The Ancient-Shivan War takes place in the distant past, putting the player in the role of one of the many Ancients as they fight desperately, and ultimately futilely, to save their empire and home from the Shivans. The player has the opportunity to pilot numerous Ancient ships as they take their part in the epic struggle for survival.
On November 22, 2012, the ASW development team released Act II. The Ancient-Shivan War is a take on the grand conflict which forms such a large part of the the background of the FreeSpace universe. It is said to have a very different feel and atmosphere to most campaigns, and features new effects, interface, ships and more, making it essentially a total conversion rather than a 'mere' mod. The first act has also been updated for compatibility with FreeSpace_Open v3.6.14. (more...)