In the last newsletter posted out, Egosoft revealed some behind-the-scenes info and some news regarding the upcoming plans for X:Rebirth. Some new DLCs? New upgrades to the core game? New patch? Or even a completely new game? Keep on reading and find out!

What's new in X Rebirth?

Egosoft annouced the release of Version 3.60 for X Rebirth for Windows, as well as the open beta for MAC OS X and Linux. Also - Egosoft's managing director Bernd Lehahn took some time to answer some frequently asked questions.

Are more DLCs coming for X Rebirth?

In the future Egosoft promised to continue to bring many new exciting features to X Rebirth, but parallel to that, there could also be DLCs or even new games.

"We would consider making a DLC if we wanted to add a large amount of additional content into the universe. For example, this might include new systems with many stations and ships or weapons etc. Only then would such a DLC package be worthwhile. All new gameplay features in the game, such as improvements to the UI or new AI commands, that could also be added to such a DLC, would instead be put into a free update alongside but separate to a DLC."

Is there a completely new X Game coming?

"Yes. At some point there will be a new game, because we want to improve a lot of things that we unfortunately cannot improve using a DLC or update. These are things that would cause massive changes to balancing or completely change the structure of the economy.

Because of this, we are working exactly as we did in the X3 times: In parallel working on a new project and improvements to the games already released. This won't just include making improvements to X Rebirth and The Teladi Outpost, but maybe also further updates for X3: Terran Conflict or Albion Prelude."

What are the features that are only possible in a new game?

"At the very top of our list is the biggest and most popular wish of X3 fans: The ability to actively fly all ships yourself and also actively command from the bridges of capital ships. Additionally, we are working on massive changes to the structure of the universe and, with that, much improved maps and entirely new UI systems for commanding groups of ships through lists of orders to be executed in the future."

And what has all of that got to do with Version 3.60

"A very important change that we would like to test for future games, and something on which we would like your opinion. Actually it is the ability to turn off a feature: You can now turn off the flight-assist on the Albion Skunk - and with this try out flight controls that are a little more difficult, but far more realistic. Here is a small demo."

"Additional features of Update 3.60 are improvements to the User interface allowing you to set targets from the map directly, and the possibility to talk to Ship Dealers and buy/sell ships remotely via the station's communication conversation. Of course, a number of bug fixes and performance improvements has found their way into the new update as well."