Overview

Discovery Freelancer expands on the original Freelancer storyline by rebalancing the game to, as close as possible, suit a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing experience, adding many new technical features and game content, as well as developments in existing story arcs and lore.

Players are invited to immerse themselves in the roleplay environment and frame their created characters from scheming mercenaries in light fighters, to admirals of huge capital ships, build their own in-game bases and factories for equipment such as cloaks and jump drives, dock and launch from other players’ carriers, and introduce themselves to both new and old factions in populated or unpopulated corners of space.

The Mod has been continuously enlarged and refined by dedicated lore developers, 3D model designers, system creators, and plugin coders since 2005 (latest update March 2017). The unique mixture of space exploration, role playing, entrepreneurship, player community, and captivating combat action has gotten thousands of Discovery Freelancer players embarked in years of space adventures.


4.88 continues on with the Gallic expansion into Sirius; the invasion of Magellan has begun at an attempt to cut off the supply lines to Bretonia from Liberty. Gallia hopes this gamble will pay off even though it stretches their forces and opens up another front. Along with this, the mod looks towards the Omicrons and the war of influence over the Wild West of Sirius. With the presence of Nomads this formula could get messy. Kusari has begun its descent into civil-war with all three sides stocking up on weapons and men. When will the balloon pop?

However there are more changes to this version of the mod than just juicy battle zones. System layout has been worked on as well. Some systems around Sirius have been removed to try and increase encounters between players. Gallia has been shrunk along and guard systems such as Salisbury have been removed. The stations in these systems, if important, have been moved to other locations. The Devs have also altered routes between systems, mainly in the Omicrons which now has a more direct path through from Gamma to Alpha.

Discovery boasts an interactive community that works together and is supported by itself. Features are designed for the player to make playing Freelancer a smoother experience. Custom plugins and content are added each update.

Join us online on the official Discovery Freelancer RP 24/7 server or a number of player hosted servers, or take to the forums and read up on announcements or stick around and chat!

Useful Links:

Discovery Gaming Community Website

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Discovery Freelancer 4.89 FINAL

Battlecruisers, Superheaves, Codenames and More



November has arrived and with it, the last update to the mod version 4.89 before we move on to 4.90. Many fixes and contributions have been added to the mod over the roughly 20 content patches for this version and they have been successfully merged with the current version of the Discovery Launcher, allowing players to download the current mod version without needing to wait for another set of patches to bring their game up to date.

So let us take a look at what is new!

1. The Returning Player Care Package


The Veteran Care Package was mentioned in our previous articles already and we are glad to say that it has given returning players the much needed boost without tying themselves to player-given-loans if they happen to not stick around for long. As of time of writing this article, more than 80 players have been handed out the package and the program is deemed a success. We are hoping that this number is going to keep rising as time goes on.

2. Battlecruiser Rework


The Battlecruiser as a shipclass has always been an oddity in Discovery Freelancer. With every single capital ship weapon rework, the shipclass suffered many changes due to its usage of both Cruiser and Battleship grade weaponry which most of the time implied two completely varying engagement distances.

4.89 Final brings us to the logical conclusion to finally separate the Battlecruiser class from these issues by giving them a completely unique set of weapons, usable only on this class of ship. The change has also tweaked their balance in a way that they are much more dangerous foe for Cruiser pilots, who will quickly find out that their weapons are hard to dodge at close range. At the same time, however, their long-range capabilities have been diminished somewhat, thus making them worse against larger warships. More fine-tweaks will be implemented as time goes on, along with a unique set of capital ship missiles and torpedoes for this class.

3. Superheavy Fighters


Similar to battlecruisers, the Superheavy Fighter class has always been an odd duck. The increased size in comparison to the ''standard'' day-to-day ship that is the Very Heavy Fighter within the Discovery Freelancer universe made it near unusable in group fights due to the inability to avoid incoming fire. This has been amended by giving the shipclass their own unique shields. Along with a healthy frontal firepower and large amount of Nanobots and Batteries as well as an above-average cruise speed - hopefully will make the SHF a valid choice for mercenaries and freelancers looking to attack single targets without backup.

4. Nomad MkII ships


The main antagonist of the vanila Freelancer campaign is now more terrifying, and beutiful, as ever. The nomad shipline has been revamped and the long-awaited Nomad MK 2 ships in the form of the Nomad Gunboat, Nomad Gunship, Nomad Cruiser and Marduk are now publicly available for purchase.

Note: The ships are currently priced at 1 credit and only buyable by players who have the ''old'' model of the ship. This ability to ''swap'' the old to the new ship will be available for two weeks, after which the old ships will be removed and the new ships will be assigned a normal sell price.

5. PVE element and new Codename Weapons obtainable from NPCs


New PVE content has been added in the form of CODENAME weaponry which, unlike their fighter variants that drop from ''Wrecks'', can be obtained for Capital ships from high-level Missions and Server Events. Some of these CODENAME weapons are novelty items, while some of them are more powerful than their generic and publicly available counterparts. The Development team have expressed their interest in offering more CODENAME items in terms of unique shields and equipment, but did note that the ETA for these items will be somewhere in the upcoming version 4.90.

6. Other Changes


There have been many other changes that improve the game experience for our members. The balance team have decided that the ''Auxilary Weapon Slot'' for fighter ships is a failed concept and has been removed, while rumors circulate about the return of the Sunslayer and Starkiller torpedo launchers, perviously deemed too powerful in certain combinations.

Flhook plugin work is also active with game-centric improvements. Jumpdrives have been adjusted to be more popular and the nomads were given access to this item in their own form.

The Discovery Team would like to congratulate our Developers for putting in effort in creation of new content as well as tweaking the existing one - all in the name of keeping this game from 2003 relevant in 2017. Just like other mods are making the singleplayer experience refined and enjoyable, Discovery Freelancer Mod will make sure that the multiplayer element of Freelancer is not going to go away any time soon either.

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Discovery Freelancer Mod - Q4 2017 Newsletter/Patchlist

Discovery Freelancer Mod - Q4 2017 Newsletter/Patchlist

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It is October 2017 and it is time to look at the progress made over Q3 for the Discovery Freelancer Mod.

Discovery Freelancer 4.89: Goodies for New and Returning players!

Discovery Freelancer 4.89: Goodies for New and Returning players!

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Today we would wish to inform you about our recent changes that will improve the beginning experience for new players. Old and returning players also...

Discovery Freelancer 2017: Version 4.89.1 is now LIVE + Win10 Fix

Discovery Freelancer 2017: Version 4.89.1 is now LIVE + Win10 Fix

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Today we take a look at a brief list of changes that are being implemented with this year's first content patch for the Discovery Freelancer Mod.

Discovery Freelancer 2017: Event Plugin and Event Rewards

Discovery Freelancer 2017: Event Plugin and Event Rewards

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In this update we bring you information about the newly finalized Event Plugin as well as the new rewards it allows to obtain.

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Discovery Freelancer 4.89 FINAL

Discovery Freelancer 4.89 FINAL

Full Version 1 comment

Automatic installer for 4.89 Final Please make sure you have the latest Microsoft .NET version and, if using Windows 10 - have .NET Framework 3.5 and...

Discovery Freelancer 4.89 - Win10 no-launch Fix

Discovery Freelancer 4.89 - Win10 no-launch Fix

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It has been reported by many of our players that they are encountering issues with Windows 10 Home Edition. Please follow this guide to fix the issue...

Discovery Freelancer 4.89.1: Battlegrounds

Discovery Freelancer 4.89.1: Battlegrounds

Full Version 4 comments

Automatic installer for 4.89.1 Please make sure you have the latest NET version and, if using Windows 10 - have .NET Framework 3.5 and Directplay activated...

Discovery Freelancer 4.88.1:  (OUTDATED)

Discovery Freelancer 4.88.1: (OUTDATED)

Full Version

4.88.1 Launcher Install Version .NET FRAMEWORK 4.0 OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED Description: For more information on installation, please visit our Downloads...

Discovery Freelancer 4.88: Conquest (OUTDATED)

Discovery Freelancer 4.88: Conquest (OUTDATED)

Full Version 35 comments

The year is 822 A.S., 21 years after Trent saved humanity and Sirius continues tearing itself apart with various wars. While the conflict between Liberty...

Discovery Freelancer 4.87: Conquest (OUTDATED)

Discovery Freelancer 4.87: Conquest (OUTDATED)

Full Version 66 comments

Discovery mod is a full-scale expansion pack for Freelancer focused on continuing the story started in the vanilla campaign. The mod is used by some of...

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Weppe
Weppe

Is the server down? Haven't been able to start it since last night, and haven't been able to access the mod site/forum either. :(

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Darkamo
Darkamo

I just checked the website , its bacl on track, i can start the game too ;)!

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flighter
flighter

Please delete the last comment.
Only 1 question remain.
I launched the DSlauncher and let it donwnoad files after files but it seems it cannot download a file that is 30,76MB.
Keep telling me to start DSlauncher again but it does not solve anything. Still unable to download it.
What now?

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flighter
flighter

Correcting: the file is 36,76MB

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flighter
flighter

Just installed the game but something not right with it.
It says the version is 87.0? While i installed the 4.89.1 BG. WTF! And i cant connect to MP (cannot see any server on the list!)

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flighter
flighter

i just see it but the 4.89.1 installer that we can download from here is actually installing the 4.88.1 varsion. This installer make no sense. And when i launch the game it displays ver 87.0?
.....
And i cant connect to MP servers.
So i ask this:
What patch should i install to the original game before i install this...and how can i make this mod understand that the version is 89.1 or 4.89.1?

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Azrtheal
Azrtheal

Can this game be played in SP or is it MP integrated into the server? Been playibg since 2003 at 13 and was up until 2013 playing on Rebalance. Rebalance Rc4 went bad since all the new items were replaced with 'IDS?', so im looking for a decent mod to replace it. Hadnt been able to fond a correct fix; Google search came up with nothing. Not to mention i no longer have my original copy; hard to find another when its scarce and people want 50-100$ for it :(

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Azrtheal
Azrtheal

This being the problem with Rebalance right now. The-starport.net

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Exodius097
Exodius097

I think it's stupid to ask but if i want to play this mod i have to be good at roleplaying, right?

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rafael506
rafael506

the mod will add the coalition carrier TEMPEST on SP? i likethe model, but in DISCOVERY 4.88 i've started a new game,
I went to the coalition sector to buy coatilion carrrier,but, i can't locate the ship

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