Indie spacefaring sim FTL: Faster Than Light is getting an upgrade in the new year.

Developer Subset Games has announced FTL: Advanced Edition, a beefed-up version that includes new weapons, drone classes and equipment for your ship, plus a new sector to explore with events written by Tom Jubert - the original FTL scribe - and guest writer Chris Avellone from Obsidian Entertainment.

This content will be distributed as a free update to all existing owners of FTL. In addition to the PC version, FTL: Advanced Edition will also be available on the iPad next year. Both the Advanced Edition update and iPad port will launch at the same time in 2014, Subset Games says.

FTL: Faster Than Light is a roguelike. After selecting a ship and crew, players navigate through randomly-generated sections of uncharted space, deal with space bandits and routinely engage in ship-to-ship combat as they attempt to reach the safety of the Galactic Federation.
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FTL: Advanced Edition and FTL on iPad

FTL: AE is a free expansion for all PC platforms. It will contain tons of changes, including:
New ship systems that greatly alter gameplay.
New sector and new events created with the help of Tom Jubert and guest writer, Chris Avellone.
New weapons, drones, equipment, enemy ships, and hostile environments.
Lots of smaller improvements such as the ability to assign crew stations for quick management.
Additionally, the entire original game and Advanced Edition update will be playable on iPad. We spent a considerable amount of time to get the iPad version as fun as possible and are happy to say it has exceeded our expectations.

We plan to simultaneously make the iPad version available for purchase and update the existing PC game early 2014.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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