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Trivia / Freelancer

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  • Abandonware: Microsoft may've abandoned the Game, and Digital Anvil may be no more, but the game has a quite large community that has remained alive for nearly two decades, and has created countless mods of great quality.
  • Executive Meddling: Many of Digital Anvil's projects were killed when they were bought by Microsoft, because MS wanted them to focus more exclusively on Freelancer. The original opening trailer was also significantly altered, removing the scene in which the Nomads blow up Sol some time after the Alliance's Colony Ships warped to Sirius.
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  • Saved from Development Hell: Freelancer was released 4 years after being announced for the first time, with many of the hyped-up features missing. However, the resulting game was still good enough to be enjoyable.
  • 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.
    • The Starblazer, the third ship of the same civilian fighter line as the Starflier and the Startracker, was supposed to be a playable ship, but its files are incomplete, and as such, it can only be seen in docks, or as planetary traffic. The game's moddability is flexible, and as such, it can be restored with ease.
    • Also, Freelancer 2.

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