Tuesday, December 3, 2013

X Rebirth: Beta Patches

X Rebirth is suffering from its share of bugs.  Most new games do, but XR seems to have more than its fair share.  For example, trading.  Trading is an integral part of the game universe, but it is on the buggy side at the moment.  This has far reaching effects, including plot progression and trade empire building.

In response, the developers have started a beta patch program.  Players can get in development patches rather than wait for the fix.  This is a pretty positive change.  It gets EgoSoft more feedback and test support, and it gives anxious players something to chew on.

For all of the details, head on over to the beta forum:  http://forum.egosoft.com/viewforum.php?f=141

To enable the beta version, open up Steam.  Go to Library, find X Rebirth, right click on it, choose properties.  Then you choose the beta tab and enter in: IBackedUpMySaves  Then opt in!  You should be all set.  To turn it off, set the Opt In to None. Fair warning though, these patches may not be stable, so don't expect too much.

In an ideal world, there would be no need to leverage the community for patch testing.  In this case though, I am pretty happy to see them take this step.  I'll be watching it closely :)