Subset Games is still thinking about doing a tablet port of FTL: Faster Than Light, the studio's Justin Ma confirmed to Shacknews the other day. Interestingly, part of Subset's "looking into it" process involves, maybe, finding another studio to do the port. Whatever it takes, right?

We received a similar response back in October when we were all sorts of hot for FTL and probed Subset about the possibility. It's clear that Subset wants to take this slow and do it right, and even then the port is not a lock. That's an important thing to keep in mind -- there's lots of moving parts in FTL, some of which will take some substantial tweaking to work on touch. We're thinking an iPad port will need some kind of auto-pause or slowdown effect for crew movement at the least.

"We would like to get it onto tablets at some point in the future," Ma told us. "I can't say whether it's feasible or not, but we will look into it eventually."

FTL, if you don't know, is a space survival simulation that focuses on the crew and the innards of a space ship instead of raw, action-y combat. For the most part, it's all about crisis management. Surprisingly, sealing up and fixing a fiery, shield-less, and weaponless ship is just as frantically awesome as shooting laser beams at dudes in real-time. You should check it out on PC or Mac, if you've got the gear.

When we wrote an article about a possible port in October, tons of folks added the game to their Watch List, which is why we figured ANY sort of update, including vague, would be appreciated.

[via Shacknews]

  • mrTofu

    Sweet. Amazing game. I would buy again on mobile.

  • Stustaff

    This would need 1 tweak to work on iPad perfectly and that is a nice pause button in top corner. The rest of the controls are a single tap and a double tap to cancel or a tap and hold to select from menu options.

    I can say that fairly confidently after 20+ hours playing it ON an iPad infusing a VNC connection.

    Works fine controls are a non issue.

  • AghartaStudio Alex

    well don't hesitate to contact us at aghartastudio for the port:)

    We really loved the original game and I think we can do honor to the mobile version:)


    • Pray For Death

      I would get in touch directly with the developer. Posting your email here will only serve to flood your inbox with spam.

      • ptrostli

        Yes! Please do take the initiative to message them!

        You don't understand how much I will love you for what you could potentially do!

        I fucking love FTL..!

  • Illuminerdy

    I think it is better left alone. This game is infuriating enough without adding touch controls to the mix.

  • JJE McManus

    Iosboardgames on YouTube has a short interview with the FTL team where they say they are prototyping various systems for tablets. I get the feeling they've been taken aback by the success.

  • Greyskull

    Sounds like Battlecruiser 2000 AD, though I'm sure it's much better than any game released by Derrick Smart. Oh the Usenet flamewars...

  • nestor

    Thanks for the update! I really hope they follow through with this and get it on the iPad. I've been moving away from PC gaming lately and just sticking to iOS/Xbox. FTL is literally one of 2 games left on my Mac. BGEE is the other one, of course. 🙂

  • ptrostli

    Yes. Yes. Yes. YES!!!