X Rebirth trailer details trading and mining

X Rebirth wowed us last month with a trailer on the space sim's scale and depth, and now is impressing with intricate detail. A new trailer devotes ten minutes to how trading and mining work in a galaxy where NPC ships tie into the economy and you can control your own fleet and facilities.

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X Rebirth wowed us last month with a trailer on the space sim's scale and depth, and now is impressing with intricate detail. A new trailer devotes ten minutes to how trading and mining work in a galaxy where NPC ships tie into the economy and you can control your own fleet and facilities.

"Prices and the economy can and will be influenced by pirates, warring factions disrupting supply routes, broken station power units, shot-down freighters, good relations with merchants, and the list goes on," developer Egosoft explains in the announcement.

With so much going on, it's tried to make trading and inventory easy to manage. Basically, you get to sit in a space-chair on the bridge, looking at some very fancy space-spreadsheets on a terminal. And rather than collect and deliver goods to docks yourself, you can send drones out.

Mining's similarly simple, letting you tag asteroids for your fleet of mining ships (you have bought a fleet of mining ships, haven't you?) to smash and harvest. If you get involved yourself, though, you can cherry-pick which chunks of rock to pick up, maximising yields.

It's all looking delightfully like a single-player EVE Online. X Rebirth comes to PC on November 19.

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    September 27, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, X Rebirth trailer details trading and mining.

    X Rebirth wowed us last month with a trailer on the space sim's scale and depth, and now is impressing with intricate detail. A new trailer devotes ten minutes to how trading and mining work in a galaxy where NPC ships tie into the economy and you can control your own fleet and facilities.

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      September 27, 2013 7:17 AM

      Man does this look good, I wonder if all the Star Citizen dudes will get this game in Nov?

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        September 27, 2013 7:18 AM

        They can't afford it, they all gone broke from buying virtual motor homes

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        September 27, 2013 7:21 AM

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        September 27, 2013 7:45 AM

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        September 27, 2013 8:08 AM

        ill probably pick it up, looks cool and i love space.

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        September 27, 2013 8:45 AM

        I preordered. Its on GMG for 25% off coupon. Gogogo

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          September 27, 2013 7:31 PM

          What coupon code did u use? All i see is the 20% one.

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            September 28, 2013 9:08 AM

            I would also like to know more of this 25% off pre-order.

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        September 27, 2013 8:46 AM

        Preordered!

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        September 27, 2013 9:24 AM

        It always struck me as a series where you will spend more time in the UI than the cockpit

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        September 27, 2013 11:10 AM

        Yup, I just pre-ordered it. It'll at least hold me over until SC's dogfight module.

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        September 27, 2013 2:46 PM

        Sure, why not? We're on the Star Citizen bandwagon, not the "Star Citizen or Bust" bandwagon. :D

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        September 27, 2013 3:25 PM

        Already bought, good sir!

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      September 27, 2013 8:40 AM

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      September 27, 2013 11:28 AM

      I hope that the difficulty curve is not as hard as the previous games, I'm really getting shafted with Terran Conflict!

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        September 27, 2013 11:30 AM

        I seriously recommend the Terran start. It's combat focused and easier to explore the galaxy. You can ignore the missions and do trading whenever you want, and it'll be easy because you've been given good ships that you could sell.

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          September 27, 2013 3:38 PM

          I did that, it directed me straight to a mission that asked me to scan a pirate station WHEN I HAVE NO SCANNER nor the means to buy it.

          So I went off and did an "easy" follow and protect mission. after 20 minutes of flying and occasional fighting, the mission failed when my target died meters away from the station.

          I am sad. :(

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            September 27, 2013 4:37 PM

            Are you doing the main story missions or side missions? Side missions can range from stupid easy to stupid hard.

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            September 27, 2013 4:42 PM

            I know that mission, the briefing is misleading. You don't need a scanner or any other piece of equipment for that objective. Just get within about a km of the docking ports and you'll see a percentage increase. Hold your position until it hits 100% and you're done. Just watch out, in later missions, you will need a cargo scanner to find contraband. I think that the mission info will actually tell you that you need a cargo scanner but I wanted to give you a heads up. :-)

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        September 27, 2013 2:51 PM

        I'm getting my ass handed to me on my combat missions. I have a couple of sector traders working though allowing me to replace my blown up ships quicker.

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          September 27, 2013 3:15 PM

          What kind of ship are you flying? I try to avoid combat in anything less than a M3. Definitely, if you can afford it, a M6 is even better! The other hint I have is that higher levels of the fight command software will enable targeting assistance (semi with Mk1 and full with Mk2 iirc). Typically, I'll have full assistance on, it really helps with nailing those tiny M5s.

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            September 27, 2013 4:23 PM

            I think it's a vanguard and raider. I established my trading first and just repaired a couple cheap ships I bought. Outfitted them with some ray emitters and trying to get some combat experience. Made a nice run with about 3 missions and died in the 4th losing all my progress. Now I dock right away after any mission.

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              September 27, 2013 4:35 PM

              That's the way to do it! I play the exact same way. I've never done dead-is-dead mode. Between the autopilot crashing you, ships running over you, or a Xenon M7 hunting you through the entire universe, it just doesn't strike me as fun.

              Do you know what the name of the ship is? The raider and vanguard (and sentinel/prototype) are just variants on the base hull. My favourite ship is definitely the Argon Nova Raider (M3 too!). I'm a huge fan of high energy plasma throwers and the phased repeater guns. iirc, the phased repeater guns have a range of less than a km so I'll throw them in the rear turret and set that turret for missile defense. I'll use the HEPT in the main guns simply because the turrets aren't great using them.

              Sometimes, if you're really lucky, you'll see ships with a dollar symbol on them. You can pick them up for super cheap if they're damaged. A quick way to make cash is to buy the damaged ship, fly up to it in your current ship, eject from your current ship, target the damaged ship then jam your CTRL key with something and walk away for a bit. Your spacesuit comes with a handy little repair laser and about 10 minutes of oxygen (iirc). The ship's value goes up quite a lot once it's at 100% hull and it's a great way to make some spare cash or get a new ship for your fleet for cheap. I think that's how I got my Nova Raider in my current X3:AP game.

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                September 27, 2013 4:46 PM

                Yeah the repair is the way I got my sector trader. Super cheap also sold some fighters like that. I think I'm rocking some argon raider, don't know off the top of my head. I'll have to take a closer look at some of the weapons. I tried playing yesterday but my kid wasn't having it.

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                September 27, 2013 6:46 PM

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              September 27, 2013 6:14 PM

              Get salvage insurance - it lets you quicksave while in space.

              Also get a docking computer - allows for instant docking when in range.

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                September 27, 2013 6:48 PM

                So that's what that stuff is. I need to read a wiki or something. I watched the videos that Mr. Goodwrench posted and that helped dramatically.

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        September 27, 2013 6:40 PM

        Yeah, this is my hope as well.

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        September 27, 2013 7:05 PM

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      September 27, 2013 11:29 AM

      I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'll never understand why egosoft doesn't let people beta test their games. (via pre-order or whatever). They are always buggy as shit.

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        September 27, 2013 3:21 PM

        Unfortunately this is misinformed and something of a gross generalisation. If you wish to beta test, you can do so now via DevNet. This has always been the case. You do not need to pre-order.

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          September 27, 2013 3:43 PM

          I've played every X game since x2. It isn't misinformed.

          What is Devnet?

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        September 27, 2013 3:35 PM

        post + developer name? :P Seriously I think they are big about not letting outside mob/committee style thinking get into their game design- they seem kinda isolated. (and I love them for it) Maybe they also think that way about beta testing- even if it's just for fixing bugs, they don't want anyone second guessing their game until they think it's 100% finished?

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      September 27, 2013 4:42 PM

      I want to pick up Terran Conflict, but at the same time I think I may as well wait the month for Rebirth.

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      September 27, 2013 4:44 PM

      I don't understand why one would have to fly a ship around to execute all those various actions. Why wouldn't one just sit in one place and push buttons on a computer? Why would I have to fly a ship over a beacon in order to get information about a station, rather than just calling them up and saying "Hey, can I have some information?"

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        September 27, 2013 5:59 PM

        Because video games.

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        September 27, 2013 6:03 PM

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        September 27, 2013 6:27 PM

        Why do you play games to enjoy the "story" if you can watch the ending on YouTube? Why do you have to experience something, and use your imagination? Why do you drink if it it's harmful to your body? Why does gegtik retweets shit like a madman? Why does Deathlove hates Ameritrash tabletop games? Why, UtilityMaximizer, WHY? So many mysteries in the universe.

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          September 27, 2013 7:41 PM

          But...it's a space game, about doing stuff in space. The stuff one can do in space that is interesting is...well, flying around and shooting at stuff, I guess. Treating space as a menu, and your spaceship as a pointer, just seems like an attempt to make a spreadsheet seem more like a game.

          If one is going to have an economy in the game, make it an economy with a businesslike interface. This is like extreme skeuomorphism--instead of the interface looking like real objects, the interface is real objects.

          My objection, restated for Mr. Goodwrench's sake: If this is like a Zynga game, requiring the player to zoom around to make choices that would be better done by pointing and clicking isn't going to make it less tedious, and won't make it any less like a Zynga game.

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