More and improved prestige objectives in Freelancer

A lot of the prestige objectives in Freelancer have issues in my opinion. Different players have differing opinions on which PO’s need to be altered, but from what I’ve seen the complaints fall into a few categories:

  • The timed missions are too demanding and/or tedious, with narrow time limits and obnoxious timer reset conditions.
  • Collateral kill objectives are unreliable, with the firearm variant being the most RNG-based.
  • Silent Assassin is just too steep of a requirement for some randomly-generated missions.

I agree with all of these to some extent, and I think a few changes could have a big impact here. First, rerolling prestige objectives. I think the best way to implement this would be to allow it only once per campaign segment (4 times total in a campaign). Second, flat-out removing or completely reworking some of the problem objectives listed above. I would honestly prefer just removing most of the time-based PO’s, as well as the Firearm Collateral PO. I’d be interested in hearing others’ opinions on these objectives, if they enjoy them more than I do!

Finally, I think that an expanded list of PO’s, some of which add difficulty modifiers rather than stacking objectives, could be a great idea! Here are a few ideas for those:

  • You must be wearing a different disguise for every target kill.
  • The mission is timed, but the timer only starts when the player kills the first target. The player can see the timer duration ahead of time, and has the opportunity to incapacitate the targets and set up a route through the level before triggering the timer.
  • Several special guards are dropped into the level. They don’t have usable disguises, are in a constant hunting state (but take a moment to recognize you, like a regular enforcer), can walk anywhere in the map, and immediately investigate your location any time you knock out or kill anyone. They will be alerted by this from any distance on the map. If they find you or a body when they get there, they can alert surrounding NPCs just like a normal guard. They aren’t any more powerful than a regular guard, and can be killed like normal.
  • Kill someone in view of other NPCs, making them witnesses to the crime. At least one witness must survive to the end of the mission. This will almost certainly blow the disguise you’re using at the time. The victim can be anyone, but possibly restrict it to targets only for extra challenge?
  • Two prestige-only targets are added to the level. They don’t contribute to the main objective when you kill them, only the prestige objective.
  • An item must be transported out of the level to complete the objective. The item is in a semi-secure location, and after the player picks it up, it makes a beeping noise every so often (30 seconds?). A countdown to the next beep is shown onscreen. The noise will act like a distraction if NPCs hear it, attracting them to you. Also, when the item beeps it causes NPCs to see 47 as committing a crime if they are looking at him at the time. The item keeps beeping if dropped, and NPCs will stash it like a briefcase if it’s found. The item is an obvious liability when completing other objectives, but a skilled player could use it to manipulate guards if they grab it early on.

Thoughts? My goal with the list of PO’s above is to avoid excessively limiting the player, as the SA and timer objectives do. Rather, I want the PO’s to create opportunities for strategizing around unusual circumstances, with a moderate amount of leniency (insta-fail PO’s are bad, especially in hardcore mode). I’d love to hear other people’s ideas for tweaks to PO’s.

Thanks for the fantastic new mode, IOI!


The doggie in your avatar is wearing a hat. A HAT! :rofl:

he is indeed wearing a hat

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I don’t think this objective would be that hard to implement because the Elimination Streak complication already exists on some escalations, where after the first target you have to eliminate targets within 60 seconds of each other (though for Freelancer they might want to give more time).

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Here is a (mostly) copy/paste of another post I’ve made on how some of the timed related objectives could be tweaked.

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Thinking of the 7DS, Sloth Sin. What if instead if being on a timer it was movement based? :man_shrugging:

Getting into a bin/closet would reset it. Like taking a nap. Of course, it won’t go down since you can’t move while inside.

The biggest issue challenge I see with it is failing to plan, or not being prepared for the unexpected… And you are left without enough ‘fuel’ to get back to another bin to recharge.

Perhaps you could just simply stand still to let it build back up very slowly. :snail:
And you’d only insta-fail if you get down to 0.

Timed Disguises

:necktie: :timer_clock: It seems like you can’t change (or, it’s to no avail) if it’s to a disguise you’ve already worn. And that limits the amount of time that you can be in a level. If you were to go through every Disguise possibly available on a map - you’d eventually run out and have no choice but to exit.

So that’s either the point, or they could make the timer stop for this too after the targets are dead.

Normally you still don’t have (much) time to go for couriers, crates, safes, and weapon vendors.

For an alternative: What about…

Disguise Collector?

Instead of being punished for not changing into a new/different disguise - you get a :merces: multiplier for each new disguise you put on. The only way to get the lowest or no payout for it is changing into fewer or no other disguises.

If it were a PO… Maybe meet a disguise threshold or a minimum number of disguises. :thinking:

I know. Taking the ‘Timed’ element out of it removes the stress. :confused:

Maybe once you change into a new one - the disguise you drop is destroyed…? :necktie: :fire:



Well now I want 47 to have a trusty canine companion who can get into secure areas and retrieve things for him