The X series is back! No, not Mega Man X or the Game Boy tank game X (that one did see a sequel last year, though), but the open-ended space simulation series that began with X: Beyond the Frontier in 1999. Developer Egosoft has announced a new sequel to the PC series, X Rebirth, to be published by Deep Silver in the fourth quarter of this year.

X Rebirth promises the same kind of Elite-style exploration and trading found in the previous games, but with "a whole new user experience." Trading, combat, and exploration ("with fast travel") are all part of the adventure. If that sounds good, you can see more in the trailer after the break.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.