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Also applies to the designers: one of the people who did character designs is Carlos Ezquerra, one of the co-creators of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog.
What Could Have Been: In addition to the stuff that was promised, which were eventually taken out, such as dynamic economies and retracting ship fins, much of Freelancer's original storyline was scrapped when Microsoft tried to speed up the game's release. Anyone who owns a copy of the Bonus DVD, bundled with the game's soundtrack CD, will have full knowledge of what the original storyline was meant to be.