X3: The Reunion is announced...no, not an X-Men movie..

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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.

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, "X²: The Threat," known as "X²: The Return" has been cancelled. Q3 2005 will herald the launch of the 'next generation' of X games, in the form of "X³: Reunion," set in the X universe.

During the creation of "X²: 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 X² engine and consideration to 'space' features had to be made. The near completion of the X³ engine within 2005 would allow EGOSOFT the creative freedom they desired, with no loss of content and give players an unparalleled game experience.

"X³: Reunion" immerses the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. The economy model in "X³: Reunion" is more complex than any previous X game. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, "X³: 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 "X³: Reunion" will see many innovative fan creations in the final retail game.

"'X³: Reunion' will see another huge leap in the evolution of space trading games" said Bernd Lehahn, CEO of EGOSOFT. "The decision to bring X³ forward, allows for many community ideas to be implemented. X² set a benchmark to be beaten, and 'X³: Reunion' will surpass this in every way possible."

For additional information on "X³: Reunion," please visit: www.X3-Reunion.com
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