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X Rebirth 2.0 - Secret Service Missions
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Gamestarts
  • Argon Merchant
  • Argon Mercenary
  • Empire Builder
  • Difficulty levels
Changing the cockpit of the playership
New missions: The Secret Service Missions
  • Multi mission offers at one NPC
Radar - Improved navigation feature
Autopilot - Automatic flight from menus
  • Using the autopilot for missions and from maps
New highway gameplay
  • How to control your speed
  • Controlling speed inside the highway with a gamepad
  • How to exit the highway
  • Highway fights
Remotely dealing with NPCs
  • Remote Transport Drone
  • Delivery Charge
New NPC icon system
Remote AI commands - Fleet control
  • Existing commands for ships
  • New commands in X Rebirth 2.0 - Secret Service Missions
Advanced Trading - Making a traders life easier
  • Text filtering in the trade menu
  • Trade computer extension
  • Trade agents
  • Discounts and the smalltalk minigame
New HUD menus - Accessing menus faster
New graphics settings
Easy installation of mods with the Steam Workshop
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Gamestarts
Starting with "The Secret Service Missions", X Rebirth now offers different free gamestarts and difficulty levels.


The three new gamestarts are:

Argon Merchant:
Trader cockpit with good compromise between overview and instruments area.

Two capital transporters for trading with large amounts of goods and Trade extensions from start.

Start in Omicron Lyrae in Argon government controlled zone.


Argon Mercenary:
Fight cockpit design projects instruments and includes an extra large radar

Start in Maelstrom near Xenon infested zones.

Ship equipped with extra weapon upgrades from the start.



Empire Builder:
Builder cockpit uses traditional windows but still offers a good overview and readable instruments.

Start in Omicron Lyrae near friendly Argon government hotspot.

Player owned station and construction vessel.



Difficulty levels:
X Rebirth 2.0 includes drastic changes to game balancing, and introduces three difficulty levels.

NOTE: Some of the new Steam achievements are only available in the new HARD mode.
Changing the cockpit of the playership
The player can now choose to start the game with different specialized cockpits and can further reconfigure the cockpit layout to their preferences.

To do this, the player has to meet a mechanic and choose the “Reconfigure cockpit” option.








There are four cockpit layouts available, and prices for changing these are relatively low.










As with other products, you can always click on the encyclopaedia button to see more detailed information.
New missions: The Secret Service Missions
X Rebirth now features a new series of generic missions which, if played successfully, can earn the player unique membership in the Argon Secret Service.

Once the player is a member of the Argon Secret Service, he can accept even more special missions which will often be related to the struggles of the Argon government against the Xenon threat.

After proving yourself a trusted friend of the Argon you will be contacted by a captain of the Argon Secret Service aboard Cell Recharge Fab 1 in zone Last Stand.


Here the player can select one of many different missions and gain points on his way to the goal of becoming a highly respected member of the Argon Secret Service.


X Rebirth 2.0 Secret Service Missions are called “Operation Forge Guard”.

Like all generic missions, Forge Guard missions all come with briefings explaining what to do and why.





The ultimate reward from Operation Forge Guard is the Secret Service membership license. This license will give you access to special generic missions offered occasionally to members of the secret service.

Take note that while these missions pay more than the average fight missions, they are also more dangerous..
Radar - Improved navigation feature
A common request from fans was the addition of a permanently visible radar for easier navigation. X Rebirth 2.0 - Secret Service Missions introduces two new powerful radar modes which the player can manually configure on the event monitor.

While the first one (battle mode) offers a perspective view of the zone around the playership, the second (navigation mode) gives a more static top down view of the entire zone, or a large part of it.

To control this powerful new tool, the player can now map two new buttons.



Shift M in the default keyboard layout switches between the two radar modes shown on the left.

Shift R in the default layout switches the text overlay on/off. When turned on, the overlay shows detailed context-related information (for example about your current target, zone or about the object (like a station) which is close to you).



In the options menu (under graphics settings) you can also control the quality of the radar (and even turn it off completely, if you need the slight additional performance boost).
Autopilot - Automatic flight from menus
Another commonly asked for feature which is now added with X Rebirth 2.0 is the autopilot. You can command your ship to fly to a given destination or follow a given target ship. Your co-pilot Yisha and Betty, the ship computer, will then take over the steering, leaving you free to use the menu system to examine the map or look through the trade offers you might have collected.

The autopilot can be ACTIVATED in one of several ways:

1. By clicking on any ship in your HUD you can open the interact menu and select the new “Follow” command.








Using the autopilot for missions and from maps:

2. By clicking twice on a ship or station in the zone map.

3. By pressing the new Autopilot hotkey (Shift A by default) the autopilot will be aimed at your mission target.

4. By selecting the Autopilot option from the "Plot Course" submenu.

The autopilot can be DEACTIVATED at any time either by resetting your speed to 0 (BACKSPACE in default keyboard profile and LEFT SHOULDER BUTTON in default gamepad layout), or by pressing the Autopilot hotkey toggle button (Shift A in new default keyboard mapping).
New highway gameplay
We have decided to radically redesign the highway gameplay in X Rebirth 2.0. The player can now move freely inside the highway tube either by steering or strafing. The highway instantly provides a massive boost of speed, but the player can travel even faster by accelerating their ship.

How to control your speed:
Controlling the playership speed works the same way it works in free space. If the player sets his wanted speed to maximum, the ship will accelerate gradually to an even faster speed, while any collision with oncoming traffic or the side of the highway tube will slow the player down. With a little bit of practice the player can now catch up to ships in front of him or deliberately fall back to get behind ships following him.



Controlling speed inside the highway with a gamepad:
Highway flight now behaves very similar to flight in free space. To accelerate the player has to hold down the accelerate button (Left trigger by default), to slow down he has to release this button. Matching speed with any other ship happens by flying close behind the other ship.

How to exit the highway:
Local highways (connecting zones) can of course be exited at any time (not possible in blue super highways). The player immediately leaves a local highway by either pressing the “set speed to 0” button (BACKSPACE in default keyboard profile and LEFT SHOULDER BUTTON in default gamepad layout), or by repeatedly bouncing against the highway wall.



Highway fights:
Attacking ships inside the highway will destabilize ships and push them out of the tube. The player can then leave the highway and catch up to their victim.
Remotely dealing with NPCs
Another feature that was frequently requested by our egosoft.com community, was a fast method of contacting NPCs aboard stations.

Having to land and walk up to a person gave a nice immersive feeling of really being part of the environment, but many players wanted a quicker way to perform common tasks.

By opening up the main menus UNIVERSE section (Enter-3) then OPEN COMM LINK, players can now directly search for NPCs in nearby stations by the search criteria they are looking for.


A very useful category is also the current mission NPC, which is always listed on the first page.




Remote Transport Drone:
If you buy upgrades or inventory items remotely this way, they will be transported to you with the very fast Remote Transport Drones.

Delivery Charge:
The service of transporting inventory items, drone upgrades, ammunition or even new crew members with these express drones entails a nominal fee. The trade menu shows these costs as “Delivery Charge” of 2500 Credits per transaction.
New NPC icon system
Together with the above improvements, we have also reworked the icon system used on platforms.

Icons are categorized by the same groups used in the COMM LINK interface: Job applicants (people potentially working for you [ENTER-3-3-2 above]) have a circular main icon, while traders [ENTER-3-3-3 above] have a square main icon for example.







The circular sub-icons arranged around the main icon then further categorize NPCs.

Square main icon: Trader Round main icon: Job applicants
ITrade with inventory items (e.g Space farmer)CWorking on capital ship (e.g captain, engineer)
LTrade with licensesPWorking on player ship (e.g pilot, engineer)
PTrade upgrades for player ship (e.g: Mechanic)SWorking on station (e.g: manager, specialists)
STrade with ships (Ship Dealer)
Remote AI commands - Fleet control
X Rebirth 2.0 adds commands to control your ships, and to execute advanced tasks.

Existing commands for ships:
All ships you add to your squad will normally follow the Albion Skunk unless they have an implicit job. These implicit tasks can be trade runs that you give using the trade menu (Shift T) or special tasks like collecting resources, containers or minerals given using the HUD modes (Enter-1). On top of this, ships in your squad will also automatically support you in battle, if they are adequately prepared. All of this should not require any explicit commands through menus.

Once your fleet grows larger, you can assign ships to commanders instead of having them in your squad. This way ships can support stations or other capital ships and receive their commands from commanders, manager or captains, instead of reporting directly to you.

Capital ship built in shipyard

New commands in X Rebirth 2.0 - Secret Service Missions:
While all of the above still works as before, a lot of fans felt that these default methods of controlling ships working for you were not detailed enough, and expressed their desire for more freedom. X Rebirth 2.0 now adds a first set of advanced commands:

Old commands Attack commands Advanced commands
1Take me to4-1Attack All Enemies in Zone5-1Hold Position
2Gathering resources here4-2Attack Object5-2Fly to my Current Position
3Refuel 5-3Fly to Zone

Select “New order” and choose from the available possible orders.



Some commands may ask for additional parameters.








If your active target object is one of your ships, the event monitor can show its current active command.










More details about the current command, including the trade orders for this ship, are available in the ship’s info menu.
Advanced Trading - Making a traders life easier
X Rebirth now features several methods to make trading easier and faster. Trading in X Rebirth is done with NPC ships added to your squad. These can be ships of every size, but ships best suited for serious trading are capital transporter ships.

The new X Rebirth 2.0 “Argon Merchant” gamestart gives the player two large transporter ships, which are even partially filled with goods.

For the player the main act of trading now consists of finding good matching offers: Places where a ware is bought at a high and sold nearby at a lower price.



Trade offers are normally collected automatically when flying near stations. Every time the player approaches trade locations, offers are added to the ship's computer, and will be listed in the trade menu (Shift T) as long as the offer is valid. The trade ship selection area, in which you can select any ship from the player squad, now also shows the most important wares currently loaded.

Text filtering in the trade menu:
The trade menu can be sorted and filtered by clicking on the category icons above the ware list. In addition X Rebirth now also has a text filter box in the top right corner of the trade menu. The player can click this box or activate it with the "0" key and then enter any partial string. It is possible to filter not only for the ware name, but also for zone names. Typing a substring like “ener” will not just show wares like energy, but also offers from zones that have the string “ener” in their name.

Trade computer extension:
Now this is where the trade computer extension comes in handy. Install this on your ship (or start the game as Argon Merchant) and you will immediately get ALL available offers from nearby stations.

Trade agents:
You can take this one step further and get an NPC aboard a station to work as a trade agent for you. He or she will now send live updates of all trade offers on that station to you. To hire a trade agent, the player can enter into a smalltalk conversation with NPCs aboard a platform (possible whenever there is a “…” bubble over their head).

Stations with trade agents that send live updates are marked with an “eye” symbol in the zone map.





Discounts and the smalltalk minigame:
Playing the smalltalk mini game successfully is also a good method of unlocking additional discounts on stations. Once the player has mastered the little minigame, the NPC lets him choose one of four possible rewards:

- Station discounts and commissions:
Influential NPCs offer a high discount on all trade offers of a station. The discount (for buying) or commission (for selling) will help greatly in getting better deals and is automatically listed in the trade menu (Shift T).

Station discounts (and commissions) can also be randomly unlocked when scanning a station.

- Info on best person to hire:
(“Ask about: Job applicant”) NPC will give you help to find the best qualified NPC of a category you are interested in. Better managers for example can improve the quality of the production of your station.

- Work as a Trade agent:
(“Ask for: Trade offer updates”) The NPC will send permanent trade offer updates to your ship (see Trade agents above)

- Trader discounts:
A trader can be asked to sell cheaper or pay more when buying.
New HUD menus - Accessing menus faster
Menus have been improved and the access to menus is now faster. In addition there is a new menu mode called “HUD Detail Monitor”.
The HUD Detail Monitor is activated in the game settings menu.









With “HUD Detail Monitor” enabled, all fullscreen menus will now open as windows in the top left corner, and the player no longer turns towards his co-pilot Yisha.

New graphics settings
X Rebirth 2.0 adds graphic quality profiles. You can select a profile anywhere between low and ultra to find the best compromise between good visuals and high performance.



You can customize your settings manually if you select “Custom” as your profile. Only now you can edit all the detailed graphics settings further down in the graphics settings menu.

Easy installation of mods with the Steam Workshop
X Rebirth supports the Steam Workshop. This interface offers players a very easy method of installing mods for the game. In the Steam client click on the Workshop interface for X Rebirth to see a list of available mods sorted by different criteria.





Installation of a mod is as easy as clicking the “Subscribe” button on the page of this mod.
After subscribing, the mod will be listed under “Extensions” from the game menu, where the player can now decide whether to use the mod or uninstall it again.
More information
Download this guide as pdf: DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION[www.egosoft.com]

For more information about X Rebirth, please visit our website www.egosoft.com and join the online community to discuss the game and the world around it.

Forums: http://www.forum.egosoft.com
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28 Comments
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cwsumner Jun 14 @ 7:13pm 
Egosoft X-universe games always start like this. although this was a bit more rough than usual.
The publisher makes them release too early, then they fix it. They continue to make it better gradually until it is more than was promised, and on until the next game comes out and maybe after. And the moders make some amazing stuff, too. You can play these games for years.

Also, don't expect the speed you would get with a simple shooter. This is running the entire universe, all the time, everywhere. Not the video generation, but all of the fights, changes, price balances, etc. Things don't just happen where you are, it is all live. Expect "emergent phenomena".
Short memories about a company that commited fraud against it's customer(s).
Hex Jun 11 @ 6:30am 
screw star citizen, elite:dangerous is coming!

still, will always buy an X game.
Dajose Jun 9 @ 4:48am 
guys guys its soon the day of star citizen!^^
Hellwalker Jun 3 @ 6:49am 
Well XR is my only hope for having a singleplayer freelancer like game^^
I suck at Multiplayer ;P so keep up the work Egosoft ;)

P.S.: Did I saw an Implementation of some mods like NESA?
Does that mean I can uninstall/unsubscribe some?
LuxAndre Jun 2 @ 5:30pm 
I may have to retract my previous review...If Egosoft continues to improve and keep adding new content i will start playing this game again, however, that still doesn't excuse them for releasing a "finished" game in a beta state. If they would have released it as a beta i think that could have made all the difference in the world. Good job Egosoft and keep the improvments coming!
Atrocious Jun 2 @ 6:09am 
Hakan, I play with mods and still get achievements.
Aherys (beginner) Jun 1 @ 5:03am 
Very good !
Hakan May 31 @ 4:27am 
Does using mods effect achievement progress??
death1996 May 30 @ 7:57pm 
thanks
didnt know about the shipping fees or trade manger