Granted, I'd be hard pressed to list many of this year's hardcore space sim contenders, but the newly revealed X Rebirth—the latest in Egosoft's 12-year-old X series—is going to have a hard time being visually out-sexed. This is a gorgeous game.

Publisher Deep Silver labels X Rebirth "a fresh beginning" for the series, one that will try to appeal to new fans while also offering the depth X space sim fans demand. Specifically, Deep Silver and Egosoft promise "action-packed space combat, detailed trading mechanics and high-speed space exploration with fast travel," if that sounds like your cup of space tea.

X Rebirth is due in the fourth quarter of this year for PCs.

Check out the debut trailer and first screen shots in the gallery above, see if this X appeals to you, whether you're a new fan or old.