Egosoft announced the release of Update 3.0 for X Rebirth, which comes with a host of new features, improvements and bugfixes. 

The new features cover different areas of the game ranging from a new crafting feature over improvements in station building and fleet control to new ways of stealing, sabotaging and hacking stations. To introduce these new things to you, Egosoft created a set of videos explaining the main features of Update 3.0:

Exploration has always been a big part of the game and so it shouldn't surprise us that Update 3.0 lays a big focus on that by introducing the new Crafting feature. By finding Lockboxes, which are scattered around the universe, the player will receive different items which can be used in different ways. Some can be used in missions, others influence NPCs during the Smalltalk and some can simply be sold for good money.

Selling and buying wares is a basic principle of any economic system. To make trading more exciting and profitable the whole economy was re-balanced with Update 3.0. For the fleet captains among you, X Rebirth 3.0 resolves the problem of issuing commands to a number of ships at the same time by introducing the new Broadcast command. While Station builders will be pleased to hear that it's now possible to build stations in emtpy space zones, basically removing the limit of construction places.

Where we have trade, fight and build we shouldn't forget the last of the four X Rebirth themes: Think. Ideally, you don't only want to think yourself, but also have employees, who can think for you. To make your personnel smarter and improve their skills, NPC Education is another new feature you will find in X Rebirth 3.0.

But this is by far not everything. For those, who rather prefer a pirate-playing style there are several new ways of hacking and sabotaging stations and also the boarding of ships has been changed.

For learning even more about the changes of Update 3.0 and its new features, you can grab the dedicated 3.0 manual, which can be downloaded here.

In addition to the many new features and improvements, you will also be pleased to read that many bugs have been fixed and the performance in different situations could be improved.