Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War

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Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War cover
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 19, 1998
macOS (OS X) January 24, 2013[2]
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Descent
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War guide on StrategyWiki
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War on MobyGames
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War on Wikipedia
Descent 1995
Descent II 1996
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War 1998
Descent 3 1999
FreeSpace 2 1999
Descent (upcoming) TBA

Key points

Released as Conflict: FreeSpace – The Great War in some countries.
You can play the game with improved visuals by buying FreeSpace 2 and using it with FreeSpace Open. That way you don't have to buy Descent: FreeSpace, instead you buy the 2nd game and install the FreeSpace 1 mods for it.

General information

Freespace Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
macOS (OS X)
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Source Code released[citation needed]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Silent Threat

Essential improvements[edit]


1.06 is the latest retail version. Digital distribution versions are already patched.


To play the game in higher resolutions, changing the FOV, enable Vsync, anti-aliasing and controller support, use the Freespace 1 Mod on the Open-Source FSOpen.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/273600/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Players\Single[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/273600/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Launch problems[edit]

If you're not using Freespace Open and you can't use your keyboard to skip the intro movie, that means that your desktop resolution is too high. Set your desktop resolution to something like 1920x1080 and launch the game again. 4k is too high.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Cutscenes not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0,[3] EAX (only available with 1.06 patch)


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; download for digital versions


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
12 Co-op, Versus
Disable Parallax Online in multiplayer options.
Online play
12 Co-op, Versus
Parallax Online no longer functions.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7808
UDP 7808
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
These ports are for FSOpen.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Glide 1.2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 210 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/273600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (273600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.