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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RegularWildKat avatar
RegularWildKat  •  2 years ago
I am sad that you left divnet because I like to know about new patches for the game
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Fallent  •  2 years ago
"Autopilot can fly your ship while you are busy" This I like. I've been waiting for this. However 90% of that list is still just fluff around the edges. Where are the Boron? The Split? Where is rest of the campaign? Where are the small and extra small ships? Why does the Skunk still have no turrets? Why are the stations still populated with space grandmas? So on.. and so on...
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Jambock  •  2 years ago
thanks for saving me from a big download; since i don't have Rebirth in my pc for months now. =)
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BarrenEarth  •  2 years ago
This is no Bala Gi... and if they think it is, God help us all.
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SyberSmoke  •  2 years ago
Roguey, To add to the list. Balors have been fixed and are working as they should. And it appears that cap ships got full shields. I have been exploring and Balors have had a shield rating that decreased when hitting the hull. A LOT of things appear to have changed, but are not listed.
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Galimet  •  2 years ago
Well, its starting to look a little bit ( just a little bit ) like a X game, well at this rate, ill start playing it again around new year

well keep us informed about the new stuff comming in !!
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RegularWildKat  •  2 years ago
When is this patch coming out?