The industry doesn’t see many space combat titles these days, but genre fans should pay attention to X Rebirth, which aims to drop players into a massive open galaxy that could take years to explore.
Egosoft’s X space shooters have been around for a while, but the series has always appealed to a fairly niche audience. The developer is hoping that will change with X Rebirth, a massive project that the team has been working on for over seven years.
The game is a single player space shooter/trade simulator, where players trade goods and services with other NPCs, mine asteroids for resources, and manage a fleet of ships until they’ve built an empire that reaches the stars.
The impressive thing about X Rebirth is how massive the play space is. Egosoft has built a galaxy for players to explore, and the distance between planets is so vast that it could literally take players hours to travel from one location to the next. To help trim down this time, players can hop on space highways, which function as a kind of minigame where you have to change lanes and dodge other ships.
Planets and other large rocks aren’t the only thing that players run into in space. You’re able to dock at space stations then get out and walk around as you trade goods and recruit new NPCs to your team. Capitol ships are so big that that they feature thousands of turrets and other objects that players can destroy in combat. Players are even be able to fly inside some of these ships and shoot at their guts.
Egosoft has built the game so that players can keep playing randomly generated content indefinitely after they complete the 20-hour campaign. If you’re looking for a nice space shooter who you can bring home to mom and maybe settle down with for the rest of your life, then X Rebirth might be the game for you. X Rebirth’s seven year development ends this November.