Descent: Freespace Battle Pack (1998)

Descent Freespace Battle Pack (1998)

About This Game

The heartless Shivans emerged through subspace near Earth, harboring technology light years ahead of anything seen before. They made no attempt to communicate. They did not respond to your heralds. They simply attacked and destroyed everything in their path.

As a pilot for the Galactic Terran Alliance (GTA) you are no stranger to war. But when racing through space to engage your new enemy for the first time, you sense something different. Suddenly, darkness blankets your craft. Your stomach sinks as your eyes pan across the Shivan flagship’s massive body. Then it begins. Swarms of fighters pour from the belly of the flagship and scream towards you. You are about to discover everything you thought you knew about space combat just changed.


The setting of the game takes place in the 24th century when humanity has discovered interstellar travel through the use of interstellar subspace jump nodes that function in the same manner as wormholes, allowing it to spread out across the stars and colonise new worlds. Prior to the game beginning, humanity (referred to as Terrans) formed the Galactic Terran Alliance (GTA) as the central power of all of their systems’ governments and military, and became engaged in a war over systems and resources against the Vasudans of the Parliamentary Vasudan Empire (PVE).[14] By the time the story begins, this war has entered its fourteenth year, as a third species, dubbed Shivans, makes an unprovoked attack on the Terran system of Ross 128. The player, acting as a new Terran pilot in the GTA, is initially involved in the conflict with the PVE before the fights focus on the new species’ arrival and subsequent assaults.

Vasudans are represented as carbon-based biped, who are taller than humans, and have a durable biological system and a skeletal-looking physical appearance, while Shivans appear insect-like in appearance, with multiple legs and eyes and the capability of walking on walls and ceilings. A fourth race, dubbed “The Ancients”, is not shown in the game but referenced during the single-player story as having lived thousands of years ago and having once held an empire in the systems controlled by the Vasudans and Terrans, before they were driven to extinction by the Shivans. In the game, each race’s ships bear distinctive appearances and are named after notable aspects of Earth’s history, religious text, and mythologies:- Terran craft have a plain but practical design that is easy to mass-produce, with military ships named after figures in Greek, Norse and religious mythology, and science craft named after noted figures of science; Vasudan craft are artistic with sleek lines and curves, and are named after ancient Egyptian myths and locations; Shivan ships are pointy and asymmetrical in insidious black and red colours, and are named after fictional, reptilian species, demons and figures in various religious text.


This is the beginning of The Great War.

  • Includes the original Freespace and the Silent Threat mission pack
  • Multiple beautiful space fighters and bombers with customizable loadouts
  • A gripping story full of epic space battles and plot twists

Game Details

Genre Simulation – Combat – Sci-fi
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.9.0+)
Languages Audio and text: English
Released March 12, 1998
Size 0.8 GB
Company Volition / Interplay


Minimum system requirements – Windows:

XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Processor: 1.4 GHz or faster
Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Mouse, Keyboard.

NVIDIA compatibility notice: Under Windows XP, the game requires graphic card drivers version 285.58 or older.

Minimum system requirements – Mac:

OS X 10.9.0 or later
Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
Memory: 1GB of RAM or more
Graphics: 64MB of video memory
Mouse, Keyboard

Notice: This game currently does not support macOS 10.13 High Sierra. 

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