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Cancel Next-Gen, FTL Is Getting A Massive Free Expansion

Jonathan Lester
Expansion, FTL: Faster Than Light, iPad games, PC games, Subset Games

Penned By Chris Avellone (The Planescape Guy!)

We were all pretty excited about these new-fangled consoles, but it looks like we're going to be busy next year. Sorry.

Stupendous Kickstarted space adventure game FTL: Faster Than Light will receive its first major expansion early next year, which features an entire new sector and special events to explore... penned by Chris Avellone. Clearly Project Eternity has a nice, relaxing development schedule, then, but we're not complaining. More Avellone cannot be a bad thing.

The expansion will be entirely free and available to existing customers free of charge, which we naturally like immensely, indeed I've been saving a pot of celebratory jam for precisely this occasion. Boysenberry. Mmm. While I spread this imaginary confection over a piece of equally imaginary toast, allow me to segue out of this bizarre diversion with an exciting list of bulletpoints.

  • Mind Control System: Temporarily turn enemies into allies. Force a boarder to repair the damage they just did, or have the enemy pilot sabotage their own helm.
  • Hacking System: Lockdown and disrupt enemy systems. Unique effects for each system, ranging from forcing a teleporter remove boarders to making the medbay damage instead of heal.
  • New Weapons and Effects: Many new weapons that take advantage of new mechanics: overcharging to increase the number of volleys, stun effects to freeze crew, and area effect targeting, to name a few.
  • And more systems, drones, augments, enemy ships, enemy layouts, and hostile environments.

Exciting, no? There'll also be an iPad version, which we reckon will be a perfect fit for the eminently replayable indie gem.

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Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:31

Are new developers really only interested in ios platform?

... erm ...


My latest method of getting developers to focus more on android games is subliminal - but my acronym failed, and ended up as ANDROIIIP. :(

Anyways, please tell me it's coming to Android some time soon. It looks great.

JonLester  Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:42

Sorry Late, but Android really just ain't that attractive as a debut platform due to the high piracy rates (and a feeling that iOS consumers are probably willing to pay more for apps due to the costly designer hardware). Android is perfect for F2P, but otherwise, we usually see games hit iOS first to take advantage of the nice safe closed ecosystem, then arrive on Android once the sales have slowed and they might as well take their chances. Still, it could be worse - you could have a Windows Phone.

Never mind, though, because FTL will run on practically any PC within reason AFAIK.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:46
Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:50

I have two teenage daughters. Halley's Comet visits our solar system more frequently than my pc becomes available.

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