Two big news items have come out of FTL’s developer. First is for those of you who like to game on your iPad’s. FTL is coming to 2nd generation iPads and the iPad Mini. Unfortunately, the gameplay could not be maintained on phones, which should be obvious to those of us that have played it considering the great number of menus and commands necessary to operate your ship. An android version is being considered, but no plans have been made so far.
The bigger news however is that FTL: Advanced Edition is going to be coming alongside it. The developers have been saying for a while now that FTL will be getting a bit of free DLC for the game. Now that DLC has been finalized. Here is a list of the newest additions:
- 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: Our writer Tom Jubert has returned along with special guest writer Chris Avellone (of Planescape fame), who managed to find some time for us between his work on Project Eternity and Wasteland 2. They’ve been helping us add a new sector and scatter new events throughout the rest of the game.
- 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.
- Gameplay Adjustments: You’ll be able to save your crew positions and send them back to battle-stations, save and quit during combat, and find more items for purchase in stores.
- And more systems, drones, augments, enemy ships, enemy layouts, and hostile environments.
The upgrade and iOS port will be available some time in early 2014.