X4: Foundations space simulation is coming

x4 foundations space simulation is coming to linux

X4: Foundations most sophisticated space simulation available on Windows, but coming to Linux. The recent release of the latest in the vaunted X Series of games has everyone hyped. Thanks to the efforts of developer Egosoft. The games available now on Steam, GOG and Humble Store.

This is a space simulation playable as an action game from the 1st person in a living breathing universe. So X4: Foundations delivers the franchise’s most sophisticated universe simulation ever. While players manage an empire and exploreg space in first person.
Since you can FLY EVERY SHIP, TRADE and FIGHT to BUILD their empire. Which also means modular station construction. So think carefully when embarking on an epic journey.

X4: Foundations is a completely realistic simulation with an economy that can go through massive changes. So no two universes in different player save games will be anything alike – after just a few hours of playtime.
While NPC factions are now able to freely decide what factories and ships to build. And it is all eventually consumed in the ultimate big economy drain: WAR. Yes this is a singleplayer game, so you are completely on your own.

Linux Support:

“I’m afraid we are very much focused on getting the initial launch completed successfully. And haven’t planned in detail exactly when we will get the Linux beta started. As I said in my previous reply, please bear with us while the dust settles and we get a clearer picture of when we will be able to put some time into preparing it. Given that information, you can assume that it’s now pretty certain that it won’t actually be on the same day as the Windows launch.”

So if you want to check out the thread for yourself, by all means. There are people commenting on Proton use, trying to get the game to launch. Sadly there seems to be an issue. Even on Windows there is already an FAQ around Vulkan.
Personally, I did launch the game via Proton using Steam Play. But everything seems to come to a grinding halt on the title window. Which ends up hanging as well.

Also, Egosoft did reach out to re-affirm Linux support:
egosoft confirms linux support

This really is a realistic space simulation at the core. Which makes all player experiences in that universe so much more authentic. Since every action has the potential to influence something else, something bigger.  Things do not just happen because of the player, but because a part of this real simulation. For instance, when a ship is destroyed, it won’t deliver its goods to a factory, causing prices to increase.

X4: Foundations – Trailer 2018 (Windows, then Linux)


  • Spaceflight sandbox: Acquire ships and upgrade their systems or create fleets of hundreds. From small scouts to massive capital ships.  Fly them all from cockpit or bridge and remote command with a powerful map.
  • Research: Research new technologies like teleportation, blueprints for station and ship construction and much more
  • Build: Full creativity with station construction.  Station and factory modules can freely connect to form ever-growing economic or military installations.
  • Explore: A massive universe awaits sheer endless opportunities for exploration. Find resources for mining and crafting, to acquire rare technologies. Explore ancient installations.
  • Sandbox Gamestarts: Start into X4 from a variety of angles. Represent different factions, ships, and technologies. Every start offers a new view at the universe, but all allow you to unlock everything.
  • Dynamic universe: Factions build and expand stations dynamically and react to the economy and military threats. Every game can take a new and unexpected turn for the entire universe.
  • Complex Economy: Trade with a single ship or rise to become an empire manager competing with entire civilizations.  A fully simulated and dynamic economy reacts to changes on every level.

X4: Foundations space simulation is available on Steam, GOG and Humble Store priced $49.99 USD. The game can also be purchased from store.egosoft.com.

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