I am Bernd Lehahn, studio director of egosoft. We work on the X space game series since the mid 90s. Titles included X Beyond the Frontier, X2 The Thread and X3: Reunion. The last release was X3: Albion Prelude. For a good 7 years now we are working on our "big new project" X Rebirth to bring space games back into the mainstream and make especially our series more open for new players again. X Rebirth will be released on November 15th for PC. We are based in Germany by the way which is the reason that THIS video from Gamescom released today is in german.
My Proof: https://twitter.com/EGOSOFT
Edit: Wow I am blown away by so much feedback and questions. I try hard to keep up and will try to stay online late into the european night, so you US fans can continue asking, but please allow a short recovery time for my fingers :)
Edit2: OK. Can continue this AMA now from outside the bathtub. Please vote up those questions you find most interesting so I can answer them in more depth. It is impossible for me to answer all postings down to the bottom of the page.
Edit3: Sorry now I finally have to catch some sleep tonight. Feel free to continue posting and I will catch up in the morning. Thanks a lot so far for the overwhelming participations and dedication!
Edit4: After I started answering a bit from my phone I saw so many new questions, that I now logged in with my laptop now.