Does Freelancer need DX9?

Does Freelancer require DirectX 9 ? I’d like to leave DX8 on my system.

I’m pretty sure it requires DX9.

yes

It only requires DX9 for the multiplayer… You can leave DX8 on your system and still play single player just fine.

The install updated my system to DX9 anyway. Oh well everything still seems to work and most importantly IL2 works fine under DX9.

As for Freelancer - I completed the first two missions and now left to roam free. The mouse control is no where near as bad as I thought it would be and the graphics and sound are excellent. Looks fantastic at 1280x960x32 res.