Why Descent FreeSpace and not just Conflict Freespace?

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During my shower thoughts (FreeSpace edition) it occurred to me that I never figured out why Volition decided to give the title 'Descent FreeSpace' to their first game. Most of us know why they couldn't just use 'Freespace' because some software utility at the time had already copyrighted that name. I'm assuming the same applied to Europe? Does anyone remember why V decided to go with 'Descent' in the name? Why not just 'Conflict Freespace' for both markets? Or better yet, something like 'FreeSpace: The Great War' would have also worked.

It's something that bugged me this morning. Does someone have the official answer other than that it was a sales pitch by Interplay due to the success of Descent 1 & 2?
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