new small shipyards and many other improvements, we are happy to announce today the DLC - X Rebirth: The Teladi Outpost - coming in December 2014:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/325580

Until the release of The Teladi Outpost in December, as a thank-you gift, all owners of X Rebirth can preorder the DLC for free!

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June 27

X Rebirth Update 2.20 Released - 64-bit

We are pleased to announce the latest update to X Rebirth which takes the game to 64-bit, allowing the game to make better use of your PC's available memory.

NEW: The 64-bit EXE is now the default. See below for more information.
• Fixed Secret Service missions constantly reminding player to talk to mission actor.
• Fixed campaign progressing unexpectedly when docking at station.
• Fixed player occasionally being in wrong position on platform when loading savegame.
• Fixed trade offers on player ships/stations occasionally not appearing in trade menu.
• Fixed claimed ships not showing up in property menu.
• Fixed ships continuing to move when ordered to wait.
• Fixed trade orders not being executed when ship has been ordered to wait.
• Fixed various cases of drones being unable to dock/return.
• Fixed missing docking bay on Wheat Plantation.
• Fixed missing container storage on Pharma-Spice Farm.
• Fixed missing MK2 weapons after completing plot (you may need to change zones before this kicks in).
• Fixed map not showing player stations.
• Fixed incorrect positions of some elements on map.
• Fixed menu slider controls breaking under certain circumstances.
• Fixed controls no longer working when opening ability menu on a platform.
• Fixed controller A-button not working after having left the cockpit while an interactive notification was displayed.
• Fixed station under construction becoming invisible after Alt-Tab.
• Fixed a leak causing savegames to grow slowly in size over time.
• Fixed several causes of occasional crashes.

If you encounter serious problems with the 64-bit version and would like to try reverting to 32-bit then you can subscribe to the 32-bit "beta" using the Steam client. To start using the 32-bit version, right-click X Rebirth in the Steam client, select Properties, go to the Betas tab and select release_32 from the dropdown list. If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows you will automatically receive the 32-bit version of the game, though such Windows versions remain unsupported.

Note: The system requirements for the game have always stated that it requires a 64-bit version of Windows, and future updates for the 32-bit version are not guaranteed indefinitely.

Steam does not currently support automatic crashdump upload for 64-bit applications. We are therefore using a third party tool to provide this facility. If there is a crash then a standard crashdump will be created and uploaded to the third party site, from where we can perform analysis to determine the cause. As with Steam crashdumps no personal information is included in these crashdumps.

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Collector's Edition

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

  • 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

Just Updated

Egosoft is extremely pleased to finally announce the release of X Rebirth 2.0 - Secret Service Missions. After considerable effort and with an eye to all the great feedback we've received, X Rebirth 2.0 represents a major update for a wide variety of gameplay mechanics.

Together with the new plot chain, which offers all players membership in the Argon Federation secret service, X Rebirth 2.0 brings a host of new features and improvements.

For a more detailed explanation of the new features, please have a look at the X Rebirth 2.0 feature manual.

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.

FEATURES


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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
220 of 257 people (86%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
For those looking for information on the game since 2.0/2.1. I have spent alot of hours in game since XR 2.0/2.1. (Free play) If your wondering if you should buy the game, I strongly recommend waiting another 6 months before picking this game up.

The games performance has improved but there are still a number of issues with the game.

A small list of the most annoying:

Ships not refueling I spent a good hour trying to get a couple of my ships (with jump drives and space for fuel) to refuel at a station. They dock then undock without picking up any cargo.

Stations not building Construction ships are VERY flaky on whether they are actually going to build for you or not. They wont build if they're even remotely close to other ships and often wont build for a very long time even after getting all required materials.

Pathing Ships still ram stations instead of attempting to move around them.

Crashes Occasional game crashes for no apparent reason

Huge performance hit in hi population zones (I have a high end machine, this shouldn't happen)

Ships in fleet on combat missions Your fleet ships are not by any means accurate and they don't give a dam about reputation. If your doing a combat mission near a station expect to get into trouble with the faction that owns the station.

Mining ships not mining Self explanatory, sometimes they will just ignore their orders and chill where ever they are. Their info says looking for minerals but the ships themselves aren't moving.

Cant dock Occasionally you cant dock on your capital ships (fresh undamaged capitals outta shipyard). This means you cant assign crew to the ship, if you cant assign crew then the ship is often useless. (really annoying with construction ships)

Grievances:

Controller:

You need to rebind the controller to be able to target enemies.
You have to hit up or down every time you want to move up/down on a menu, you cant hold the up/down button down to move quickly through items.
Setting quantities is really slow, quantities are set with a slider the slider does start moving quicker after holding the up/down button down for awhile but the delay on this is far to long.

Economy: *This is non existent, npcs spawn the materials they need out of nowhere.

Lack of content / Size: This is the major one for me. The universe itself feels extremely small, the space available to build your empire is very limited, there needs to be way more clusters with a lot more factions (with some of them actually fighting it out). There definitely needs to be a lot more hostility to the game in freeplay.

Reliance on NPC construction facilities: You cant build your own shipyard, unless i'm dropping the ball here and missed this completely. (wtf on this one)

Limitation on where you can build a station: You can only build stations on designated construction points. I never played X3 or before so I dont know if this limitation existed previously but in a sandbox environment I should be able to build stations where ever the hell I want.

Finding specific NPCS: I spent a few hours looking for a specialist for a station I built. I tried talking to ships and tried 3 different clusters (Albion, DeV and Omicron) and still couldn't find the npc I was looking for. I suppose specialists aren't meant to be easy to obtain but you shouldn't have to spend hours upon hours trying to find someone to give your station a 2% bump in effeciency.

Trading: Even with the trade computer the trading system is still garbage.

NPC chatter: NPC's will flat out say no to your requests.
EG:

You: Where is item X? Them: No. This is incredibly frustrating, if an npc has no interest in talking to you they shouldn't answer the hail or they should give a valid excuse to give some indication to the player what they need to do to be able to get the required information.
Posted: June 16
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114 of 151 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Its a 50$ Beta

(Written on 5/17/2014 patch 1.3) I cannot recommend this game to any one, being new to the X universe I thought this game would be a good introduction to the series, even being updated with many patch. Unfortunately from further research into previous games, one in particular keeps coming up, X3 a game from 2005 which seems to have so much more then this game. My biggest disappointment has to be the Albion skunk, it’s just not fun being stuck in a single ship, in a universe with many more interesting ship designs and varied rolls for combat and trade. The point that killed this game for me was saving up the currency to buy an Arawn, a "super carrier" only to find that I the player can't fly it.
Now this game does have some things in its favor.
• The soundtrack is wonderful
• The universe is large and atmospheric
• Ship models are interesting and engaging

The following are things that broke the universe for me
• Character models are poor, many of the characters look like there in their 80s
• The Albion skunk is the only ship you can use. (To hit this point harder: you can only explore the ramp and a break room in the Albion skunk, the cockpit is just a HUD cut scene.)
• Missions have terrible rewards for what’s required of you
• Voice acting is limited and delivered as if the voice actor was tired and not interested

This game is NOT worth what they are asking and Egosoft deserves the criticism, this game is worth the 33/100 metacritic gave. Save your money, don’t even buy on sale wait a few more years, maybe in another year or so, this game will be worth 30$.
Posted: May 17
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61 of 78 people (78%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Paying over $10 for this game will leave you with severe buyer's remorse. If you just want facts, skip the next 2 paragraphs.

To begin, I'll state that if you've played X3: Reunion/Terran Conflict/Albion Prelude and loved them, this is not a sequel, spiritual successor or anything along those lines. X Rebirth falls under the "inbread abomination" category. It borrows heavily from the lore, but not from any of the concepts that made the previous titles fun to play.

Don't be fooled by the positive reviews, half of them aren't even consistently deluded. With comments like "10/10" then individually listing the areas of the game as followed "Sound: 6/10, Graphics: 8/10, Gameplay: 4/10. Totally loved it" it's as if the positive reviews came from people either associated with the company or from people so dissapointed that they decided a drunken review to sucker more people out of their money was the best alternative to admitting this game was a flop.

Graphics: Nothing special here and if it runs on your computer properly it can be very pretty at times, about 50% of the uses are consistantly reporting massive framerate issues even after 6+ months of release. It uses directx 9, which is several generations old at this point and most believe this was due to it's, all but confirmed by the devs, origins as a console port.

Sound: The voice acting is mediocre to bad, it's repetitive too so there is really no way around listening to it.

Controls: Severly limiting, more complicated than previous "X" titles due to a complete failure to streamline them into a simpler form. No initial support for flightsticks on a space sim, the menus you use to navigate and control your *cough* "empire" *cough* are obviously designed around the limitations of a primarily controler driven interface, they took the menus from previous titles, removed them, then added in even more awkward and convoluted replacements that are twice as hard to navigate and produce half (if even that) the intended results.

Gameplay: If you like ultra repetitive minigames where you ping the map then blow up space debris for money, you'll love this game. If you like reflex minigames where you get to hear horrible voice acting, repeated over, and over, and over etc. you'll love this game. Your ship, The Albion Skunk, is essentially invincible and overtuned to the point that it's almost not fun. The ships in your fleet can't be directly controlled, they can only be given very, very basic orders and they often decide the best thing to do is follow you instead of completing those orders. These ships die or just dissapear because they're probably as sick of this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game as you are at this point.

Don't waste your money on this game, the only thing they did right was hyping the hell out of it to sell copies and even then it's arguable if that truly was the right thing. After this stinker, I'd be hard pressed to see how Egosoft expects to sell another game in this franchise to anyone.
Posted: June 20
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227 of 356 people (64%) found this review helpful
108.9 hrs on record
Updates up to and including Version 2.0 corrected the majority of the launch bugs and added a lot of requested features. The game is fully playable and depending on what you are looking for can give you hours and hours of fun.

Also with 2.10 (In Beta) there is a native 64bit executable which should address some of the resource issues.

One thing to remember is that X games tend to take a while before they get to a state where people love them.

X3 had a bad start and really didn't shine until version 2.5 yet now it's one of the greatest space sims out there.

There is a lot of bad threads in the forums and Egosoft did earn a lot of hate from the poor release. however they have spent the last 6 months fixing things as fast as they can and adding requested items as fast as they can. There is still work to be done and we hope that within a few months they will move from a bug fix mode to a new content mode.

That being said, remember when reading reviews, a person's opinion really only matters if you are that person. I like the game, I have since launch. There are a lot of people that do not like that game. A lot of that is related in the core gameplay. It's different then X3 and a lot of people do not like that.

If you are looking for a X3 clone with some new flashy graphics this isn't your game.

You'll also note that alot of the reviews were done 6 months ago and do not reflect any patches or the 2.0 update.

Updated on 5/29 to reflect 2.10 changes. 2.10(still in RC stage) introduces a native 64bit executable.
Posted: May 21
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53 of 70 people (76%) found this review helpful
70.8 hrs on record
As you can see by my play stats I have played this game inside out and have come to this conclusion; X Rebirth has loads of potential and scope, but sadly falls way short of what it promises to be.

I have sunk over 500 hours into X3 and X3TC and can say that I enjoy the X games, but this one is simply not what you would expect and to make matters worse it should have come out on Early Access. The game is nowhere complete with functionality lacking and outsight not working in certain situations. Egosoft are patching, but as I have dealt with them before this is nothing new, but still doesn't excuse the mess this game is.

I have had to edit my save file numerous times just to complete the game and was rewarded by a lame end mission which comes and goes without anything happening and you are left wondering 'Ummm did I just finish the game??'. The bottom line is that they sacrificed what the X series was all about in order to attract new customers, which is a viable business strategy but is a very dangerous thing to do with a game such as X.

Because of this decision you get the feeling as if the game was intended for controller use and I think was to be for next gen consoles, but at the last minute I think they pulled the game and Egosoft were left with a game made for consoles which now had to go PC. Now this is speculation, but from the UI layout and functionality it would seem as if this is what the game was geared up for and then had to be quickly ported to PC..... maybe.

My final thoughts;
Space looks lovely at times and flying between floating cities close to a planet looks breathtaking, but on foot in stations and other areas the lo-fi textures are all too evident. Shoddy menu management and design choices (I had to make a whole new set of UI elements as the default set is woeful), buggy/non-working game play elements, annoying travelling mini game, poor ship and NPC AI, clipping and texture issues, sound issues...... in fact let’s just wrap this up into one sentence;

This game in not complete and will not be for at least another 6 months, maybe try back then.
Posted: April 22
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2,013 of 2,336 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
This game is a disaster, avoid at all costs.

X Rebirth is marketed in big bold letters as a trading game with a vibrant, reactive economy and NPC ships that go on trade runs simulating real economies. This is actually a load of tosh. More than 99% of ships (this is not an exaggeration) circle around stations in an endless loop, all caught up in a slow moving pointless traffic jam. They aren't going anywhere, have no goals and just keep doing this loop forever. The other ~1% seem to spawn next to stations then despawn when they are leaving them, never actually travelling to/from anywhere. It's all window dressing.

Not that it matters anyway, since trading doesn't even work. You'll have to do some really pointless trades (deliver 100 units of food when you can afford/store 100,000? What's the point?), and when you do you quickly find that the entire trading interface and ship control is totally buggy and doesn't work. Half the time player owned ships don't actually move when giving orders, and there's no way to view/delete the orders of ships in game. If your order bugs out you have to manually edit the xml files of your save game before trying again. If you eventually get them to move they frequently reach their destination then either get stuck staring at a station, or ram into it endlessly due to awful pathfinding.

Combat is really, really dull. You only ever get 1 ship, it can carry every type of weapon, but can only ever shoot one at a time and has no turrets or other hardpoints. EVERYTHING in this game is done manually. You can't automate anything.

Walking around stations is... rubbish. It's full of copy pasted stations - which you'll notice by station 3 - and NPCs that only have 4 sets of dialogue and just repeat them over and over again. You're going to get incredibly sick of talking to random people about why they're all a bunch of racists, or why VR holodancers are sexy but not real. It's incredibly unengaging content and somewhat alarming how so much of the development time and focus of the game is on a feature that is not fun from the start.

A lot of people have been saying this game 'has promise'. That 'it'll be fixed in patches'. It won't. This game is defective by design. You can't just fix core fundamental game mechanics with patches. Even if they manage to fix the bugs it won't change the fact that everything in the game is completely lifeless and window dressed, rather than engaging or purposeful.

If there's any one good thing to say about this game, it's that at least it's beautiful. The game is gorgeous, and that's really the only thing going for it.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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