EGOSOFT today announces the beginning of a new era for the X series of space combat/trading games. The planned expansion for the award winning PC CDROM title, XÂ²: THE THREAT known as XÂ²: THE RETURN has been cancelled. The essence of the expansion pack has been used to give birth to the next generation of X game, in the form of XÂ³: REUNION, the first multi format product, set in the X universe.
During the creation of XÂ²: THE RETURN, it became apparent to EGOSOFT that the expansion pack had taken on a life of its own. With so many ideas from the fan community, waiting to be implemented into an already crowded expansion game and development of the XÂ³ engine moving at a rapid pace behind the scenes, the conception of a full, stand alone game became the logical choice.
XÂ³: REUNION utilises a new generation game engine, developed to immerse the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Extensive development has gone into the XÂ³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. The economy model in XÂ³: REUNION is more complex than any previous X game. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, XÂ³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a player’s actions really can shape the future of the universe. Community involvement has been extensive, throughout the development process and the launch of XÂ³: REUNION will see many innovative fan creations in the final retail game. XÂ³: REUNION will also be the first chance for players to experience the thrills of deep space trading on a format other than PC, with the launch of a console version (TBA).
“XÂ³: REUNION will see another huge leap in the evolution of space trading games” said Bernd Lehahn, CEO EGOSOFT. “The decision to bring XÂ³ forward, allows for many community ideas to be implemented. XÂ² set a bench mark to be beaten. XÂ³: REUNION will surpass this in every way possible.”
Quotes from the developer community:
"The transition from X2 - The Return to X3 could not have come at a better time for Egosoft. Allowing us to fully realise both our own dreams of the X universe, as well as giving those who matter to us the most, our players, the chance to see X as it was truly meant to be. It's been a long journey, truly wondrous in its nature, but finally, the beginning has come an end. It's time to show the world OUR world. It's time to show you X3!" - Ivan Tefalco
"What Egosoft has shown here is that their ideas and concepts were much too large to fit into a mere "expansion pack". Only a full out game could quench the thirst of their fans and the developers themselves. I think this is a brilliant move by Egosoft. This game journeys down new roads and takes steps in new directions- and is truly massive- only a sequel could do the job." - Tristan D. Fisher
“The plot is so much bigger, with so much more going on, that it's like a feature film... with X2 like a trailer.” - Brian Ronald