Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

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[GUIDE] Beginners | Missions | Technical | Multiplayer
By schmatzler
I want to do a little "all-in-one" guide here and answer most of the questions we stumble over at :-)
The Guide
For starters

  • I know, the trailer is pretty awesome and may look like it's a shooter in space. But this isn't the average space game. I-War 2 uses Newtonian physics.

    "What's that?" you may ask. To give you a simple example: If you accelerate towards an enemy, you will not stop until you use your forward thrusters to de-accelerate your ship. And you won't come to a stop immediately, this will take time. If you've ever watched how the astronauts at the ISS handle themselves in space, you know how I-War 2 is doing it.

    This may not be for everyone, but if you get used to it, you will have a very realistic and unique experience.

  • This game uses a lot of key combinations and while it is possible to play it completely with a keyboard or mouse+keyboard, I highly recommend using a joystick or a controller to play it. It's easy to forget the keys when you're just starting to play, but don't worry. We have printable key cards for you here[] and here[].

  • If the default configuration doesn't work with your controller, you can find various profiles other users already made for you at our website.[]
    Yes, we have profiles for the Xbox 360 controller and we also have tools for creating your own profile.[]


  • This game is not perfect, it has its design flaws. One of the flaws is the missions. At the beginning, they may seem straightforward to you, but you will get lost at one point. When this happens, just head over to our Help section[] and read through the acts. You will find out what you have to do next.

  • Another flaw is the starmap - it has been designed to be accessible with a joystick and while this works, you will search for star systems you have to fly to very often. If this kind of realism annoys you too much, install the mod Location Finder[]. This will allow you to press TAB in the game and fly to stations easily.

  • Last but not least: You are a pirate, you will loot a lot of cargo from the guys you are robbing. Your companion Jafs will complain all the time about the junk you have looted, while he loads that junk onto his super-tiny ship. This will get annoying very quickly. Shut him up with this mod[] and give him a bigger freighter.


  • This game is old. It plays fine on systems up to Windows XP, but any later versions may behave weird for you.
    I could list all of the possible bugs we stumbled over in the last years and their possible solutions, but this would make the guide extremely big.

    We have a "Technical FAQ" on our website where you will find answers to (hopefully) all of your problems with running the game:


  • Yes, it's up and running. I know, the shop description states that it is not, but that's not true.
    We are managing two multiplayer servers 24 hours a day - one of them can fit up to 16 players at a time :-)

    Just head over to where you will find instructions on how to play on these.
    Sadly, the ingame server browser doesn't work anymore due to the shutdown of Gamespy at the end of 2014.

That is all. I hope this information will help new players, we are always happy about newcomers who love Independence War! :-)

-schmatzler Admin
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schmatzler  [author] Jun 24, 2016 @ 11:22pm 
That's mentioned in the Technical FAQ which is linked to in the guide.
theredbaron1834 Jun 24, 2016 @ 8:58pm 
I suggest also adding something about a cd/dvd drive, as one is "needed" to play the story. You can bypass this with a virtual drive (I use daemon lite as a free one).
[High5] Feb 23, 2016 @ 1:49pm 
Thank you!
Absolutsky Jun 20, 2015 @ 3:46pm 
Thank you! I can't wait to have the time to replay this.