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Feb 11, 2021

X4: Cradle of Humanity set to release alongside major FREE update on March 16th

From Press Release:

Wuerselen, February 11th, 2021 – EGOSOFT, one of Germany’s longest-standing game development studios, will soon continue the story of its successful space simulation X4: Foundations. On March 16th, they will release the second expansion, X4: Cradle of Humanity, which has been eagerly awaited by fans of the series. In addition, all owners of X4: Foundations can look forward to the extensive, free 4.00 update of the base game, which will also be available from March 16th, 2021.

X4: Cradle of Humanity brings the X series back to Earth, significantly increasing the size of the game’s universe with new sectors, and welcoming two Terran factions to X4: Foundations. These bring with them their own economy, ships, weapons and stations. New game-starts will introduce the identity and political stance of the Terran factions, as well as giving an alternative perspective on existing story developments in X4: Foundations.

X4: Cradle of Humanity will be accompanied by the most extensive free update to X4: Foundations yet. The 4.00 update will be made available to all owners of the base game, and is set to further enhance X4: Foundations in a number of ways. Among the enhancements are major new gameplay features, such as terraforming, and wide-ranging visual improvements including volumetric fog. Details of these, and other new aspects of the 4.00 update, can be found on our website at or in the game’s news section on the Steam website (

The base game X4: Foundations for PC was first released on the Steam and GOG digital distribution platforms 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: FoundationsX4: 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.

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