Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 1, 2012.

Update #9

FTL: Early May Update

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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      Creator Chad Idlett on May 21, 2012

      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.

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      Creator Wolfos on May 6, 2012

      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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      Creator David Gottschalk on May 4, 2012

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

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      Creator ShinKagato on May 4, 2012

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

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      Creator Blindsight on May 4, 2012

      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.

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      Creator Alex Cargile on May 4, 2012

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

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      Creator Aaron Evertson on May 4, 2012

      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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      Creator tbone937 on May 4, 2012

      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.

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      Creator William W. Refsland on May 4, 2012

      Better is always preferred over faster

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      Creator Samuel Dantas on May 4, 2012

      Music is great too!

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      Creator Alex on May 4, 2012

      Ahh, looks great guys. Can't wait.

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      Creator kyle bishop on May 4, 2012

      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!

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      Creator Vivimord on May 4, 2012

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

      (Although maybe not that long.)

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      Creator Benjamin Meck on May 4, 2012

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

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      Creator Sleet on May 3, 2012

      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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      Creator Austin Mills on May 3, 2012

      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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      Creator Matt on May 3, 2012

      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.

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      Creator Spyke Alexander on May 3, 2012

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

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      Creator Nori on May 3, 2012

      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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      Creator Matthew Collier on May 3, 2012

      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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      Creator Logan Scheel on May 3, 2012

      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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      Creator thechosenkitty on May 3, 2012

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

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