Freelancer: Black Dawn, is a fan made Halo modification for the popular Space combat sim, Freelancer. It is a ambitious modification, that aims to produce a total-conversion to the halo verse. The modification also aims to improve on standard freelancer, by making massive systems and at least pseudo-realistic scale. The combat mechanics are also different from that of stock Freelancer, due to the nature of UNSC and Covenant craft. Both sides will eventually be player run factions. To increase the fun factor, the development team will be taking some creative license with the Haloverse to make combat at least somewhat balanced.
At the moment the modification is in the earliest of Pre-Alpha stages, though work is progressing rapidly. Two releases have been made as a sort of proof of concept, featuring work in progress versions of three UNSC craft; the Rapier Light Fighter, the Orion Guided Missile Frigate, and the Hopeful class Mobile Hospital Station. The next release will be the Green Vs. Gold event, which will play out as a UNSC training exercise between the Green and Gold teams.
The storyline is unique in that the community (players and creators of the game) will determine the course of it as they go. Though much of it has yet to be set in stone, it has been confirmed that the story will take place shortly after the UNSC's fateful encounter with the Covenant at Harvest(the Green Vs. Gold event is not a part of the storyline at this moment).
Due to the nature of the mod's development, much of this is not yet confirmed and subject to change
Strikecraft- No longer featured in this modification
Support Craft- These craft will be the lifeblood of any faction, bringing supplies, colonists and munitions to outposts or warships, or exploring the depths of space.
- Parabola-class Bulk Freighter (AK)
- Bounty-class Bulk Freighter (AKL)
- Leviathan-class Cargo Train (AKH)
- Morning Star-class Ammunition Collier (T-AOE)
- Flint-class Replenishment Fleet Tanker (AOR)
- Hubble-class Survey Ship (AGS)
- Ark-class Colony Ship (ACY)
Warships- These are the main ships of any faction, the first line of defense and critical for any offensive action.
Darnell-class scout frigate, mass: 13750 tonnes, acceleration: 29.1 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 2 MLA, 2 Archer, 1 CM
Judgment-class frigate, mass: 20000 tonnes, acceleration: 20.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 2 MLA, 4 Archer, 1 CM
Aegis-class escort frigate, mass: 15000 tonnes, acceleration: 26.67 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 6 MLA, 4 CM
Barracuda-class missile guided frigate, mass: 21250 tonnes, acceleration: 18.8 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 2 MLA, 8 Archer, 1 CM, 1 Shiva
Orca-class destroyer, mass: 40000 tonnes, acceleration: 15.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 4 MLA, 4 Archer, 2 CM, 1 Shiva
Indomitable-class heavy destroyer, mass: 50000 tonnes, acceleration: 12.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 4 MLA, 8 Archer, 2 CM, 1 Shiva
Swordfish-class guided missile destroyer, mass: 45000 tonnes, acceleration: 13.33 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 4 MLA, 16 Archer, 2 CM, 1 Shiva
Bursa-class fast attack destroyer, mass: 32500 tonnes, acceleration: 18.46 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 4 MLA, 4 Archer, 2 CM, 1 Shiva
Panther-class stealth/scout destroyer, mass: 32500 tonnes, acceleration: 18.46 m/s^2+, weapon: 2 MAC, 2 MLA, 2 Archer, 1 CM, 1 Shiva
Halcyon-class light cruiser, mass: 60000 tonnes, acceleration: 12.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 6 MLA, 12 Archer, 3 CM, 1 Shiva
Lightning-class new light cruiser, mass: 65000 tonnes, acceleration: 11.08 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 6 MLA, 12 Archer, 3 CM, 1 Shiva
Thermopylae-class heavy cruiser, mass: 87000 tonnes, acceleration: 14.48 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 8 MLA, 16 Archer, 3 CM, 2 Shiva
Sparta-class guided missile cruiser, mass: 90000 tonnes, acceleration = 14.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 10 MLA, 24 Archer, 4 CM, 2 Shiva
Marathon-class battlecruiser, mass: 100000 tonnes, acceleration: 12.6 m/s^2+, weapons: 3 MAC, 8 MLA, 16 Archer, 4 CM, 2 Shiva
Tycho-class command cruiser, mass: 90000 tonnes, acceleration: 14.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 2 MAC, 8 MLA, 16 Archer, 3 CM, 2 Shiva
Courage-class carrier, mass: 150000 tonnes, acceleration: 8.0 m/s^2+, weapons: 8 MLA, 10 Fighter tubes, 4 CM
Virtue-class attack carrier, mass: 170000 tonnes, acceleration: 7.1 m/s^2+, weapons: 1 MAC, 8 MLA, 10 Fighter tubes, 4 CM, 1 Shiva
Valiant-class fleet carrier, mass: 180000 tonnes, acceleration: 6.66 m/s^2+, weapons: 12 MLA, 20 Fighter tubes, 6 CM
Note that this is even more of a work in progress than the UNSC ships
Strikecraft - No longer featured in this modification
Altar-class frigate, mass: 35000 tonnes, acceleration: 24 m/s^2+, weapons: 4x Pulse Laser, 1x Plasma Turret
Pantheon-class battle frigate, mass: 42000 tonnes, acceleration: 20 m/s^2+, weapons: 6x Pulse Laser, 1x Plasma Turret
Kenosis-class destroyer, mass: 61000 tonnes, acceleration: 18 m/s^2+, weapons: 6x Pulse Laser, 2x Plasma Turret
Disciple-class heavy destroyer, mass: 69000 tonnes, acceleration: 15.91 m/s^2+, weapons: 10x Pulse Laser, 2x Plasma Turret
Deacon-class light cruiser, mass: 21000 tonnes, acceleration: 30 m/s^2+, weapons: 4x Pulse Laser, 3x Plasma Torpedo
Providence-class scout light cruiser, mass: 18000 tonnes, acceleration: 35 m/s^2+, weapons: 3x Pulse Laser, 1x Plasma Torpedo
Inerrant-class light battlecruiser, mass: 65000 tonnes, acceleration: 16.89 m/s^2+, weapons: 6x Pulse Laser, 4x Plasma Turret
Consecration-class heavy cruiser, mass: 105000 tonnes, acceleration: 14 m/s^2+, weapons: 6x Pulse Laser, 4x Plasma Torpedo
Compunction-class fast attack heavy cruiser, mass: 95000 tonnes, acceleration: 15.47 m/s^2+, weapons: 8x Pulse Laser, 2x Plasma Torpedo, 2x Plasma Turret
Isogesis-class command cruiser, mass: 120000 tonnes, acceleration: 17.3 m/s^2+, weapons: 8x Pulse Laser, 7x Plasma Torpedo, 1x Energy Beam Projector
Spirit-class battlecruiser, mass: 135000 tonnes, acceleration: 15.41 m/s^2+, weapons: 8x Pulse Laser, 5x Plasma Torpedo, 3x Plasma Turret, 1x Energy Beam Projector
Sanctification-class carrier, mass: 230000 tonnes, acceleration: 10.87 m/s^2+, weapons: 8x Pulse Laser, 4x Plasma Torpedo, 10x Fighter Bays
Pristine Warrior-class assault carrier, mass: 290000 tonnes, acceleration: 8.62 m/s^2+, weapons: 10x Pulse Laser, 6x Plasma Torpedo, 2x Energy Beam Projector, 25x Fighter Bays
Reverence-class dreadnaught, mass: 270000 tonnes, acceleration: 10 m/s^2+, weapons: 10x Pulse Laser, 14x Plasma Torpedo, 6x Plasma Turret, 4x Energy Beam Projector
These are the only so far named Covenant craft, though it is planned that there will be a ship to fill every niche the UNSC has, and possibly more.
Weapons and EquipmentEdit
The Black Dawn mod utilizes the standard weapon archetypes that have been displayed in Canon, such as Mass Accelerators and Chemical Explosions for the UNSC, and Directed Energy weapons for the Covenant.
FLBD systems can be expected to be massive, but not much else has been confirmed yet. The following names have been confirmed for the Green Vs. Gold event however
Green Team TerritoryEdit
Gold Team TerritoryEdit
Low grade Ore field
High grade Ore Field
- Tortuga Station