X3: Albion Prelude coming to Steam on December 15th; Deep Silver to publish the retail version

Egosoft announced today a December 15th release of PC and Mac versions of X3: Albion Prelude, a new challenge in the X3 series, building up toward the launch of the all-new X Rebirth coming in 2012. X3: Albion Prelude plays in a time between the old and the new X Universe. It shows a universe in flux, and prepares players for things to come. The old X Universe is passing; a new X Universe is about to be created.
X3: Albion Prelude will feature a new plot that promises to throw you into the power struggle between corporations at a time of war, more than 30 new ships and stations, new Stock Exchange feature allows advanced investment strategies, improved graphics quality setting for high-end machines, improved user interface introducing charts to visualize economic developments and support for head tracking. We should note though that X3: Albion Prelude will not be compatible with save-games from X3: Terran Conflict.
X3: Albion Prelude will be available December 15th on Steam for direct download in English, German, and French languages (voice) and Italian (text only). Following the Steam version of X3: Albion Prelude Deep Silver will also release a special new retail edition with additional content in Q1 2012.
X3:Albion Prelude - Reveal Trailer [HQ]