On the night of April 5, 2063, the Vulcan ship T’Plana-Hath landed in Bozeman, Montana, after tracking the warp signature of the spaceship Phoenix - first human ship with warp drive capacity. The ship was piloted by Dr. Zefram Cochrane, inventor of warp drive. This first contact led to the foundation of the United Federation of Planets by the people of Vulcan, Earth, Andoria, Alpha-Centauri and Tellar, in 2161.
FTL: Advanced Edition is out, and it makes for a perfect example of why do we LOVE the indie game-dev scene!
Some guys who come out of nowhere develop one of the most addictive and engaging Sci-Fi games of all time, and make tons of money when it becomes a smash-hit. What do they do next? Do they buy a seaside bar on some tropical island to sell Star Trek-themed drinks to tourists, while enjoying a life of luxury and leisure? Nope. They keep on working to make the game even better. They go to great lengths to add in some rad extra content, and they even team up with some big names to do so. When the upgrade is ready, they release it for free, as a way of thanking the fan community. Yes: free!
If you own a copy of FTL: Faster than Light on GOG.com, you can now upgrade it to FTL: Advanced Edition! Just grab the new installer files from the game’s download menu on your virtual shelf. Here are just some of the features the new version brings in:
A new sector with new events, written by Tom Jubert and special guest writer Chris Avellone!
New music by Ben Prunty!
Many little improvements and tweaks to the game’s mechanics
The ability to save&quit anywhere, including mid-combat, or mid-event!
More systems, more playable ships, more alien races, more weapons, more drones—more everything!
Here’s a full changelog if you’re curious. Note, that all of the radical changes to the game that come in the Advanced Mode can be toggled on or off, so if you prefer the vanilla experience you can still play FTL the classic way.
Even if all this was a paid DLC it still would have been impressive, but FREE? It needs to be said: Subset Games, you fracking rock!
FTL: Advanced Edition—upgrade for free if you already own the game, or get it for the same old price: $9.99!