While the cancellation of the expansion pack for X2: The Threat
will leave some fans disappointed, they should be glad to hear that X3: The Reunion
is in development. With a brand new engine, X3
will try to give gamers an incredible universe to explore, trade, and dogfight in.
ENLIGHT ANNOUNCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE X UNIVERSE, "XÂ³: REUNION"
PARKVILLE, MD - March 18th, 2005 - Enlight, a leading software developer and publisher, announced today the beginning of a new era for the X series of space combat/trading games. The planned expansion for the award winning PC title, "XÂ²: The Threat," known as "XÂ²: The Return" has been cancelled. Q3 2005 will herald the launch of the 'next generation' of X games, in the form of "XÂ³: Reunion," set in the X universe.
During the creation of "XÂ²: The Return," a secondary team was tasked with the development of a state of the art X engine, with the power and flexibility to bring the concepts of developer, EGOSOFT, and the fan community have envisaged to life. Many of these creations were not possible with the existing XÂ² engine and consideration to 'space' features had to be made. The near completion of the XÂ³ engine within 2005 would allow EGOSOFT the creative freedom they desired, with no loss of content and give players an unparalleled game experience.
"XÂ³: Reunion" immerses the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Extensive development has gone into the XÂ³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. The economy model in "XÂ³: Reunion" is more complex than any previous X game. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, "XÂ³: Reunion" will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a player's actions can shape the future of the universe. Community involvement has been extensive, throughout the development process and the launch of "XÂ³: Reunion" will see many innovative fan creations in the final retail game.
"'XÂ³: Reunion' will see another huge leap in the evolution of space trading games" said Bernd Lehahn, CEO of EGOSOFT. "The decision to bring XÂ³ forward, allows for many community ideas to be implemented. XÂ² set a benchmark to be beaten, and 'XÂ³: Reunion' will surpass this in every way possible."
For additional information on "XÂ³: Reunion," please visit: www.X3-Reunion.com