Some of you may or may not recall an epic space simulation called Freelancer. Released in 2003 and developed by the same guy making Star Citizen (supposedly the game he wanted Freelancer to be) Chris Roberts. It was eventually abandoned by Microsoft after their purchase of Digital Anvil and tossed to the curb (being as how Microsoft had much more pressing matters like buying companies and closing them down). It is well over a decade old but since it’s release into ‘abandonware‘ it has been lovingly cared for and updated via it’s online community.
After reminiscing with fellow clan members about how much fun we had playing this game, we decided to take a look into just what was out there and whether or not we could host a server for it.
We doggedly stuck to this dream & with a heck of a lot of research, decided to settle on Discovery mod. Oddly, most of the other available mods were only playable if you played on the developers hosted server (no option for running a server yourself) and after play testing Discovery it was deemed the best for our purposes.
Even more daunting was the actual setting up of the server. Not going into detail here but suffice it to say it was no easy task and a huge pain the arse. Ultimately though, we did it!
How can you play with us?
Just follow these 3 easy steps.
1st) Get Freelancer. There are plenty of ways to secure this game none of which I can mention here but you are all fairly internet savvy. Use your imagination, find it, download it and install it.
2nd) After installing Freelancer, download and install Discovery mod here…
..::Discovery Mod Download::..
Because Microsoft threw this game out with their garbage, so too did the global server listings disappear but thankfully, you can force it to see a particular server by editing the command/target line of the shortcut.
3rd) add: -subercrue.ddns.net:2302
to the command/target line of your Discovery .exe shortcut (a.k.a. you’ll have to make a shortcut if you don’t have one, then right click, go to properties and add the above line after the “).
Your target/command line should look something like this when you’re done:
“C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Discovery Freelancer 4.87.0\EXE\Freelancer.exe” -subercrue.ddns.net:2302
Now next time you run your game (a.k.a.via the Discovery Freelancer shortcut with the modified command/target line) you should see our server in the main listing…
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The changes, updates and features added with Discovery mod are to numerous to list on this page but here is a brief summary…
Per the their wiki ‘overview’, ” The award-winning Discovery modification was designed as a full-scale expansion pack for Freelancer. It breathes new life into the familiar PC game by adding lots of new features without taking away the atmosphere and balance of the original. Discovery allows players to develop and explore far beyond the reaches of un-modded Freelancer, both in multiplayer and in singleplayer modes. The modification adds 97 new systems, 255 new ships, hundreds of new weapons, equipment and commodities, new factions and NPC encounters, its own storyline, and much more – everything seamlessly integrated into Freelancer universe.”
Plus ‘pimp’ your ship, player owned bases, jump drives & view distance limitations are expanded.
We are working on a more relevant wiki which will be forthcoming. The one we are about to link you to is out of date & verified so by our own diligence.
For now, the most “current” information can be found here…
..::Discovery Mod Wiki::..
Below is our server monitor…