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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More news. We aren't dead yet. Really. We're just not moving very fast.

Posted by The_E on Sep 2nd, 2012

Hello there.

First, I have to apologize for not posting updates in a while. As you may have gathered, development has slowed down a bit, as people were forced to concentrate on Real Life instead of modding. Our Glorious Leader Darius has gotten a beautiful daughter, General Battuta decided to concentrate more on his academic and writing career, and I was caught up in RL issues as well.

But fear not, dear fans. We may be going slow, but we are going forward. We are officially able to report that most of R2 is done. While I can not give you a release date, even a tentative one, rest assured that you will get to see more of the story.

Now, there isn't really a lot of other things I can show you, but here are a few things you may be interested to see:

New pictures from development

New pictures from development

As the War moves into its final stages, the battles get bigger and bigger.

New pictures from development

Aesaar's new Chimera model, a beautiful reimagining of the original one. In this case, flying around in an old Age of Aquarius mission

New pictures from development

The SCP team continues to impress, adding new features to make the game even prettier.

Until the next time, this was The E. Hopefully I'll be able to post more news in the future, until then, have a nicely developing day.

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Mularac Sep 2 2012 says:

Ooohh! Update! Sweet! Looking forward to the next release!

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166248 Sep 3 2012 says:

Mozel Tov, Darius!

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mindero Sep 3 2012 says:

Keep it up!
Blue Planet is the AWSOMEST thing happend to freespace universe, I can't wait for the next episode!

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[IBKW]Lucious Sep 3 2012 says:

looking good guys keep up the good work.

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na1346026139 Dec 6 2012 says:

I donated 50 bucks to u guys on paypal, I'm glad to see it was well spent

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The_E Dec 7 2012 replied:


Where exactly did you donate this money?

While we appreciate the sentiment behind this, and are glad that we were able to create something someone else would be willing to pay for, our stance has always been to neither solicit nor accept donations. The reason for this is that Blue Planet is quite literally built using many, many community contributions that were made available for free; giving each person who in some way contributed to making BP what it is their fair share of any money received is not only impossible, but also a source of difficulties that we'd rather not have.

We feel that if you really really want to give away money for this, then it should go toward the Hard Light Productions hosting fund. This is the best avenue for such things in our opinion, as it not only helps us by keeping the FreeSpace community alive, but also every other person who wishes to make FreeSpace-based games.

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na1346026139 Jan 4 2013 says:

Mr. The_E: I'm somewhat disturbed by your question as to where i donated that money, but I am (hopefully) not so tech-illiterate to make such an obvious mistake. Sadly, I made the donation many months ago and can't remember where. I suspect that I may have donated the money to Hard-Light thinking it was you who would receive it (likely cause one of your friends mentioned it on a forum). If so, then great. But I would never use a credit card unless I trusted the source. Regardless, even if, it would not matter. It's the thought that counts :)

Keep up the good work


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