Supported Games

PXO officially supports the FreeSpace series of games originally developed by Volition, Inc. This includes Descent: FreeSpace, FreeSpace 2, and games based on the Open Source FreeSpace 2 Open engine which have been validated for multiplayer use.

FreeSpace 2 Open

Introduction

Following the 2002 source code release by Volition, the community-based FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project (SCP) was formed to continue improving and adding new features to FreeSpace 2. The result is FreeSpace 2 Open, which significantly expands the modding capabilities of the engine as well as providing multi-platform support and greatly improved graphics.

As of the 19.0 release, PXO support has been added to FreeSpace 2 Open replacing the old FSNet (FS2NetD) service. Although most mods released for FreeSpace 2 Open do not include multiplayer support, PXO attempts to support any mod or total conversion which does.

Availability

Although FreeSpace 2 Open is freely available, as are an ever growing list of mods, for most mods a full version of FreeSpace 2 is still required. However, some total conversions do not require the any data from FreeSpace 2 and as such are available entirely for free.

Knossos is an installer and launcher for FreeSpace 2 Open which makes it easy to install FreeSpace 2 Open, the original FreeSpace 2 data files, as well as the many mods that are available. Please see the following guide for help getting started with Knossos and FreeSpace 2 Open:

How-to: Getting Started with Knossos

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FreeSpace 2

Introduction

Descent: FreeSpace was quickly followed up with the 1999 release of FreeSpace 2. Boasting even larger battles, full nebula missions, and multiplayer improvements, it quickly became one of the most loved space combat simulators. Even decades later it remains one of the greatest entries into the space sim genre.

PXO officially supports version 1.20 of the game. The multi-platform port from the icculus.org FreeSpace 2 project is also supported with full multiplayer compatiblity.

Availability

FreeSpace 2 can be purchased free of DRM from GOG.com (FreeSpace 2).

It is also available on Steam (FreeSpace 2).

Playable Demo

The demo version of FreeSpace 2 is available to play right in your web browser. A keyboard and mouse are required, with a gamepad or joystick optionally supported.

Play Demo(58 MiB)

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Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War

Introduction

Descent: FreeSpace - The Great war, also known as Conflict: FreeSpace - The Great War, was a space combat simulation game released in 1998. Featuring giant capital ships, competent AI wingmen, and event driven music, it quickly became a favorite of the space sim genre.

PXO officially supports version 1.06 of the game as well as the Silent Threat expansion pack. The unofficial FreeSpace port from the icculus.org FreeSpace 2 project is also supported, however it is not multiplayer compatible with other releases of the game.

Availability

The Descent: FreeSpace Battle Pack, which includes the Silent Threat expansion, can be purchased free of DRM from GOG.com (Descent: Freespace Battle Pack).

It is also available on Steam (Descent: FreeSpace).

Playable Demo

The demo version of Descent: FreeSpace is available to play right in your web browser. A keyboard and mouse are required, with a gamepad or joystick optionally supported.

Play Demo(24 MiB)

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