Volition, Inc. was the developer and publisher of the FreeSpace series. Volition is usually referred to simply as V or [V] by fans. It was one of two companies formed from the splitting of Parallax Software.
Parallax Software was founded by Matt Toschlog and Mike Kulas in 1993. It was best known for being the developer and publisher of the Descent series of video games, starting with Descent in 1995, and Descent II a year later. In 1997, Parallax split into two companies, each headed by one of Parallax's co-founders. The first company, Outrage Entertainment, was headed by Matt Toschlog and based at Ann Arbor, Michigan, while the second, Volition, Inc., was headed by Mike Kulas and based in Champaign, Illinois.
Volition's first project after the split was Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War. It was released in 1998 and followed up by FreeSpace 2 in 1999. In 2000, the company was acquired by THQ. After the bankruptcy of THQ, Koch Media acquired Volition in 2013.
On September 1st, 2023, Volition formally announced its closure as a "Farewell" on its website, Facebook page and LinkedIn profile (please note that, over time, these links may become unavailable). The announcement has also been reported on websites such as IGN, Ars Technica and Techspot. FreeSpace fans quickly reacted to the news by posting a dedicated thread on Hard-Light Productions. According to Volition's statements, the closure was due to Embracer Group's restructuring program meant to maintain the position of said group as a leader in the videogame industry.