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X3: Terran Conflict

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X3: Terran Conflict
X3: Terran Conflict cover
Developers
Egosoft
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Publishers
Deep Silver
Interactive Gaming Software
OS X Virtual Programming
Engines
X³ Reality Engine
Release dates
Windows October 16, 2008
macOS (OS X) October 5, 2009
Linux July 1, 2013
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Vehicle simulator, Business
Vehicles Space flight
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series X
X3: Terran Conflict on HowLongToBeat
X3: Terran Conflict on MobyGames
X3: Terran Conflict on Wikipedia
X
X: Beyond the Frontier 1999
X-Tension 2000
X2: The Threat 2003
X3: Reunion 2005
X3: Terran Conflict 2008
X Rebirth 2013
X Rebirth VR Edition 2017
X4: Foundations 2018

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information

Official Forums
Official Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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TAGES DRM (removed in Patch 2.5).[1]
The Aldrin Missions release uses TAGES Solidshield DRM.
Gold Edition is DRM-free.
Albion Prelude requires Steam.
Windows
GamersGate
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Terran War Package also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Albion Prelude and Farnham's Legacy.
Windows
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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X3: Albion Prelude. Sold as a standalone app.
macOS (OS X)

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Albion Prelude Also received a boxed standalone release.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Albion Prelude Bonus Package Free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Terran Conflict Bonus Package Free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Farnham's Legacy Requires Albion Prelude.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip Intro[citation needed]
  1. Add /skipintro to launch options to disable the intro video.
  2. The option /noabout skips the launcher and starts the game directly.

Patches

Patches are available.

Remove menu background

Remove menu background[citation needed]
  1. To improve loading times, this mod replaces the default menu background with a simple star field.

Game data

Launcher general settings.
Launcher general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\EGOSOFT\X3TC
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/EgoSoft/X3TC/config.yaml
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/EgoSoft/X3AP/config.yaml
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/EgoSoft/X3FL/config.yaml
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EgoSoft\X3TC\save\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\EgoSoft\X3AP\save\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Egosoft/X3TC/save/
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/EgoSoft/X3AP/save/
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/EgoSoft/X3FL/save/

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
[2]

Video

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions, edit the res.dat file.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Configurable from 70° to 90°.
Windowed
Only certain resolutions configurable (same as for fullscreen). AA is disabled in windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Added in patch 3.4 (Terran Conflict) and 3.3 (Albion Prelude)
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only available in fullscreen mode.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
Launcher control settings.
Launcher control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music, voice.
Surround sound
6 channel support requires DirectSound3D[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2,[4] EAX 4[5]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Official localization by Noviy Disk.
Russian
Fan translation by Elite-Games.ru
Spanish

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod to improve 3D support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
Devices
TrackIR
Albion Prelude only.

Issues fixed

Game crash to desktop

ffdshow, a DirectShow codec which can be installed as a standalone codec or alongside other DirectShow codecs in a codec pack, can cause a CTD (Crash to Desktop). To correct this, the game's executable needs to be added to ffdshow's blacklist. To do so:
Add the game to ffdshow blacklist[6]
  1. Open ffdshow's configuration utility.
  2. In the DirectShow control tab, there's a section called "Don't use ffdshow in:". Make sure the adjacent box is checked.
  3. To the right of the checkbox is a button which says "Edit...". Click on it.
  4. Add x3tc.exe to the list of blacklisted executables.

Notes

In certain versions of ffdshow, there is no "Edit..." button to the right of the "Don't use ffdshow in:" checkbox; instead, there is only a text box containing all the blacklisted executables. In this case, manually type in x3tc.exe into the box, ensuring a semicolon is added immediately after the last executable in the list (before adding x3tc.exe).

Alt-Tab behavior

It may not be possible to re-enter the game after alt-tabbing out due to the "Run game in background" setting in the Gameplay Options menu being set to "No" by default. To correct this:
Enable "Run game in background" in Gameplay Options[citation needed]
  1. While in-game, hover over the Options button.
  2. From the menu which appears, select Gameplay.
  3. From the window which appears, set "Run game in background" to "Yes".
  4. Exit the window and resume gameplay as normal.

Linux issues

Instructions[citation needed]
For documentation and discussion of issues with the Linux ports of Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude, refer to this thread on the official EgoSoft forums.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 1.1, 3 [citation needed]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Linux

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-2620M
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-2620M
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Mesa 9.0
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible


References