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Category: Main -> About Descent
What is Descent?
Descent is a series of 3-D first-person-shooter type games that was first released in 1995 and followed up by sequels in 1996 (Descent II) and 2000 (Descent 3), both of which had expansion packs (Descent 2: Vertigo and Descent 3: Mercenary)as well as the unrelated spin-off series Descent: Freespace.
What is this "six degrees of freedom" thing I keep hearing about?
"Six degrees of freedom" refers to the six axes of control available to the player. There are three axes of orientation: pitch (tilting up and down), yaw (turning left and right), and roll, combined with three axes of movement: forward/backwards, up/down, left/right (usually called strafing or sliding).
So what happened to Descent?
The simple answer is that the main company behind Descent, Interplay, died. Volition, the spin-off development company of Parallax Software, the developers of the first two Descent games, went on to make Red Faction, while Interplay, owners of the Descent trademark, died and merged with THQ, which has expressed no interest in continuing the franchise.Back to top
What about Descent IV?
Descent IV was essentially a fan initiative to produce a true, commercial, sequel game to Descent 3. Unfortunately, rights to the franchise could not be secured, and as a result the project was abandoned. PlanetDescent has a project info page and a full FAQ about the Descent IV project.Back to top
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