Spaceships Ahoy - X²: The Threat

The X Homepage (thanks Frans) confirms reports sent along by a couple of readers by announcing that X²: The Threat has shipped to stores, and that Egosoft's space sim sequel is now available in stores in North America and Australia. The game's European release is scheduled for February 6, 2004. The official press release offers more details:
PARKVILLE, Md. (December 1, 2003) – Enlight, a leading entertainment software developer and publisher, announced today the highly anticipated space simulation game X²: The Threat has shipped to retail stores across North America for the holidays.

Under development for two years, X²: The Threat has received numerous praise for its stunning in game graphics and open-ended gameplay. GameSpy said in their preview, "Overall, though, X2 could turn out to be one of the truly great space sims, ready to take its place among the Wing Commanders, Freelancers, and Independence Wars of the genre. The visuals alone may well carry this game to greatness."

In addition to the featuring graphics and in depth gameplay, X²: The Threat exhibits an amazingly open-ended X-universe that is twice the size featured in its predecessor, X: Beyond the Frontier. "The sheer size of the universe and the astounding number of ships to fly, solar systems to visit and commodities to buy blew me away. X2 makes you feel like you're a part of a living, breathing cosmos," said Avault's Dustin Arient in his first look at the epic space simulation.

"Fans of Elite and Privateer have long been awaiting a follow-up title and we are excited to bring them X2: The Threat," said Paul Lombardi, CEO of Enlight Interactive. "With its striking graphics, open-ended gameplay and state-of-the-art engine, X2: The Threat will appeal to both space simulation fans and mass market consumers this holiday season."

Published by Enlight Interactive in North America and Canada, X²: The Threat is available on the Windows PC and is priced at $39.99 (U.S.). For additional information visit