Checking out v2.0 - The May patch

Tuesday 13th May, 2014 Comments 7 comments
Posted by Roguey, Global Admin.
You may of heard of the May patch? Its something Egosoft have been making a big deal of. Well today I had at look at it. At first there there is a number of new things;

    [*] Three new gamestarts, each with a new cockpit configuration.
    [*] Rebalanced combat with three difficulty settings.
    [*] Additional commands for your ships.
    [*] Autopilot can fly your ship while you are busy.
    [*] All new highway flight model.
    [*] Most tasks can now be performed without landing on stations.
    [*] Full screen HUD detail monitor option.
    [*] Clicks on event monitor now open relevant menus.
    [*] Map/radar on event monitor.
    [*] New ships in Omicron Lyrae.
    [*] Huge new Xenon ship.
    [*] Four new missile types.
    [*] Improved graphics for an even more beautiful universe.
    [*] New graphics options and presets.
    [*] New start menu scene.
    [*] New Steam achievements.

Whilst this seems like a big list of new things, some arent that major. For example the new steam achievements; at first you may excited to hear about some new things to do - like a new plot to play (coupled with the fact of v2.0)... well there isnt, most are for doing things in Easy, Medium or Hard mode (what a downer). Although some of the new features are actually quite good; highways feel much better, radar instead of no information, not required to look at ugly NPC's, auto-pillock auto-pilot (even know hes still suicidal) etc. If you joy playing X-Rebirth, then these features will be very welcomed.

The May patch feels more like an v1.5 than a v2.0 (a step forward not a leap). Maybe I expect too much from such a small development team? I might do one last update to the site (update the stats pages to v2.0), then leave it there. For me, version 2.0 has kind-of cemented in X-Rebirth's footing, whilst it seems to be a shaky one its here to stay. I feel its doubtful we will we see major re-works (like station building / trading etc.), as these have changed very little since release. Egosoft are very slowly improving X-Rebirth.

ps. this is based on a Beta patch. Its possible things could change between now and finial public release.


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