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FTL: Advanced Edition coming free in 2014, adds loads of new content and iPad port

Monday, 11th November 2013 22:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

FTL: Faster Than Light gets its first major expansion next year, and not only is it free, it’s chock-a-block with content, including story from Chris Avellone. Get all the details and check out the first trailer through the break.

Although the original version will still be available, and new content can be switched off, the crowdfunded rogue-like will re-release for free as FTL: Advanced Edition, with the following new features:

  • 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 Sector and Events
  • 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.

Of particular note are the new sector and events; writer Tom Jubert has teamed up with Obsidian’s Chris Avellone, of Planescape: Torment, Project Eternity and Wasteland 2 fame, to pen the new content.

The development team has also worked hard to smooth the rough edges of the indie space sim and add in requested features, like save crew positions for easy return to duties; combat saves; and greater variety in stores.

As if this weren’t enough to completely eat your life, FTL: Advanced Edition is also coming to iPad. The tablet release and expansion to existing Linux, Mac and PC versions are both due sometime next year.

FTL: Advanced Edition from Justin Ma on Vimeo.

Thanks, PC Gamer.

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10 Comments

  1. DSB

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer game.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Better visuals would’ve been nice.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Avellone is really selling himself these days, isn’t he? What’s sad about it is that he’s by far and wide Obisdian’s worst writer, and more on par with Bethesda’s writers. Obsidian were very open with New Vegas about precisely who wrote what, so anyone with a high opinion of Avellone might want to look into that. He wrote by far and wide the most painfully flat parts of New Vegas — especially Boone.

    It’s his total lack of imagination that does him in.

    As an example of someone better — does anyone remember Raul? I loved Raul in New Vegas. He was believably old and world-weary, and yet he still had so much of a sense of wonder when all of that grime was wiped away. I loved taking him with me. He’s the kind of character you want to take under your wing, and one of the first video game characters I felt genuinely sorry for.

    Raul was a triumph of video game writing. Avellone wasn’t responsible for him, Travis Stout was.

    And this is what bugs me with Obsidian. There’s this massive cult of popularity around Avellone and he tends to be whored out to everyone, but he’s far from their best writer. He’s their worst writer. Bar none. I realised this when I finally got to look over who wrote what in New Vegas, and it was a revelation.

    On the topic of Travis Stout, he also wrote Lily.

    Anyway, if you wanted a good writer from Obsidian to add spice to your game, you could ask for Trout, or Fnstermaker, or Urquhart, or any of their people who can actually write.

    This just continues to frustrate me. The popular perception of Avellone means that he’s going to be put at the head of Obsidian projects, and then people are going to wonder why Obsidian got so boring, and why their projects are so completely lacking in imagination, ambition, or drive compared to before.

    So I’ll go on about Avellone whenever it comes up so that this might actually get out there. There are better writers at Obsidian than him, can’t we sing their praises instead? I’ll like to sing the praises of a writer who can write, honestly. Avellone couldn’t write his way out of a wet paper bag.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Darkfield

    @TheWulf you have negative feedback for just about anything, don’t you? For everyone’s sanity sakes just STAHP with your nonsensical whines. Writing is expression you don’t get to call people on that it was how he felt that character should be written just like George R.R. Martin that kills every character you grow to love over the course of the story, it’s how he likes it you can get angry, upset, enraged and / or as our good friend DSB said so elegantly yesterday issue some nerd fatwas but that doesn’t mean Chris Avellone is a shit writer… And it’s a subjective matter anyway. What you usually find cool and awesome is almost every time not the same for everyone else.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Panthro

    So is this re-launch a FREE game? or just DLC that is free for users who have already purchased it?

    Hopefully both, gamers who haven’t yet experienced FTL are in for a treat if they are getting it for free.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. DSB

    @5 It’s a free update, you still have to buy the game.

    It’s more than worth it already though.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Sadismek

    Huh, that’ll be a good excuse to fire up the game then. I have it laying around in my Steam Library for some time and still didn’t give it a shot.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Sherif Saed

    Oh my God, I LOVED the music of FTL. BRING IT ON!

    #8 11 months ago
  9. DSB

    The music was good for like 5 hours, but then it kinda bored its way into my brain, and I was hearing it in my head no matter where I was.

    That was kinda annoying :P

    Super Meat Boy, Isaac or the original Spelunky. Them were some tunes.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    If anyone was on the fence about FTL, watch this and have your eyes opened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTH82KTThGs

    #10 11 months ago

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