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 the busiest multiplayer Freelancer servers and has multiplayer features including player owned (and built) bases, jumpdrives, cloaking devices and equipment manufacturing.

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Year is 817 After Settlement (A.S.), 16 years after the single-player campaign of Freelancer, and one year after Discovery 4.84 took place. A Sirius-wide war is on the brink of engulfing the sector. While Kusari pushes its onslaught against Bretonia deep into the Leeds system, Bretonia attempts to surround Kusari forces in Tau-31. Liberty attacks Rheinland in Bremen and Hudson, and Rheinland has to pull back to defend its own borders. As if this was not enough, in late 817 the Independent Miners Guild encountered a large number unknown ships in the Orkney system. The ships belonged to a rebel group formed within the long-lost House of Gallia, the existence of which remained unknown for centuries; creation of a path into Gallia adds a new, powerful, player to the scene. Rumors arise that the nation of France was betrayed during the Exodus, making historians and politicians of various Houses search deep into archives to find out what truly happened more than 1000 years ago in Sol.


- Download and save it anywhere on your PC.
- Install Freelancer Mod Manager (FLMM) v1.31 if you haven't already - you can download FLMM from this page, Useful Goodies section.
- Double-click and wait until it unpacks. If .flmod extension is not identified, choose FLMM manually to open the file.
- After unpacking is complete, select Discovery 4.85 in FLMM mod browser, press "Activate", and choose setup options you prefer (it's safe to leave default values). DO NOT enable ENBSeries mod unless you are sure that you have a powerful system that supports it.
- Launch Freelancer and enjoy playing in single or multi-player mode!

List of new features in Discovery 4.85:

New Content:
- 79 brand new player-flyable ships with custom models;
- About 30 previously added ships received new, custom-designed models;
- 11 new systems in 4.85: Languedoc, Dauphine, Burgundy, Champagne, Lorraine (Gallia); Pennsylvania, Kansas, Ellesmere (Liberty); Tau-39 (Border Worlds); Omicron-81 (Hispania); Unknown system (Nomad Worlds).
- About 30 existing systems received significant updates in 4.85, including Alaska, Alberta, Baffin, Bremen, Cassini, Coronado, Dundee, Frankfurt, Illinois, Londonderry, Minnesota, Munich, Okinawa, Omega-52, Omega-54, Omega-56, Omega-58, Omicron-80, Omicron-91, Omicron-94, Omicron-99, Omicron Iota, Ontario, Orkney, Tau-42, Tau-45, Vespucci;
- 11 new factions, most with their own NPCs and ship lines: Gallic Royal Navy, Gallic Royal Police, Council, Gallic Metal Service, EFL Oil & Machinery, IDF Shipping, Maquis, Unione Corse, Gallic Brigands, The Coalition, Colonial Remnant;
- Over 100 new weapons introduced, many of them having custom models and effects;
- 46 new commodities introduced, with multiple new trade routes;
- 53 new role-playing IDs introduced;
- Customized NPCs on many new bases, NPCs in Gallia have newly designed costumes;
- About 7,000 infocard texts added or rewritten for 4.85, including lengthy news texts and descriptions.
- Revised and detailed Readme.txt and other mod documentation, added the new Discovery system map.
- Included the Discovery automatic updater with an integrated list of Discovery multiplayer servers.

- Introduction of a new house: Gallia, with its own lawful and unlawful factions, and 5 densely populated systems with over 40 bases to explore.
- Fully formulated history of the new House which is embedded in the ongoing and dynamic discovery chronology/history, including rumors on new and old bases, faction adjustments, political adjustments and behaviour of interacting factions;
- Dynamical adjustments concerning the war between Kusari and Bretonia;
- Political adjustments concerning Rheinland and Liberty;
- Many detailed news items present on all bases to reflect storyline developments.

Revised Gameplay:
- Adjustments to NPC AI and repair abilities;
- Rebalanced NPC loadouts and difficulty;
- New NPC behaviour that allows friendly fire (CDs do not cause instant aggression from allied NPCs anymore);
- New wrecks and lore;
- New NPC mission difficulties to reflect a better adjusted difficulty level and to provide more challenges to even high ranks;
- Changed reputation relations between various factions to ensure smooth player reputation development.

- Unique and accurate hitboxes (collision & weapon fire hits) for almost all the ships, old and new;
- Fully revised fighter and bomber weapons along with new weapons for these classes;
- Fully revised capital ship rebalanced based on player specifications;
- Rebalanced weaponry for all ship classes;
- Revised special weapons on capital ships (ship to ship torpedoes, flak cannons);
- Rebalanced damage on explosives;
- Rebalanced vulnerability of all ships to achieve equal vulnerability across old and custom ships;
- Revised equipment (CMs, CDs, Mines, etc.) along with durability, efficiency and functions;
- Revamped capital ship patrols are now more appropriately balanced towards their supposed power.

Enhanced Trade System:
- Enhanced commodity system with many new items based on the House economy as well as role-play demands;
- Fully revised and rebalanced trade route system based on logical offer and demand as well as logical placements of commodities;
- Adjustments on profit, danger, flight time, political changes to reflect a complex economy;
- Graphically enhanced commodity icons for a better differentiation.

Graphical Enhancements:
- New weapon projectile and weapon impact effects;
- Large and detailed explosions for ships;
- New custom models for guns, turrets, and other equipment;
- Optional ENB mod that enables bloom (please read documentation and DO NOT enable it unless you are sure what you are doing).
*FLMM is unable to remove ENB mod during de-activation. You will have to remove d3d8.dll from the freelancer/EXE folder manually.

Testing, Bug Fixing, Performance:
- Fixed a number of bugs remaining from the last release;
- During 9 months of internal testing and 3 months of public testing, fixed multiple bugs related to new features;
- Thoroughly tested balance for both old and new ships and equipment;
- Ensured maximum clientside and serverside performance, fixed multiple graphic-related issues.

Before you start:

- Discovery updater is now integrated with Freelancer.exe file. Do not use DSUpdate.exe to launch the game, use Freelancer.exe instead. For online play, your firewall needs to be configured to allow Freelancer.exe to access serverside updater files.
- Using custom shortcuts, Global Server Workaround and other ways to connect to servers is no longer necessary. All Discovery server addresses are stored in dsupdate.cfg file found in Freelancer\EXE folder. You can easily add new servers to this file.
- FLMM is unable to remove ENB Bloom mod during de-activation if it was enabled. You will have to remove d3d8.dll from the Freelancer/EXE folder manually. By default, ENB option is disabled; please do not enable it if you are not sure what you are doing.
- It is not recommended to install any other mods or patches prior to and after Discovery activation. 1.1 official patch is included into the mod.
- If Discovery won't activate properly in FLMM, your Freelancer installation is most probably corrupt. Reinstall Freelancer, and FLMM, if necessary.
- Open SP is now always enabled, Campaign SP has been removed for compatibility reasons. Attempts to load campaign save files will result in errors.
- Setting up serverside mod options works only if you run the server. If you do not, these options will have no effect; please leave them default.
- Do not forget to transfer internal equipment (ID and scanner) each time when you buy a new ship.
- ID items present in Discovery act as tractor beams. Civilian IDs are available for purchase from every base (500 credits).
- If your large ship gets stuck while undocking from certain space stations, try moving backward and strafing, use thruster, or log off and on again.
- If you are automatically kicked from multiplayer servers, check your ship loadout for equipment that's no longe mountable on this ship.
- Make sure your cruise speed never exceeds 350 (Discovery limit). If it does, reinstall the mod.
- Refer to Readme.txt file if you need help and more information. Read server rules if you play on multiplayer servers. And, last but not least, enjoy the game!

Navigation map can be viewed here:

More information...

Please refer to this Readme, visit Discovery forums at, Discovery website at and Discovery Wiki at for more details.

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chaosmaster4 Jun 10 2009 says:

Finaly, i have been waiting for version 4.85 for a long time...

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chaosmaster4 Jun 10 2009 replied:

hey guys? im not sure if its my pcs fault but ver 4.85 keeps crashing by me when i choose single or multiplayer

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Igiss Author
Igiss Jun 10 2009 replied:

You need to check your installation. No one else reported such problems.

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chaosmaster4 Jun 10 2009 replied:

would it have something to do with the effect Mod that was included?

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chaosmaster4 Jun 10 2009 replied:

yep was the mod, i deactivated it and now discovery ver 4.85 works without any problems ^^

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Igiss Author
Igiss Jun 10 2009 replied:

That's why we are not recommending to activate the ENB thing if you aren't sure if it will work on your system. Will update download description shortly.

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armygruntjoe Jul 28 2009 replied:

Since I'm not really up on this mod stuff, I don't understand HOW to install this mod. I love the game and would like to try something new. Can anyone give me some detailed instructions on how to do this? I already have the FLMM thing that manages mods for this game. It took four days to download this mod from a crappy connection in Afghanistan, so any help from some of you guru guys would really be appreciated.

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kratos23 Oct 25 2009 replied:

what version of mod manager should i use for 4.85?

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rarndtjr Jan 3 2010 replied:

Not True.
I've been having a similar problem as Chaosmaster4, however when I downloaded the 485 Mod, I only got a zip file and not a .zip.flmod file and so I manually uncompressed and copied the mod to FLMM mods folder and activated and each time I attempted to run FL 4.85 I encountered an Access Violation 0xc0000005.

This happened on two platforms (different download sessions) Win XP SP3 and Vista SP1 (both x86).

I'm attempting to download the file again from another location

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rarndtjr Jan 3 2010 replied:

OK, I figured it out. My Bad.

I didn't realize that 485 Update 3 was only a patch. I thought it was the Base Plus Patch #3.

Be sure to download Discovery 485 Base code (
Example - Download from: (to be added after 7 days)

[Windows XP]
- To install (double-click)the file which will extract the zip file to the mods folder of FLMM directory.

[Windows Vista]
- Download and Rename the file to "" and extract the files to a desired location.
- Create a folder named "Discovery485"
- Copy all of the recently extracted files from to the newly created Discovery485 folder.
- Copy the Discovery485 folder to the FLMM mods folder.
Example: C:\Program Files\Freelancer Mod Manager\mods
Note: The mods folder should now contain the folder "Discovery485" (along with other mod folders)

[Activating the Discovery v4.85 Mod]
- Run the FLMM application and Activate the "Discovery Mod v4.85"
- When complete (and successful), Run FL from the Start Menu.

[Update to Discovery 4.85 (Patch) 3]
- After Running FL from the Start Meny, when prompted if you want to download and install the Update 3 patch, select Yes to complete the update process.

[Play Freelancer]
- Run FL (again) from the Start Menu and Play the game as normal.

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bolens Jul 10 2010 replied:

hi i just dl the freelancer and my version is 1.0 and how to play the multyplayer???what need to download ???

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-XIII- Jun 12 2009 says:

Anybody is chinese? I need some suggest.

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JamesBoong Jun 13 2009 says:

is sum ting wong..?

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JamesBoong Jun 13 2009 says:

what is this d3d9.dll i found in my fl exe folder..?

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Igiss Author
Igiss Jun 14 2009 replied:

File appears if you chose to enable ENBSeries mod during Discovery activation. Remove it if you want ENBSeries (bloom effects) to be gone.

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Finalrace Jun 14 2009 says:

So i have fully installed the .85 update ion my game with the discovery mod manager without any problem at all and im usaly all defualt settings, yet and i cant seem to get it to play. I first get a loading scrreen (DISCOVERY MOD REQUIEM with the gallic house sign in the back)then it minimizes and a "do you wish to send microsoft a error report" page comes up and the game closes. Any ideas of where i went wrong

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Igiss Jun 14 2009 says:

Try to remove ENBSeries mod if you enabled it (remove d3d8.dll from Freelancer\EXE folder).

Otherwise, the installation may be corrupt, FLMM is far from ideal on this regard.

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warlord0035 Oct 31 2009 replied:

I have disabled the ENB thing and it's removed from the Freelancer folder but still wen I start the game it minimizes and says ''Freelancer-Server has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.'' Any one here that could help-out please?

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maicdave Jun 14 2009 says:

Ah brilliant, a new major modification, its been a while since ive played freelancer on v4.84 but this has inspired me to play it again, its nice to see such large sized mods are still being created for this game, congratz discovery team, I look forward to trying this out.

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Bronurstomp Jun 15 2009 says:

Hi guys. I'm excited at this as I just re-installed my Freelancer on my new and upgraded system.
Question: Has anyone tried running this mod on the WIN 7 RC yet?
MB=Asus M3N78-VM, CPU=AMD Anthlon X2 7850 Black @2.8ghz, RAM= 2GB PC6400, VIDEO=RADEON HD 4870 512MB GDDR5, PSU= LPS750 750WATT.

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orindaman Jul 20 2009 replied:

yup, although i couldnt get it to work with flmm. something about not being able to extract discovery.dll cos access was denied, and the file being corrupt. but after several attempts, i just extracted the files, and copied them into my freelancer directory. the only bad thing is that i had to start in the new york system, as a level 1, and no credits. but all factions start off neutral :D

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unnerv Jun 16 2009 says:

I am thinking, is it possible to create a floating market price system in Freelancer's MODs.
For example, if I keep selling Gold on Mannhaten, the Gold price on Mannhaten will decrease, if I stop for some time, 1 hour for example, it will increase again.

Doing this should greatly increase the playability of this game, right? No more fixed trading ways, merchant need to think like a merchant~

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Harzlek May 23 2011 replied:

Would not work too well, since you cannot create contracts in this game that will guarantee a pre-determined price. If you did that, merchants would have no reliable way to make money, they'd be spending all their time hopping about to different systems looking for a decent selling/buying price.

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Devarin Jun 17 2009 says:

every time I attempt to install it, it says access to the DLLS\BINS\content.dll was denied, then that it was unable to extract a file from the archive, possibly corrupt. I have downloaded it 5 times..any suggestions?

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Igiss Author
Igiss Jun 17 2009 replied:

Your FL installation is corrupt, it's better to re-install the game completely.

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Mindaru Jun 27 2009 says:

As I install 4.85, before finishing up pops a box wich says
(Access to C:\Program Files\Freelancer Mod Manager\mods\Discovery485\DLLS|BIN\content.dll Was Denied.)
Then second window says
(Error: unable to extract a file from mod archive 'Discovery485' File possibly corrupt.)
I close the box and open Flmm 1.4, the mod is listed and will activate, as I start the game I see the Discovery Reunion 4.85 screen then the menu and as I start a new game It crashes telling me win is looking for a solution.

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Igiss Author
Igiss Jun 29 2009 replied:

Try to re-download the mod, and don't use FLMM 1.4. We explicitly tell everywhere that previous FLMM version (1.3) must be used instead.

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RogueRunner Jul 14 2009 replied:

I have the same exact problem...tried both 1.3 and 1.4 FLMM...any suggestions?

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Reaper99 Sep 15 2009 replied:

I'm running Vista Ultimate with sp1 , amd kuma 7750 black box and radeon epci ( mid range video) 2 gig ram, I cam accross the content.dll denied problem like some of fix was to run FLMM 1.3 as admin(right click desktop icon, run as admin)..then right click discovery mod and extract or run(cant remember) with will install without a problem, I tried double click but had the same result of content.dll denied...I believe D-boys coment about how to run with vista put me on right track but had to modify his last part of instruction to make it work...hope this helps...I just joined the community had been a long time fan of freelancer and the WC universe...guess my age is showing..oh well snow on the roof but can still dogfight with the wuppersnappers lol

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easyd May 3 2011 replied:

have you had any look with this? im having the same probs my self

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BlackXcalibur88 Jul 1 2009 says:

I have the same problem like "mindaru". If I try to unzip the mod => "Access to C:\Program Files\Freelancer Mod Manager\mods\Discovery485\DLLS|BIN\content.dll Was Denied." and
"Error: unable to extract a file from mod archive 'Discovery485' File possibly corrupt." I use FLMM 1.31 and re-installed the game and the Modmanager more then one time. If I ignore this and start Freelancer I cant join the server. The version number "4.85" is red. (vista)

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Doublescoop95 Jul 23 2009 replied:

I know how to fix that, I had the same problem. Just right click FLMM and select run as administrator, then unzip the mod. It should work fine.

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Jasna323 Aug 13 2009 replied:

I have that same problem too, but when I ran as administrator, the same thing happened anyway.

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nakamura84 Jul 2 2009 says:

great game i have been waiting a mod like this

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jeremyy13 Jul 5 2009 says:

ily god

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J355Y_F0X Jul 5 2009 says:

hey guys im having a big problem with the game atm
all installed fine but when i open the game and try to connect to one of their available servers it says that i am not able to connect and that it can be caused by servers recently going offline
they show that ppl r connected to them already can anyone help me?

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Doublescoop95 Jul 23 2009 replied:

I have the same problem.

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Jasna323 Aug 13 2009 replied:

edit: wrong reply

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spiritrealm Jul 6 2009 says:

my computer is crashing the game will not load it crashes first

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warlord0035 Oct 31 2009 replied:

Exactly the same on my computer..

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TheRussianHare Jul 9 2009 says:

It says "410-Gone" every time I try to download.
Any Reason?

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ancientboy Jul 10 2009 says:


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slash86 Jul 11 2009 says:

do i need to have played the last version and have it installed to play this one or can i just play this one. also do you have to be level 35 or higher for the single player story to start as i will need to reinstall the game and start from scratch.

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MλsterVic Jul 11 2009 says:

awesome thx

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roworth2189 Jul 12 2009 says:

hi guys i'm pretty new to all the mods for freelancer, anybody able to tell me how to start the storyline in reunion???

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mrliberty90 Aug 23 2009 replied:

dude theres no story line here if you want discovery story downlod 4.80

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Doublescoop95 Jul 23 2009 says:

Yeah I have that same problem. Can anyone help us?

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rattydog1 Jul 29 2009 says:

i cannot use this mode due to i need it to be in the format XML, do u know where i can find 1 in that format?

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masternerdguy Aug 2 2009 says:

i want to remind everyone here that Discovery RP 24/7 is a ROLEPLAY server. That means the goal of the server is to pretend to be the character you are. I encourage you to register on our forums at as well.

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bertieee Aug 3 2009 says:

dus it work on vista

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