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Descent release date

Post by MidiV » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:35 am

Hello, I'd like to ask \"old skool fans\" of Descent - do you know anything about original Descent release date?

I'm just curious - I know that Interplay released Descent demo on 21st of December, 1994 (I found some press-releases and other info). Full retail version in USA was released on 17 March, 1995 (some retailers were selling it from 15 March 1995).

Also, I've read that Parallax finished demo in February 1994 and then it was selected by Interplay for publishing.

One confusing thing here is that I've found some information about German release in 1994. Here's the link for the box art: http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/desce ... Id,140383/

Is it was demo or full version? Or it was special promo-version etc? And when (and how) it was released?
Please answer if you know anything about that.

I'm just curious about date that should be defined as \"Descent anniversary date\" - Descent turns 15 this year :)

Thank you in advance for any information provided and thank you all for being such strong community.

Please redirect me to the right topic if it exists already (I was searching for it but with no success).
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Post by PyroJockey » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:12 am

I found this information on the Volition website. It shows the first shareware as being released in December 1994, but it doesn't specify exact release date

http://www.volition-inc.com/History/1994
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Post by MidiV » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:47 pm

Thank you! That page is interesting.
Unfortunately there's nothing written about Germany-specific version or other releases.
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Post by Foil » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:50 am

I actually remember picking up the original shareware in December '94.

My brother and I were doing last-minute Christmas shopping, and came across a tiny display box at a software store with the Descent logo. They were giving away little Descent shareware packages with 3.5\" diskettes. We picked one up, tried it on our 386, and I've been playing ever since. 8)
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Post by CDN_Merlin » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:31 am

Foil, I was the same way. d/led the D1 shareware in Dec 94 and never looked back.
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Post by Theftbot » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:08 pm

I picked up the demo disk from radio shack late 94' ended up being a cool game.
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Post by D3Alien » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:31 pm

Huh, I had thought it was earlier in '94. I guess it was early winter of '95 that a friend gave me the D1 demo discs, and the rest, well, is history.
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Post by MidiV » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:03 am

Wow, that's cool. First time I played Descent in the middle of 1995 as I remember - my friend said that he knows a crazy game about destroying reactors and fighting insane robots :)

Have you ever seen that CD (or may be somebody its lucky owner)?
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/desce ... Id,140389/
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Post by akula65 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:13 am

MidiV,

You need to speak with ObiWanKenobi/Gold Leader and have a look at his collection. He frequents a number of Descent-related boards (this one included), and he has made posts like this one (his pictures seem to be missing in the following thread, but trust me he has a HUGE collection):

http://www.descent2.de/forum/viewtopic. ... highlight=
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Post by PyroJockey » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:33 am

You can see ObiWanKenobi's/Gold Leader's collection on his thread at the Interplay forum.

http://www.interplay.com/forums/viewtop ... f=42&t=912

It's huge, may need some time to load al the pic's
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Post by NUMBERZero » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:21 pm

Or you can view his video. He will have more than what is shown.


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Post by MidiV » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:31 am

Thank you very much! I've found that CD in ObiWanKenobi's collection (what a collection!) and also I've found small article written by him.
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Post by D3Alien » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:45 am

*waves hand*

Those are not the release dates you are looking for.
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Post by MidiV » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:18 pm

Yes, you're right but alongside with that I've found some press releases and now I assume December, 21 (1994) as release date for Descent (shareware).
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Happy Birthday Descent

Post by PyroJockey » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:49 am

To the best of my knowledge today, December 15th 2009, is the 15th anniversary for the release of the first shareware version of Descent.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESCENT! :D
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Post by slaytanist » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:56 pm

THE REALESE DATE IS MARCH 17 1995

DESCENT 2 IS MARCH 13 1996

thanks every 1
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Post by Ferno » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:58 am

slay: i know you're new here, but we have some standards that you need to know.

First, don't post in all capitals. It looks like you're yelling and frankly, it's annoying.

Second, you need to improve your spelling. \"thanks every 1\" does not qualify.
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Post by Sirius » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:48 am

Hm. Two posts, first of which shows no understanding of the OP, second necroes a year-old thread to tell people something they already know.

Things are looking up, I'd say.
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Post by Glowhyena » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:56 pm

Caps lock makes your comment looks you talk like a kid.
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Post by Stroodles » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:57 pm

Woah...for some reason I thought that post was from the Spring...weird.
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