Eighteen years have passed since FreeSpace 2 and the destruction of Capella, and the shattered colonies of man are finally ready to re-open the jump node to Earth. As the Alliance teeters on the verge of total social collapse, the Security Council deploys the elite 14th Battlegroup to re-establish contact with Earth, and young pilot Samuel Bei finds himself once more under his estranged father's command. Age of Aquarius describes the journey of the 14th Battlegroup as its mission to the Blue Planet goes shockingly wrong. War in Heaven takes place eighteen months after the events of Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius and details the final stages of the civil war between Sol and the rest of her colonies: a war without good or evil, only shades of gray. Built at the cutting edge of the FreeSpace Open engine, Blue Planet is a fan-made conclusion to the FreeSpace saga, a story of sacrifice, triumph, and destiny, and one of the most beloved FreeSpace mods of all time.

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Blue Planet is a fan-made FreeSpace story, set 18 years after the events of FreeSpace 2. Featuring epic missions, full voice acting, in-engine cutscenes, a custom AI, a new species, new warships and fighters, and thousands of words of new fiction, Blue Planet is one of the most acclaimed FreeSpace campaigns ever made. Age of Aquarius is the first chapter of the saga. A working copy of FreeSpace 2 and FreeSpace Open 3.6.12, including an Inferno build, are required. Installation instructions are below the cut.

A working copy of FreeSpace 2 is required. You can get one for $6, DRM-free, from GoodOldGames.com.

Installation instructions:

1. Download the installer, point it at your FreeSpace 2 install directory, and let it run

2. Select the blueplanet folder as a mod using the FreeSpace Open Launcher. You will need to use the FSOpen builds provided with the download, and the MediaVPs graphical upgrades. You can use the FreeSpace Open Installer to install FreeSpace Open and the MediaVPs. Select the 3_6_17_BP build using the Launcher's 'browse' button.

3. IMPORTANT: Complete the checklist on the installation page to ensure that your install is complete and error-free.

4. Once in-game, make sure you have selected Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius in the Campaign Room.

If you encounter any errors, please post a troubleshooting request on our forums immediately. Blue Planet has been tested exhaustively on multiple computer systems, so if you have an issue, we can probably fix it right away.

Two additional VP files enabling advanced graphical features are also available here. Place these in your /FreeSpace2/blueplanet directory.

Thank you for playing, and enjoy!

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RogerRamjet Apr 17 2010 says:

Cool.. glad I spotted this.. Downloading now.. thanks for the hard work...

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GeneralBattuta Author
GeneralBattuta Apr 17 2010 replied:

Awesome! Hope you enjoy. If you have any trouble getting it working, let us know. Blue Planet is bug-free but the FreeSpace Open install process can be a bit confusing sometimes.

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Tallon_hunteR Apr 19 2010 replied:

will this work with 3.6.12? and what is "inferno build"

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The_E Creator
The_E Apr 19 2010 replied:

Yes, this will work on .12 without a hitch. An Inferno build is a special engine build with more slots for ships and weapons, which will become the standard build in FSO 3.7 and onwards. Get it from the release post at HLP: Hard-light.net

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Deeparth May 23 2010 says:

Amazing mod exept i keep getting messages that a few classes of ships was not found.
I used the special FSO by turey.

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The_E Creator
The_E May 26 2010 replied:

You need to use an INFERNO build of the engine. Get them via Turey's, or here: Hard-light.net

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GeneralBattuta Jun 6 2010 replied:

Always be sure to read the installation instructions!

Soon all builds will be Inferno builds and you won't need to worry about this any more. It will be a good day.

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Deeparth Jun 29 2010 says:

If i use inferno build, then many other mods will not work.
How do i solve that?

How do i finish mission in wich 2 waves of shivan Battle cruisers attack and unknown ships help destroy the second wave. I am not able to destroy the second wave.

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GeneralBattuta Jun 30 2010 replied:

Incorrect. Using an Inferno build will not cause problems with any other mod. Inferno builds work exactly as normal builds do, but with several expanded engine limitations. The only issue is that you can't transfer your old pilot files to an Inferno build.

You could play any mod released on an Inferno build with no problems.

Try playing the mission in question with an Inferno build. See if it works.

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Jdc19 Jul 11 2010 says:

i am a bit of an idiot and get confused easily when it comes to computers. this is one of my favorite games, and i would love to play this. WOULD someone please help me install it.

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GeneralBattuta Jul 15 2010 replied:

Sure thing.

Step 1. Install FreeSpace2. If you don't have a copy, buy one for $6 from GoodOldGames.com

Step 2. Install FreeSpace Open. You can do that here: Fsoinstaller.com Make sure to download all the files marked 'Blue Planet' in the installer.

Step 3. You're almost ready to go. Download a special Inferno SSE2 build here: Hard-light.net Unzip the file to your /FreeSpace2/ folder, then select the build ending in -r or -release using the 'Browse' button in the FreeSpace Open Launcher.

Step 4. Enable all the options under the 'graphics' tab in the launcher except 'enable mipmapping' and 'disable scale window to movies.' Go to the 'gameplay' tab and enable, at the very least, 'Use 3D Ship Selection' and 'Use 3D weapon selection'.

Step 5. Go to the 'mod' tab. Select 'Blue Planet'.

Step 6: Enjoy! If you have any problems, report them on Hard Light Productions, Blue Planet forum.

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Jdc19 Jul 18 2010 replied:

thank you so much

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GeneralBattuta Jul 18 2010 replied:

Did everything work okay?

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Jdc19 Aug 8 2010 says:

actually no. I'm going to reinstall FS2 and redownload it all over again. i really want to play it. If this doesnt work what should i do?

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Jdc19 Aug 9 2010 says:

this may be a stupid question. but is there any specified place I need to install the mod?

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The_E Creator
The_E Aug 9 2010 replied:

Read the release post carefully. It explains exactly what to do with the files. There is a handy checklist found here: Hard-light.net

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shermanator Nov 16 2010 says:

Is there a version of this for mac, and if so where and how can I get it? I already have Freespace 2 and the inferno.

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GeneralBattuta Nov 17 2010 replied:

Yes, this will run perfectly fine on Mac. Just install it as a mod in your /FreeSpace 2/ directory, along with the 3.6.12 MediaVPs, a 3.6.12 Inferno SSE2 executable, and the original Blue Planet.

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Dysfunkto Dec 14 2010 says:

1. This looks amazing (and I've read great things, too)!

2. I'm not completely sure how to get the Freespace Open Installer to work. I'm selecting the directory that FS2 is in, but then it says a "config file could not be downloaded". Should I proceed anyway? Does this have something to do with me having downloaded FS2 from GoG.com and it therefore being located in that folder?


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GeneralBattuta Author
GeneralBattuta Dec 19 2010 replied:

Try moving your FreeSpace 2 install to C:\Games\FreeSpace2. Any luck?

If not you can do a manual install by the instructions on the forum - but I believe the Installer should work. Sign up and HLP account and we can give you further help there.

(It's worth it!)

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Syre_Lancaster Feb 10 2011 says:

My friends I am glad you continued on the tradition of Freespace. It was the best scifi space series that has ever been made. I was sad to see V never continued it.
But I'm glad you did.

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lambda79 Apr 25 2011 says:

ok, not too sure if I've done something daft, but for some reason, both Age of Aquarius and War in Heaven work fine... apart from the fact that glide just doesn't seem to want to work. I've bound a key to 'glide when pressed' and know that you can't glide whilst flying original FS2 campaigns. However I know you should be able to in AoA, but nothing happens when I try.

Anyone with any ideas?!?

Other than this issue, I have to say that I think Blue Planet is astounding! The effort and skill that has gone into this project is massively appreciated. Thanks for keeping FS2 alive :)


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GeneralBattuta Apr 25 2011 replied:

Hello Lambda, sorry for the delay.

There was at one time a special glide feature pack for AoA. See if you can track it down on hard light.

Glad you enjoyed it!

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lambda79 Apr 26 2011 replied:

Hiya, thanks for the reply

Yeah I've seen one out there, but thought that glide came with Blue Planet as standard, and that I'd somehow done something stupid, like like not checked a blindingly obvious checkbox somewhere! :)

Thanks again :)

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GeneralBattuta Author
GeneralBattuta Apr 27 2011 replied:

It might take a little work to get set up. Post on HLP if you need any help.

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deltapanda Aug 6 2011 says:

um i need some help i keep getting a error message saying im missing OpenAL32.dll can any one please help

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GeneralBattuta Jan 20 2012 replied:

Download and install OpenAL, you can find it by googling.

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0PT1CZ Mar 5 2014 says:

Hey there...

I have got some problems with the installation :'(
Because i dont know, where i can download that: "fs2_open_3_6_17_SSE2_BP.exe"

I only have
and the normal freespace2 open file.

I am just too stupid to understand that -.-

Can anyone help me please?
I have got all MediaVPs_3612 for the normal game, but... I am too stupid for that installation...

I like to play this game :(

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0PT1CZ Mar 5 2014 says:

Okay sorry i know now, how to make that^^

But i cant play the Game :(

I start the launcher with fs2_open_3_6_17_SSE2_BP.exe, but i can only play the normal fs2 campaign... I have all mediavps_3612 installed and selected as mod, but i simply cant play AoA...

Can anyone help me?
What files (except of the Game itself) i need to play and in which folder i have to copy them?

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