News Archives
July 1998

Freespace expansion pack Thu, 30 Jul 1998 - 2:16pm.

Silent ThreatAn expansion pack for Descent: Freespace has been announced!  Entitled "Silent Threat", it should be released sometime Octoberish.  Details follow:

As the Great War rages on, you've been commissioned by the GTI (Galactic Terra Intelligence) for special intelligence operations.  In a matter of National Security, you've been asked to go behind enemy lines in order to preserve the fragile space treaty.  Is the GTI setting you up or are the Shivans spreading their evil rage?

The mission pack will include a total of 60 new missions, two new player ships, a new enemy capital ship, two new primary weapons and two new secondary weapons.   Interplay are holding a mission design contest in which the winners will have their missions included on the mission disk, details can be found here.  Also check out Interplay's Silent Threat page.  Thanks to Strobe for the news tip.


PyroPimps radio show Wed, 29 Jul 1998 - 11:01am.

PyroPimps is a new radio show dedicated to all first-person shooters, with emphasis on Descent and Quake.  Their first show is at 8pm today EDT (that's 10am Thursday AEST), and will feature an interview with Gwar, webmaster of Descentia and developer of the Eclipse ladder system.  Check out the PyroPimps home page here.


Kali95 1.51 released Sun, 26 Jul 1998 - 11:44am.

Kali95 1.51 has been released.  New features include TCP support for Descent: Freespace, and the ability to search for players in TCP games, and much more.  Download it from our Kali page.


Valhalla Tower's 2nd birthday! Fri, 24 Jul 1998 - 3:25pm.

Yep, that's right, Valhalla Tower celebrated it's second birthday this week!   From its humble beginnings as Rtwice's Aussie Descent site in early 1996, the site was redesigned and renamed in July 1996, and could be found at  Another major site redesign occurred in October 1997.  Our provider pulled the plug on us in December 1997, and the Descent Network was kind enough to offer us space on, our current home.  We'd like to thank you for your continued support of Valhalla Tower, and remember -  we love feedback.  Send all comments, good or bad, to us at this address.


Observer mode in D3 Fri, 24 Jul 1998 - 3:01pm.

Two different observer modes for Descent 3 have been confirmed!  An observer mode is where you join a multiplayer game, but don't actually participate yourself - you merely watch the action.  Here are the details:

Right now there are two basic modes - Roaming and Piggyback.  Roaming mode allows you to move freely about the level without being seen or heard.  Piggyback allows you to view the action through the eyes of another player.  Piggyback mode also has the capability to view the action from any object, so you could see what an AI controlled entity was doing, for example.

Kudos to for the tip.


Another D3 RA interview Thu, 23 Jul 1998 - 12:39pm.

Jason Leighton, Descent 3 programmer, has been interviewed on the Daily Dementia Realaudio radio show.   Check it out!


D3 networking update Tue, 21 Jul 1998 - 11:34pm.

Kevin Bentley, networking programmer on the Descent 3 team, has revealed a new networking model for the game - a hybrid of client/server and peer-to-peer.  In this model, movement and firing info is still sent between the clients, but the server will be the authority for kills and other game info.  This model will presumably reduce lag for games containing a small number of players.  For more info, check out Kevin's developer notes page.


DM VPView beta 3 released Tue, 21 Jul 1998 - 11:02am.

Descent Manager VPView32, the extracting and viewing tool for the data files of Descent: Freespace, has been updated to beta 3.  Download it from our Developer Toolkit.


Freespace 1.03.01 upgrade released Sat, 18 Jul 1998 - 7:47pm.

A quick fix patch for Freespace, version 1.03.01, is now available.  Changes include:

  • Fixed "Alpha Waves" problem that made "Darkness and the Light" mission unplayable
  • Fixed problem with updating read-only FreeSpace.exe files.

This patch is still multiplayer-compatible with version 1.03, but not earlier versions.  You can download this patch for the US, UK, French and German versions of Freespace from our Demos and Patches page.


Freespace 1.03 upgrade released Thu, 16 Jul 1998 - 10:58am.

The long-awaited 1.03 patch for Descent: Freespace is now available!  The major changes include:

  • Overhauled object update system, bandwidth needs are now lower.
  • Better interpolation/object updates.
  • Improved latency compensation on clients.
  • Homing weapons tracked on client-side now, much smoother.  Server still does final collision check.
  • Added more Network Connection choices in FS Launcher.
  • Added server's connection speed to Games list.

Note that this patch is only for the US version of FS, the 1.03 patches for other versions should be out in the next day or two.  You can get the update by either logging onto PXO, or downloading it from our Demos and Patches page.


DM RCK03 released Mon, 6 Jul 1998 - 7:10pm.

The Descent Manager Robot Construction Kit beta 3 has been released!  It contains the long-awaited Polytron beta 6, HAXMEdit beta 6, HAXMEdit/DOS beta 2, and manuals for all.  Download it from our Developer Toolkit.


Descent 3 AVI available Sat, 4 Jul 1998 - 9:51pm.

A 41 second AVI movie file of the Descent 3 demo that was shown at E3 a few weeks ago has been released!  Be warned, though, it's a little under seven megabytes in size.  You can download it from our Demos and Patches page.


Descent Bulletin Board opens Thu, 2 Jul 1998 - 3:44pm.

Koolbear has opened up a new Descent Bulletin Board site, which has Usenet-like forums that cover a variety of Descent-related topics, such as developing, level-building, tactics, the upcoming D3 and much more!  The bulletin board is run by several big names in the Descent community, so you can be sure that everything is of the highest quality.  Check it out!