X³: Reunion 2.5 Beta Officially Launched on Steam for Linux

The players have been asked to test the Beta version and submit their feedback

By Silviu Stahie on January 29th, 2013 09:15 GMT

X³: Reunion, one the most complex and action-oriented space simulations ever created, was officially launched on Steam for Linux, in its Beta form.

X³: Reunion is developed by EGOSOFT and as the name implies, this is not the first release for the developers. They are actually doing this for a long time and X²: The Threat, their previous enterprise, was also ported on Linux.

The game was actually ported a few years back by Linux Game Publishing, but they lacked the proper distributing channels and X³ had a limited impact in the Linux community.

With the impending rise of Steam for Linux, EGOSOFT has taken the obvious step and has released a beta for Linux, for their 2.5 version. Given the fact that the game is already ported, most of the work has already been done.

In any case, X³: Reunion is now live on Steam for Linux and the developers have already fixed a number of problems:

• A bug which causes the mouse scroll wheel to bleed into other mouse buttons has been fixed;
• The joystick selection/disabling in input config dialog has been fixed and some obsolete options (those are configurable in-game) have been removed;
• Redirected stderr to stdout to hopefully avoid huge logs. All the players should check their ~/.xsession-errors files and delete them if they are huge;
• The input printfs has been removed;
• A crash which occurred when meeting Tony Marani in Farnhams Legend has been fixed;
• The config dialog has received some improvements.

Also, EGOSOFT warned user about users running open-source drivers without support for texture compression (red, green, and blue stripes).

“If you have an AMD/ATI or NVIDIA graphics card you can install the proprietary drivers which should also result in improved performance. If you are running Intel graphics or wish to use open-source drivers you will have to install libtxc-dxtn,” stated the official announcement.

More details about X³: Reunion can be found on the official forum thread. You can also check out the Steam website, if you're interested in game.
X³: Reunion main screen
   X³: Reunion main screen