Indie Hit FTL Won’t Release on Vita Because Screen Is Too Small

FTL developer explained that it looked into porting the game to Sony’s handheld.

Sony has put a lot of effort into making the PlayStation Vita an indie-friendly platform, but there’s one indie darling that won’t be making an appearance on the handheld device.

Responding to a question from a fan on Twitter about whether the spacefaring indie hit FTL: Faster Than Light will ever get ported to the PS Vita, the game’s co-creator and half of developer Subset Games Justin Ma said that it will not. “We looked into it extensively and in the end it just turns out the screen is too small for us,” he said. “Sorry about that.”

That’s too bad, but it sounds like a good reason to not port the game to the PS Vita. And there are still plenty of other ways to get your hands on FTL. In addition to being available on both PC and Mac, the game’s Advanced Edition was recently released for iPad. It’s currently going for $7 as part of the Steam Summer Sale, but you might want to wait for it to turn up in a daily or flash sale if you’re looking for an even cheaper price.

Sony recently said that the economics of producing a big, AAA game for the PlayStation Vita don’t make sense. Last week, president of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida reiterated the sentiment, saying that Sony is decreasing first-party support for the PlayStation Vita and focusing on indies and Remote Play to provide content.

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11 comments
Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It makes sense.  The rooms get very small, and you need pinpoint accuracy,.  The ipad version is already mediocre as a result.  You need a mouse to play properly.

sephsplace
sephsplace

PC MAC...... you forgot Linux :o

M8ingSeezun
M8ingSeezun

Why not port it to 3DS?  It does have a double screen, which can compensate. 

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

FTL pretty boring don't really care about this news..

Btw looks like its time to trade my vita in not worth having only for garbage indie games like fez..

paperwarior
paperwarior

I haven't played it, but it's a mouse-based game, right? It'd probably be a hassle to click stuff accurately with your fingers.

KeviNOlighT
KeviNOlighT

"Without condoning, or condemning... I understand." Dr. Manhattan after hearing this news.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

"Sony is decreasing first-party support for the PlayStation Vita and focusing on indies and Remote Play to provide content, president of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has revealed." Ouch.

finaleve
finaleve

@paperwarior Given that it is available on the iPad, I don't think that's the case.