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Offline Darius

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RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut

As the 14th Battlegroup, led by the GTD Orestes, prepares to lead the GTVA's return to Sol, young pilot Samuel Bei finds himself once more under his estranged father's command. As the two Beis grapple with the open wounds of an old tragedy, the greatest journey any human being has ever undertaken opens before them: a sojourn across universes and beyond death itself, as the destiny of the human race and the secrets of Shiva hang in the balance.

As Samuel Bei, you will guide your elite task force through a harrowing journey - a desperate flight through a nightmare of burnt rock, cold fire, and horrifying visions, drawn inexorably onwards by the pull of your own fate. Give up your humanity and your life to protect those you love in one of the most immersive, emotionally engaging FreeSpace stories ever told.

Original features
  • New music - 3 entirely new tracks with full tabling and synchronisation, plus further tracks that are event-triggered
  • New ships - To reflect the next generation of GTVA technology. There is also a new race to discover along the way
  • Storyline-based action - Telling a unique story set within the Freespace universe, with its own characters, life-changing events, setting and themes
  • Custom communication ani's - Giving new faces to Command, characters and ships

Director's Cut Features
  • Full voice acting from a talented semipro cast
  • Brand new skyboxes by HerraTohtori
  • Wingman personas for Corey and Taylor
  • Nameplates for the 14th Battlegroup and other Terran ships
  • Overhauled missions, including balance tweaks, skip buttons for long dialogue sequences, and re-directed cutscenes
  • New and revamped effects and textures
  • New HTL vishnan models courtesy of the Ancient-Shivan War team
  • A brand new interface
  • Dozens of new techroom entries, including all warship turrets and new Intelligence entries with secrets of the Shivans and the post-Capella GTVA - as well as portions of 'The Rift' and 'Project Nagari', previews for War in Heaven
  • A truly epic credits screen: go check it out!
  • Much, much more!


There are a few requirements required for Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius.

Installing Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
  • Just use the FSO Installer to download Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius!
  • For advanced users, see below for individual file links. Only use those if you really know what you are doing!

Individual Downloads
IMPORTANT: You need ALL of these in order to play Blue Planet.
    • Audio files part 1: FSMods
      bp-audio1 MD5's
         .vp: A108AA2BBEB62BB1805B2BCB9F00C947

    • Audio files part 2: FSMods
      bp-audio2 MD5's
         .vp: 0D1EF717147259C48EA637E7C9521FB5

    • Core: FSMods
      bp-core MD5's
         .vp: 116FC9B2B3279CEFFC390BAC36EF07C1

    • Visuals part 1: FSMods
      bp-visuals1 MD5's
         .vp: A6585CDA05F8409991626E49FCEA9778

    • Visuals part 2: FSMods
      bp-visuals2 MD5's
         .vp: DA546F2768CB2474C44B8230FCC528A7

    Optional Files:
    • High resolution textures: FSMods
      adv-bp MD5's
         .vp: 842F85BA57607AEA36604D3926B5C8AD

After downloading
  • Open your FreeSpace 2 Launcher (usually launcher.exe), go to MOD tab and select blueplanet as your mod. Open Features tab and select Gameplay as list type. Make sure you have enabled "Use models for ship selection" and "Use models for weapons selection". Then launch the game.
  • It is strongly recommended to create a new pilot to play BP: AoA Director's Cut. Seriously, do this and save yourself from unnecessary trouble.
  • We recommend setting music volume to 2/3rds and voice volume to full in Options (F2). Please visit the Techroom to read new Intelligence entries and credits!
  • Once in-game, in Campaign menu select Blue Planet - Age of Aquarius, click Select button and finally click Continue to start the campaign.

Click here for troubleshooting help

Click here for release discussion


Isaac White as Samuel Bei

Ransom Arceihn as Philip Corey, Alpha 2

Kathleen Conahan as Mina Taylor, Alpha 3

James Collymore as Admiral Bei Wen Jian

Colonol Dekker as GTD Orestes Tactical and Forced Entry Delta 1

Dorothy Conway as GTD Temeraire Tactical, Sanctuary Tactical, and Captain Lumin Kristae

David Reggi as Captain Esmar Al'Fadil

Matt "Calavera" O'Connor as Elder Martin Mandho and Vice Admiral Morian

Gillian Conahan as Rear Admiral Carey, Sato, and Mei Ling Bei

Rina-chan as Captain Katashi Iwakura

Lira as Eriana Bei


Mongoose as Curse Alpha 1, Curse Alpha 2, and Curse Alpha 3, Truth Beta 1, the GTC Persephone, and as the Demons of the Past briefing captain
Zex Marquise as Nightwolves Alpha 4, Omar, and the GTC Bretonia
Swashmebuckle as Centaur Station, Nightwolves Epsilon 4, the GTL Solace, the GTC Miranda, and the GTCv Boreas (that's for Earth!)
FoxtrotTango as Commander Tell
Renegade Paladin as the GTC Duke and the GTL Fortune
-Norbert- as the GTCv Labouchere
Darkblade as GTVA Command
da1edw1n as Nightwolves Delta 1
ChronoReverse as Lieutenant Nehru
Androgeos Exeunt as ...With Vast Seas Transport Captain
Hiroaki "RavRav" Kaminaga as Demons Transport Captain
Darius as the UEFg Renjian
Unknown Entity/Entities as Shiva
Unknown Entity/Entities as Vishnu
« Last Edit: June 21, 2014, 11:22:58 am by Axem »


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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
Update to Core package
  • Numerous minor bugfixes and tweaks to missions.
  • Corrected voice acting credits for Demons of the Past transport captain.
  • Balor has been tweaked.
  • All Terran fighters and bombers have had their customized default loadouts removed. This ensures better compatibility with other campaigns. Missions have been updated accordingly.
  • "in tech database" flags have been removed from all ships and weapons. Instead ships and weapons become available in tech database as campaign progresses.
  • Several new intelligence entries that become available as campaign progresses.
  • Several new ship and weapon tech entries that become available as campaign progresses.

Note: For these new intelligence and tech entries to show up, campaign needs to be restarted. Preferably with new pilot. New pilot can also avoid possible issues with updated missions.

Update to Visuals 2 package
  • New credits images by Shivan Hunter (aka DarthGeek)
  • Persona animation filenames have been renamed. Updated missions in Core. No more BP personas showing up in other campaigns.

Download links are in the first post of this topic.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2010, 12:11:50 am by Fury »


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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
  • BP: AoA DC now requires MediaVPs 3.6.12 and fs2_open 3.6.12
  • bp-adv-core is now obsolete, please delete bp-adv-core.vp, bp-adv-core.7z and if present on your computer
  • This update is required to play Blue Planet 2: War in Heaven

Updates to Core
- Standard FS2 interface is used if resolution lower than 1024x768 is used
- Balor's energy usage lowered
- Tech description fixes
- Minor visual effect tweaks
- Tweaked hull and shield hitpoints of vishnan fighters and bombers
- Tweaked GTB Artemis D.H. to be slightly superior to GTB Artemis
- Corrected max engine overlock velocities of GTB Artemis, GVB Sekhmet, GVB Bakha, SF Aeshma, SB Nahema, SB Seraphim
- Added afterburners to SB Nephilim, SB Taurvi, SB Seraphim
- mod.ini edited to use new "mediavps_3612" folder instead of old "mediavps"

Updates to Visuals 1
- Updated GTL Anemoi model, fixes smoothing and potential crash associated to the model
- Added MOI to missiles
- Fixed missile flare positions

Updates to Visuals 2
- New gauss cannon muzzle flash
- Higher resolution mass driver trail
- Added Vishnan beam warmup particle
- Now unused effects have been removed

Updated download links to Core, Visuals 1 and Visuals 2 can be found in the first post of this topic.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2010, 01:51:46 am by Fury »


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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
Another update in preparation of the WiH rerelease has been released.

This is a maintenance release to address compatibility issues with 3.6.14 RC builds; If you have had AoA installed previously, you should simply redownload bp-core and bp-visuals1.


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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
The entire Blueplanet: AoA package has been rereleased. Please follow the install instructions in the first post, and delete all previous Blue Planet installs.


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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius - The Director's Cut
Age of Aquarius is now on the FSO Installer! See the first post for more details.

Some files have been updated to fix a few issues and the compatibility files have been integrated so no special BP builds are required. If you just wish to update your current install, you can use the FSO Installer as well to make sure you have all the necessary files. 3.7.2 RC3+ builds are recommended (also available on the FSO installer!)

Daredevils can still download and install the files manually if they wish.

(Instructions for enabling advanced lighting again will come a bit later!)