"It was the 23rd Century: mankind’s darkest hour."
That is what we have thought for centuries but we were wrong. A new threat waiting for aeons has moved out of the dark. We have seen them, we have fought them, we have gained an important victory but we were not aware that they were not the only ones hiding between the stars. Now we have stumbled into a galactic war that had been raging ten thousands of years.
Mankind on the loosing side, in the middle of Crossfire.
The Crossfire Mod is by far the biggest and most complex Freelancer modification available. For many years this mod is known for highest quality and innovative ideas which we have introduced to the Freelancer modding scene.
With Crossfire we have build and extended an universe based on the original Freelancer game and its story. Realism and a logical development of the quest based storyline and the game environment such as the systems and the technological development is most important on this mod. Crossfire is not a static mod like most others, it is a dynamic developing environment with dynamic economy, dynamic universe, destructable solars and download content (DLC) which introduces new quests, new ships, new systems and new equipment.
Most important in this mod is the atmosphere.
High quality graphics, high quality music tracks, more than 150 very detailed systems, new voice samples, stunning effects, many challenging quests, ten thousands of small side stories and rumours, fantastic gameplay and hundreds of cool ships. That is the Crossfire mod.
Crossfire continues the epic adventures of Edison Trent. Get ready for a brand new experience in a breathtaking and extraordinary environment. This mod is the unofficial sequel to Freelancer with the most stunning graphics and worlds you have ever seen. Jump into an atomspheric universe full of surprises, challenges incredible adventures. Experience the awesome gameplay, highest quality and unique features of Crossfire.
With several hundred thousand downloads, four Mod Award Nominations and it's very large fan community Crossfire has developed to one of the most favorite Singleplayer and Multiplayer mods for Freelancer.
It is safe to say that 2020 was a very turbulent year, sometimes with some unpleasant surprises waiting around the corner.
We are living in a difficult time and adapting to new situations sometimes can be challenging.
The plans we had for Crossfire in 2020 were thrown overboard and got replaced by necessary structural changes that helped us to create a future proof foundation for Crossfire.
Certainly an important aspect was to replace our servers in order to ensure that players can enjoy the multiplayer aspect of the game in the years to come.
But we also looked into the fundamental issues the players used to have when installing and playing the mod. It is no big secret that installing a Freelancer mod of this size and complexity is/was not an easy task. Some players simply failed due to the many steps required. Other players passed this process but still had problems when joining the server.
All of that forced us as developers and to a noticeable amount also the other members of the community to spend much time giving support and guiding players to the desired goal, a clean mod installation. This was a time-consuming and definitely also demotivating process.
We as developers want to do constructive development work and not daily management jobs.
In the end we spend a few months analyzing the situation together with members of the community and carefully trying to reproduce the issues players have had.
It allowed us to identify and fix every possible source of error, no matter if people are playing on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 10, 32bit version or 64bit. The whole installation process was reduced to two simple tasks: install the original game and run the mod installer. All the settings and features known from FLMM and our external tools are now directly integrated into the new installer. The installation is easier, faster and settings can be changed again (unlike before). The process behind it will always produce a fresh and clean mod installation while also reducing the required disc space drastically.
We also upgraded the Crossfire Mod launcher with features requested by the community and improved update performance.
On November 15, 2020, we re-released the Crossfire mod as version 2.0.1 with the already mentioned improvements but also with all the content updates which we released in the past 5 years. We had plenty of new content releases in this time-frame containing new missions, entirely new sectors, new ships, new gameplay mechanics, better graphics etc.
It was about time to put everything together in a meanwhile easy to install mod.
You can download the re-release at Moddb.com
We will share more information about the upcoming updates and discuss ideas on our forum at Swat-portal.com . You can also join our discord server Discord.gg
Now that we have solved many problems and created a foundation for the mod, that allows players an easy entry into the Crossfire world and us as developers more time to actually work on the mod, we can finally move forward with the mod development itself.
Especially in the past months we collected feedback from the community about key aspects of the game. Some players have provided great ideas which we most definitely will take care of. We know that some stuff that worked perfectly fine five years ago when we released Crossfire 2.0 requires changes now.
We still have some structural changes mentioned earlier on our to-do list but are confident that we get that work done till the end of this year.
The Blackstar update was almost completed when we made the decision not to release it in 2020. We will push this big content update into 2021 now but without a fixed release date. The reason for that decision is simple. We want to treat the community feedback with the highest priority and focus on that first. Part of that feedback is linked with the Blackstar update, so we also have to find a balance here. We most likely will even move away from releasing giant content updates at once, like we did in the past, but instead do micro updates improving certain areas of the mod on the fly. That would allow us to test new ideas and get feedback from the players more frequently.
We now have the foundation and tools to do that.
While 2020 was not what we all expected it to be, not in real life or our virtual world, we will move into 2021 knowing that things will get much better now.
We'd like to thank the Crossfire community for their ongoing support, the constructive feedback and the many great ideas that have reached us. It is great that players still show continuous support to a game which soon will be 18 years old
Merry Christmas and a safe flight, Pilots.
Oh and most importantly, stay healthy.
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