Deep Silver has revealed a publishing agreement with Egosoft for the retail release of X³: Albion Prelude. Set for release on 15th December 2011, the PC and Mac versions of X³: Albion Prelude, a new challenge in the X³ series, building up toward the launch of the all-new X Rebirth coming in 2012.
X³: Albion Prelude takes place in a time between the old and the new X Universe. It shows a universe in flux, and prepares players for things to come. The old X Universe is passing; a new X Universe is about to be created.
The X universe is undergoing a period of massive change. What started as a conflict of interest between the Earth and the races of the X universe has now escalated into a full scale war. Players will take on a role in a war scenario bigger than anything the X universe has ever seen before.
With the war as a backdrop, corporations are vying for power and are driving the X universe in a new direction. A technological breakthrough will soon allow massive accelerators, forming highways in space and allowing the economy to expand in an unprecedented scale. Highways, a key feature of X Rebirth, are not yet ready, but you can see them being built and participate in the power struggles around the construction of much larger self sustaining economies.
X³: Albion Prelude will be available December 15th on Steam for direct download in English, German, and French languages (voice) and Italian (text only). If you buy the X: Superbox, or already own it, X³: Albion Prelude will be available as a free download via Steam. Following the Steam version of X³: Albion Prelude Deep Silver will also release a special new retail edition with additional content in Q1 2012, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the X universe.