FTL coming to iPad

iPad version of FTL will arrive with the free Advanced Edition expansion in 2014.

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FTL is coming to iPad, developer Subset Games has announced.

Subset Games says the indie hit plays "beautifully" on second-gen iPads and higher, as well as iPad Minis. The game will not be coming to phones, however, with the developer saying it's not possible to play the game on smaller screen size.

Alongside the iPad announcement, the developer also announced the FTL: Advanced Edition expansion, which will be released to current owners of the game for free. The iPad version will also feature the expansion when it is released.

The expansion adds mind control and hacking systems and a new sector and events written by Tom Jubert and Chris Avellone, alongside new weapons, effects, layouts, and environments. The update will also add tweaks to the whole game, including the option to save and quit during combat.

The expansion can be disabled for people still hoping to play the non-modified game.

Subset Games says it hopes to port the game to Android and other mobile platforms, but that the developer does "not know for sure" if it will. "When we first released FTL, we did so on three operating systems simultaneously and it was a gargantuan task for a two man studio to accomplish," the developer said.

"Learning from the difficulties of the past, we’re trying to preserve our sanity by focusing on one system at a time. Expanding tablet support will be our next highest priority, but we don’t want to make any promises (or rejections) until we’re 100 percent sure of the outcome."

Both the iPad version and the Advanced Edition expansion will be released in early 2014.

For more information, check out GameSpot's review of FTL.

Discussion

16 comments
darkzhul
darkzhul

Awesome, new content.

Free? damn its even more awesome, i love those guys.

hampton2003
hampton2003

my hope that ftl 2 could happen has just been revived.

stev69
stev69

There is no reason it shouldn't play well on tablets, its hardly top end state of the art programming is it? Still from what i've seen looks like pretty addictive fun.

kerrman
kerrman

I was just thinking about how with my first pay check at my new job I was going to buy an iPad. Now I definitely want to!

snova9308
snova9308

well the UI in this game DOES look good for touch controlls,

good idea I'd say

jhunter28
jhunter28

Might have to steal my moms ipad

jotalandia
jotalandia

nice news, this gave me hopes to the android version in the future.

ParanoidPaal
ParanoidPaal

No android tablet version? D:


But yay for dat FREE DLC! :D

prats93
prats93

All RNG and no skill whatsoever.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

It's a strange world where indie developers who mostly relied on kickstarted money are giving away a free expansion whereas mega publishers are nickle and diming players for skin DLC's. 

Anyway, can't wait for another reason to replay FTL.

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

@MAD_AI That's mainly because most of indie devs are gamers too.

stev69
stev69

@jotalandia @prats93 @Tommy7600 @MAD_AI Probably because they will have made a significant profit with very little resources invested.

Still yeah the big companies should be taking a leaf out of this book on how to show your client base a bit of appreciation and respect, instead of how can i fleece the cattle for as much as possible.