So have you been looking around the forums, drooling over all of the gorgeous screenshots from the upgraded FreeSpace Open engine, and asking yourself, "How do I get in on the action too?" Well you're in luck, because it's very easy to do so! The FreeSpace Open Installer, maintained by long-time prolific community stalwart Goober5000, provides a one-stop shop for downloading and installing the latest FS2Open version, the community-created updated graphical content that makes everything look shiny, and a selection of fantastic campaigns and mods. Just hit up the following link:FreeSpace Open Installer
The Installer is Java-based, so make sure you have the latest version
installed on your system beforehand. Once you have the Installer .jar file, just run it as you would any executable, and follow along with the instructions. You'll be blasting super-shiny Shivans in no time!
We definitely recommend that new players start out with the Installer to get FreeSpace Open set up and running; in fact, even many veteran members of the community utilize it due to its convenience. But if you're a strong independent pilot who doesn't need any filesystem help from anyone, that's okay too! Downloading and installing all of the necessary files by hand might take a few more clicks, but it's honestly not all that hard once you know what you're doing. Source Code Project team member jg18 has put together a series of instructional threads to walk you through just where everything needs to go. Just choose the thread that applies to your OS of choice and follow along with the instructions:
If you run into any trouble along the way, feel free to make a thread in our support forum
, and someone from the community should be able to help you out. Enjoy!