FTLAEEver since Subset Games launched FTL: Faster Than Light on PC back in September of 2012, we've dreamed of having it on the iPad. A few weeks after its launch, Subset even told us that they "would like to get it onto tablets at some point in the future," but weren't sure of its feasibility. Well, last November they confirmed that FTL would be coming to the iPad, but that wasn't all, as the original game would be getting a huge content update called FTL: Advanced Edition and all that awesome new stuff would be in the iPad version too. Sweet! This week, Subset Games has detailed many of the new features of FTL: Advanced Edition in a new blog post.

One of the new systems in FTL: Advanced Edition is Hacking, which will allow you to send a hacking drone to a system on an enemy's ship and gain vital information on it as well as affect that system to your benefit. Another new system is Mind Control, which allows you to temporarily turn an enemy into an ally and make them do things like turn on their fellow shipmates or man an enemy weapon. There's also a new Backup Battery which will give you more power when you need it, but only temporarily and at a cost of a cool down period and the use of a new 4th subsystem slot. Finally, there's the previously unannounced new Clone Bay, which is an alternative to the current Medbay. With it, when a crew member dies a clone of them will be generated to replace them, but with lowered skill levels than the original crew member had.

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There are even more improvements in FTL: Advanced Edition, like better visuals and the highly-requested Hard mode for the truly masochistic players. This Hard mode will include "More challenging enemy generation, lower scrap rewards, and other small tweaks should help keep the game interesting for anyone who might be bored of Normal" according to Subset's blog post. Unfortunately, the one thing they didn't detail in the post is a specific release date for FTL: Advanced Edition, but they promise that once they do have an idea of when everything will be ready they'll be sure to let everyone know.

  • curtneedsaride

    If they ever roll out an iPhone compatible version, I'll be all over it.

    • oneironaut

      Yes, please.

  • LousyHero

    Need. This. Now.

    • ptrostli

      The things I would do for this game on ipad... Need...

  • jcalifano2

    Out There

    • VirtualBoyFreak

      Out There + FTL = Perfect iDevice :D

  • Bool Zero

    Some news is better than no news, and we've had no news for quite a long time!

    • ptrostli

      When FTL comes out on ipad, it'll compensate for all the shit every week. Not everything but just about everything I see weekly is nothing worthy of expectations

  • CzechCongo

    Bring it!

  • Themostunclean

    Hopefully one of the new systems isn't a freemium business model.

  • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

    I've convinced myself not to play the FTL on any other platform until it comes out for the iPad, so it's great news to see it coming with some feature parity and not miss much. Looking forward to see how it controls on a touch screen; looks like a good fit

    • CzechCongo

      Why would you do something like that to yourself?

    • OXMAN

      Dude, this is the best "be a captain of your own ship" game! I've played it on PC and can't wait to play it on the iPad, I suggest you continue to wait like you said! You will not be disappointed, the fruit will be that much sweeter!

      • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

        Thanks for your moral support! I might need to email the dev and take days off at work in advance

    • ptrostli

      Ditto!

  • Xexist

    Instagram! I mean buy! Instabuy!

  • Crimzzen

    I need this now! Most anticipated game of the year for me! Please please please please DON'T freemium it!!!

    • CzechCongo

      Pretty sure the devs have said they won't.

  • Kiltedsheep

    People have been raving about this game for ages, but I have to confess I'm nervous about how complicated/difficult it looks. I guess that's part of the appeal? I'll definitely try it if/when it hits ipad.

    • oneironaut

      It isn't too complicated, you'll get your head around the mechanics in all of ten minutes. Difficulty on the other hand, well, I've been playing for maybe 6 months now and I've only ever finished the game on normal difficulty once, but honestly, that's half the fun and it's what keeps me coming back.

  • Chungston

    Exciting news!

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Game looks sweet & has tons of fans.
    'Advanced Edition" where you can hack, mind control, clone bay, and backup battery -- sounds like they mis-named the "Nerd Edition". Aren't those new abilities a listing of all the things nerds fantasize about?

  • HydroCarbon

    Give it to me nowwwww