X4: Cradle of Humanity *UPDATE* Fresh from the shipyard: unveiling a new battleship

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X4: Cradle of Humanity *UPDATE* Fresh from the shipyard: unveiling a new battleship

Post by Gregory » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 10:06

*Update November 30th, 2020*
Fresh from the shipyard: unveiling a new battleship

To celebrate today's second anniversary of X4: Foundations, we’re drawing back the curtain on a brand-new XL sized battleship that will be deployed for the first time in X4: Cradle of Humanity.

Screenshots: 1 -- 2 -- 3

This beast of sheer firepower is one of the most heavily armed ships to be found so far in the X4 universe. Its ability to take on large targets is second to none. However, can it be undermined by a fleet of small ships?

Find out in the first quarter of 2021 when X4: Cradle of Humanity, the second expansion for X4: Foundations, will be released.

Whilst the name for this majestic piece of technology is being kept firmly under-wraps for now, take a guess at what we have christened this new battleship!

X4: Cradle of Humanity - The next chapter of X4 awaits you in the new year!
As announced at the beginning of October, the final release of the 4.00 update and the new X4: Cradle of Humanity expansion, has been postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

X4: Cradle of Humanity is the second expansion for X4: Foundations and will bring the X series back to Earth. It significantly expands the game universe with new sectors and welcomes two Terran factions along with their economy, ships, weapons and stations. New game-starts bring players closer to the identity and political stance of the Terran factions and offer alternative perspectives on events in the history of X4: Foundations.

You can already add X4: Cradle of Humanity to your wish lists on Steam and GOG. Owners of the X4: Foundations Collector's Edition will automatically find the second expansion in their game library when it is released.

*Update November 11th, 2020*
A new look for an old classic

This classic fighter was first deployed in X3: Terran Conflict. Its design has recently been polished up and refreshed for its glorious return in X4: Cradle of Humanity, the second expansion for X4: Foundations, to be released in the first quarter of 2021.

But do you remember this ship's name?

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X4: Cradle of Humanity is the second expansion for X4: Foundations and will be released for PC (Steam || GOG) in the first quarter of 2021. We'll have more to share in the following weeks, including long awaited news on the public beta of the 4.0 update for X4: Foundations. Keep an eye on our news section to not miss a thing.

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*Update October 7th, 2020*
New release window for X4: Cradle of Humanity // First look at a new ship
More than a month has passed since we unveiled the next expansion for X4: Foundations at gamescom 2020. X4: Cradle of Humanity brings the X series back to Earth and expands the game's universe with new sectors and two Terran factions, including their economies, ships, weapons and stations. The expansion tells new stories and introduces the identity and political stance of the Terran factions, as well as giving an alternative perspective on existing story developments in X4: Foundations.

New release window – Q1 2021
We start with the not-so-good news. Although only about six weeks have passed since our unveiling of X4: Cradle of Humanity, it has become clear during that time that our originally announced goal of a release by the end of 2020 will not be achievable.

We are currently aiming for a release of X4: Cradle of Humanity in the first quarter of 2021. We apologize for this delay, but we are absolutely sure that this decision will be good for the expansion, and will improve the quality of X4: Cradle of Humanity to meet both your and our own expectations. We will, of course, keep you informed about the further development progress of X4: Cradle of Humanity and will provide you with further insights in the coming weeks.

A new ship - but whose is it?
To keep you excited for X4: Cradle of Humanity in spite of the postponement, we have decided to show you one of the new ships that will find its way into the game through the expansion.

>> Screenshot 1 <<
>> Screenshot 2 <<

Unusual, isn't it? We don't want to give too much away at this point - but you may already have an idea who this ship might belong to? We are looking forward to reading your theories in the forums, on Reddit or on our social media channels.

3.30 stability patch on the way
A new patch for the current 3.30 version of X4: Foundations will be available for download very soon. This is purely a stability patch, which means that it does not include any gameplay changes or new features. "3.30 Hotfix 1", as the patch is officially called, fixes, among other things, a display corruption experienced by players with AMD Radeon™ RX 5600 XT graphics cards with the Glow option enabled. This patch will go through a short Public Beta period before full release, and you are all invited to take part! Visit bit.ly/x4foundationsbeta for details on how to do so.

New merchandise now available
We have added two new merch items to our shop at bit.ly/x-merch in the past few weeks. In addition to our previously available Split and Teladi designs, you’ll now find a neutral motif with the X4: Foundations logo for t-shirts and hoodies. A cap with the X4 logo on the front is also new, and you can choose from eight different colors! Have a look at bit.ly/x-merch to see if there is something for you.

*Update August 30th, 2020
Reveal Teaser for X4: Cradle of Humanity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nRg5mA5OWc
Extended Reveal Teaser with developer commentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__973uiwrkY
Livestream recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_xZLbYFM44

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EGOSOFT unveils the next chapter in its long-standing space simulation franchise. X4: Cradle of Humanity is the second expansion for the latest game in the series, X4: Foundations, which was released for PC in November 2018.

The teaser trailer for X4: Cradle of Humanity will premiere today at 23:45 CEST / 10:45pm BST / 5:45pm EDT / 2:45pm PDT during the gamescom studio live show, produced by IGN, over at www.youtube.com/IGN.

Later this year, X4: Cradle of Humanity will bring the X series back to Earth, significantly increasing the size of the game's universe with new sectors, and welcoming two Terran factions to X4: Foundations, along with their economy, ships, weapons and stations. New game-starts will introduce the identity and political stance of the Terran factions, as well as giving an alternative perspective on existing story developments in X4: Foundations.

X4: Cradle of Humanity will also shed light on what has happened to Earth in the decades since the jump-gate shutdown. Furthermore, a certain pirate faction that is well known to fans of the series will be making a dramatic comeback!

X4: Cradle of Humanity will be accompanied by the biggest free update to X4: Foundations yet. Update 4.0 will be made available to all owners of the base game and is set to further enhance X4: Foundations in a number of ways, including major new gameplay features (e.g. a new terraforming feature) and wide-ranging visual improvements (e.g. volumetric fog). Details of these, and on other new elements of the 4.0 update, will be disclosed at a later stage.

Join us for a livestream on Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 7pm CEST / 6pm BST / 1pm EDT / 10am PDT at www.twitch.tv/egosoftofficial to find out more about our plans for the future of X4: Foundations and X4: Cradle of Humanity.

X4: Cradle of Humanity is now listed on Steam and can be added to players' wish-lists. Alternatively, by purchasing the X4: Foundations Collector's Edition bundle, space adventurers can secure access to the expansion when it is released as well as benefitting from a discount over buying it separately.

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by rene6740 » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 10:36

First (always wanted to write that lol)

I'm looking forward to the Trailer and the first gameplay footage about the new DLC. Hopefully the new terraforming endgame feature is good enough to keep things exciting even at later stages.

I do have to say though, i really hope that the quality of the DLC sotry is much better than Split Vendetta. When Split Vendetta released two out of three plots were not possible to complete because of absurd amount of resources required (looking at those 22m Missile Components). There is no way that any playtester, if playtested at all, would have not seen that. That brings up a strange feeling of timegating content because the rest after that point is not ready at release.

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by johnhirix » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 11:14

Hmm, still no boron? Is thos the last dlc for x4?

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Blazitron » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 11:30

Looking forward to this next DLC and stream, as I've been eagerly waiting for the Terrans to make a comeback.

Also, really loving the design of that transporter concept. Hope the rest of the ships look as sleek as this one, as it's definitely a throwback to the X3:Terran Conflict amazing designs 8)

Now, what is this about terraforming? Interesting, I guess that means we could be able to fix the worlds on fire in the Xenon sectors in the next big update :D

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Skeeter » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 11:38

Please dont show "not finished artwork" etc this time. If your at a stage you can show it make sure the things is the best it can be not "beta" gfx as quite alot of us get a bit miffed. For the trailers for the next exp.

I do hope they can put in taa anti alising for both amd and nvidia cards in as its not as demanding as msaa or at least polish their msaa and fxaa as there far too heavy fps droppers compare to other games implementation which dont drop fps as much as x4 does with em on.
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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Stoats not Goats » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:12

The Torus has aged well :lol: , really looking forward to the new DLC
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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Matthew94 » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:22

I'm liking the look of those stations. The white X3 Terran aesthetic is back.

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Warnoise » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:27

I hope 4.0 will bring fixes and additions to the subordinate ai and combat ai in general. otherwise i wont be bothered buying the dlc

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Dinadin » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:35

Blazitron wrote:
Thu, 27. Aug 20, 11:30
Also, really loving the design of that transporter concept. Hope the rest of the ships look as sleek as this one, as it's definitely a throwback to the X3:Terran Conflict amazing designs 8)
Matthew94 wrote:
Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:22
I'm liking the look of those stations. The white X3 Terran aesthetic is back.
I always liked that Space Odyssey 2001/interstellar aesthetics of white and sleek science-fiction ships and stations in X3, happy to see it coming back!

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by raUlo » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:40

Gregory wrote:
Thu, 27. Aug 20, 10:06
Later this year, X4: Cradle of Humanity will bring the X series back to Earth
This year? You mean 2020? That sounds amazing :D

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by TheMandalorian » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:46

Does anybody know which station is shown on the screenshots on steam?
It appears to be the player HQ but in another sector?
https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic.com ... 1598515434

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by rene6740 » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:51

TheMandalorian wrote:
Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:46
Does anybody know which station is shown on the screenshots on steam?
It appears to be the player HQ but in another sector?
https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic.com ... 1598515434
Maybe that’s still Grand Exchange but terraformed to show some new visuals. I wouldn’t bet on being able to move the HQ with 4.0

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Athelus » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 14:02

Fantastic timing, only started playing again last week and finally getting into the game again! It's improved so much since release that it's crazy.

For anyone with a long game going did you have trouble with your ongoing game when the split dlc came out?

Can't wait for the terran ship interiors!

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by Shehriazad » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 14:05

Terraforming Gameplay....wat?

You guys are seriously toying with my emotions here. Dis gonna be good.

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Re: X4: Cradle of Humanity - Unveiling the next chapter of X4: Foundations

Post by hargn » Thu, 27. Aug 20, 14:06

Warnoise wrote:
Thu, 27. Aug 20, 12:27
I hope 4.0 will bring fixes and additions to the subordinate ai and combat ai in general. otherwise i wont be bothered buying the dlc
In one of their last stream (maybe the one where Bernd has spoiled the content of this DLC), the devteam told us that they where working on the subbordinate behaviors and path-finding.
They also told that they wanted to want for the new major update (the 4.0 then) to have the time to make the best on these features.

Otherwise, any idea on the new returning pirate faction?

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