X4: Foundations 4.00 update

X4: Foundations 4.00 update and X4: Cradle of Humanity expansion now available

  • The biggest space sandbox continues to grow!
  • The X-series returns to Earth: Terran factions join the game, including their economies, ships, weapons, stations and new storylines.
  • New ways to manage hostilities, terraforming endgame activity, visual enhancement with volumetric fog and many more quality-of-life improvements are included in free update 4.00.
  • Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs2BwzOKjhs

The next chapter of the X4: Foundations space simulation has begun! You can now download the extensive free 4.00 update to the base game (Steam | GOG), which expands and improves it in numerous ways. Gameplay changes include completely new features such as Terraforming, new options for managing hostilities, improved fleet control, and a new emergency eject feature. On the technical side, the 4.00 update brings volumetric fog effects, improves the fading-in of asteroids, and adds a visual shield impact effect. This is only a fragment of the changes in the largest free update of X4: Foundations to date. A complete list of changes (with around 400 entries) is available in the Egosoft forum. Further details of these, and other new aspects of the 4.00 update, can be found on our website at www.egosoft.com or in the game’s news section on the Steam website.

But that’s not all! Today EGOSOFT is also celebrating the release of X4: Cradle of Humanity (Steam | GOG), the second expansion for X4: Foundations. The expansion brings the X series back to Earth. It significantly expands the game universe with new sectors, and welcomes two Terran factions along with their economies, ships, weapons and stations. New gamestarts introduce players to the identities and political stances of the Terran factions, and offer alternative perspectives on events in the story of X4: Foundations. New storylines, with cutscenes and brand-new character models, will draw the players deeper into the X-Universe and keep them enthralled.

The base game X4: Foundations for PC was first released on November 30th, 2018. Since then, EGOSOFT has regularly expanded the game with new gameplay features, and has maintained an ongoing program of technical optimisations. On March 31st, 2020, the first expansion of X4: Foundations, X4: Split Vendetta (Steam | GOG), was released and received enthusiastically by the gaming community.

The development of X4: Cradle of Humanity was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with state funding as part of the federal government’s computer games funding program with an amount of 190,768 Euro.

About the X series games

X series games are space simulations, played as action games from a first-person perspective. They take place in a living breathing universe, with TRADE FIGHT BUILD THINK as the common tag-line. The X series games are unique in their depth, simulating an entire universe of NPC ships and stations, forming a realistic economy. Each game consists of a huge universe, simulated from the bottom up. Hundreds of stations, and thousands of ships, trade goods among themselves. Prices change based on supply and demand; resources are mined and processed in several stages. This economy is linked directly to the simulation of major conflicts, in a universe with dynamically-acting factions. Every player decision can dramatically change the future of the game universe.


EGOSOFT, founded in 1988, is one of Germany’s leading game developers. Its team of industry veterans and dedicated game enthusiasts entered the international stage with the widely-acclaimed X-Beyond the Frontier space simulation game in 1999. EGOSOFT is now exclusively dedicated to setting new standards in the space game genre and continuing to improve the gameplay experience for fans of the X Universe. For more information on EGOSOFT and its products visit https://www.egosoft.com.


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