1. Preparing your PC for installation
1.1 — Your PC must be running the latest MICROSOFT .NET FRAMEWORK in order for the mod installer to work. Please download the latest version HERE.
1.2 — Please make sure your drivers are up to date. You can use free software such as CPU-Z to detect your hardware.
1.3 — Windows 10 users must additionally enable THESE FEATURES for the game to work correctly.
1.4 — Install the base Freelancer game from your CD or from an ISO file you can download HERE. Pre-Windows 10 users can install ISO files by using third party programs such as VIRTUAL CLONE DRIVE — Windows 10 users should be able to do this natively.
1.5 — The default installation folder should be under «?:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Freelancer» if you used a custom installation destination, make note of it as you will need to reference it during the mod installation.
1.6 — After installing the base game, it will have placed the game shortcut on your folder. You can delete it as it will not be used to launch the mod and the mod will overwrite the base game files anyway.
1.7 — After completing the installation, download the latest version of the Discovery Freelancer Mod from THIS LINK.
1.8 — Before launching the installer, temporarily disable your Antivirus as the anticheat mechanism used by Discovery may result in a false-positive detection and interfere with the installation process.
1.9 — Run the mod installer as an administrator and follow the instructions.
1.10 — The installer will prompt you to enter the location of your original Freelancer installation folder. Enter the location you took note of in step 1.5 as described above.
1.11 — After clicking NEXT, you will be prompted to choose additional components. The BLOOM EFFECT is a visual modification and may be enabled/disabled after installation ingame.
WARNING: THE BLOOM MOD PRODUCES A FLASHING SIDEEFFECT DURING THE GAME LAUNCH INTRO. IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SEIZURES, DO NOT ENABLE BLOOM EFFECT!
1.12 — After clicking NEXT, you will be prompted to choose a destination folder for Discovery Mod. This folder must be separate from the base folder, such as «C:\Games»
DO NOT SELECT YOUR ORIGINAL FREELANCER FOLDER AS DESTINATION, IT WILL CORRUPT THE INSTALL!
1.13 — After clicking NEXT the mod will install itself under your chosen folder. After the installation process is complete, navigate yourself to the Discovery Freelancer Mod folder and locate the «DSLauncher.EXE» and create a desktop shortcut.
1.14 — The Discovery Mod can only be launched through this launcher. If you will launch the game via FREELANCER.EXE, you will not be able to connect to the multiplayer server.
1.15 — Within the launcher you can set the resolution and miscellaneous parameters of your game. It also will allow you to have multiple accounts as the maximum ship count per account is 7.
1.16 — Before joining the server, read and memorize the server rules. If you have any further questions — the HELP SECTION of our forums are open for all inquiries.