Descent 2 Color Palette
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What is a 256 file?
A 256 file is a color palette file used by Descent 2, a first-person shooter in which players pilot a spaceship to destroy mines infected by a computer virus. It contains a list of RGB values that describe colors used by the textures stored in an associated .PIG file. 256 files use the same name as their associated PIG file.
Descent 2 is the sequel to the original Descent video game. Descent 2 contains PIG files that store, among other things, textures used to skin in-game objects. The game also contains 256 files, which correspond to a specific PIG file and describe the color palette that file's textures use. Many of the game's PIG and 256 files are stored in its .HOG mission files.
How to open a 256 file
256 files are not meant to be opened or modified by players. While Descent 2 modders have created utilities that allow them to modify and replace the game's 256 files, none of those utilities are currently available for download.