EGOSOFT has announced that the Birth of Light expansion and the 4.0 update will be launched for their spaceship sim X Rebirth this coming February 2016. Preorders for the expansion are now available as well.
The House of Light expansion promises to add three entire new systems, which includes the Home of Light, a location that had previously appeared in the X3 games. The expansion adds "a massive new economy", including trade stations, which allow players to warehouse any number of goods. Players can attempt to manipulate the market by hoarding a certain product for themselves.
Meanwhile, the 4.0 update makes trading less frustrating by adding a deal finder as well as graphs that allow the player to find the best buyers and sellers of various goods. The update also adds new weapons and tech, including a new jump drive that will make hopping from system to system faster. Both the expansion and the update will add new enemies and secrets to explore.
X Rebirth was a disaster when it first launched two years ago, receiving a 4.0/10 score in GameWatcher's, but the constant updates by EGOSOFT have improved the game so that it's at the very least playable now, and there are many player mods that have certainly helped make the game more fun.