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FTL is a spaceship simulation roguelike-like. Its aim is to recreate the atmosphere of running a spaceship exploring the galaxy.
9,818 backers pledged $200,542 to help bring this project to life.

FTL: Early May Update

Posted by Subset Games (Creator)

Hello again, wonderful backers.  

We've been working as hard as possible on getting the game 'feature-complete' during the past few weeks.  However, we finally found some time to make a new gameplay video!  In it, I describe the new features we've been adding; show off another player-ship and its unique strategy; talk about the progress of the beta and much more! 

Check it out at Vimeo.  

(It will also be on YouTube soon, but it's refusing to let me upload for now.)

In addition, as warning to our Beta backers, it's likely that the beta won't be able to start in May.   Your overwhelming donations has meant that we were able to expand our goals for FTL, making it bigger and better in almost every way.  However, that also means it will take more time to prepare.  Just know that we will do everything in our power to get it to you as soon as possible!

Head over to our forums if you would like to talk about the video or join our small (but growing) community.  


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    1. Chad Idlett on

      I agree with not rushing the game and working on polishing up the finished produce, but would love to get some beta game play in while we wait.

    2. Wolfos on

      Same as everyone else. You've got something really special here, don't mess it up. $200k should be plenty to develop the game for quite a bit longer with your team size.

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      David Gottschalk on

      I'll happily await a quality game over getting it sooner

    4. ShinKagato on

      Im happy to wait until its ready, dont rush it, this game has the potenital to be something very special.

    5. Blindsight on

      I didn't back at the beta level, but I think everyone was expecting you to take much longer than initially anticipated with the game based on the level of funding you received.

      You have 200K (less fees) to put into this game if you need to. Clearly, it will take more time to take advantage of the higher-than-expected capital available to you now.

      We have lots of games to play. We'll wait for you to do the best job you think you can, and we'll be that much happier for having a more polished game.

    6. Alex Cargile on

      Please take extra time to add features. Seriously! We can do a beta any time.

    7. Omegaclawe on

      I wouldn't have been able to play it in May, anyway. In fact, if it doesn't start until July, I'll be perfectly fine with that... :P

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      tbone937 on

      Seconding William's comment with the addition of "Better late than never" (not that I perceive this as anywhere near a concern at this point).

      On a personal note, I don't know if this has been mentioned before but for those of us that might be playing on a laptop without a mouse a slower game speed is really nice to have since it allows you to manage things that would otherwise be disastrous due to lower inherent mouse accuracy or a missed click or three.

      Enjoying the updates guys, thanks.

    9. William W. Refsland on

      Better is always preferred over faster

    10. Samuel Dantas on

      Music is great too!

    11. Alex Jarlsbo on

      Ahh, looks great guys. Can't wait.

    12. kyle bishop on

      Looks so awesome. Don't stress about release date, we know you guys are working hard and would love to see a great game over a rushed game!

    13. Vivimord on

      Do a Blizzard, take your time and make it as perfect as you can. ;0)

      (Although maybe not that long.)

    14. Benjamin Meck on

      Take. Your. Time. Better but Later will always be preferable to Worse but Soon.

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      We have all the time in the world, so don't feel the need to rush. I'm sure I'm not the only one currently backlogged with other games to play in the meantime, anyway. ;)

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      Austin Mills on

      I will happily wait for it to be improved. Can't really complain about a delay caused by to much money to make the game better.

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      Matt on

      I love that the music is dynamic! I was worried that it would be on the back burner. Everything is looking fantastic, guys. Keep up the awesome work.

    18. Spyke Alexander

      Guess it means I'll have more time to play Diablo III when that comes out now. =)

    19. Nori on

      Wait, what? Not start in May? but, but, but, ah man... Oh well. :(

      Excited for the beta to release. Worth the what I'm sure!

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      Matthew Collier on

      Looks sooo good guys! I can't wait to get my hands on this game. My most anticipated release of the year :D

      Keep up the great work!

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      Logan Scheel on

      I second that. Take as much time to make it good!
      "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever." -Shigeru Miyamoto

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      thechosenkitty on

      I'll always prefer a great game later over a good game now. Take your time and keep up the good work!