New Alien Race

The Lanius

Hello everyone.  As the new year approaches and with it the impending FTL: Advanced Edition release, we wanted to announce some of the other features in the free update.

The Lanius have rarely been seen in Federation Space, and no official diplomatic contact has ever been recorded. One widely held theory blames the Lanius for why there is so little evidence of ancient civilizations; the Lanius simply absorbed them.



The Lanius are scavengers – metallic lifeforms that rely on the absorption of  minerals to sustain themselves. Their society ebbs and flows in hibernation cycles; they may lie dormant for many years, even while hurtling through space. As soon as they become aware of significant metal deposits they reawaken. Usually this occurs in the dying stages of a galactic civilization or in the wake of intergalactic war.

Reports of reawakened Lanius have appeared in many of the war-torn and abandoned sectors of Federation Space. Their arrival has created panic as they indiscriminately seek our sources of metal – although more diplomatic individuals have suggested that they can be reasoned with.


Individuals of the Lanius race do not require life support to live – they can survive in deep space unaided. In fact, their unique composition reacts strongly to artificial environments causing them to drain the oxygen within any compartment they inhabit. This is no doubt one reason they have had difficulty with diplomatic relations.

Additional Features

Other than new alien race, here are some more previously unannounced features:

Lanius Ship: New player ship with its own achievements and alternate layout.

Type C Ship Layouts: 8 of the original ships will have a third layout that capitalizes on the new content.  With the Lanius ship, that makes for a total of ten new starting ship designs.

Backup Battery Subsystem: Subsystem that can provide temporary reactor power in a pinch.

New Drones: Expanded drone options includes: the Shield Drone that generates a green super shield for your ship, the Anti-Combat Drone that shoots down enemy combat drones, and the Ion Intruder that blasts into the enemy ship and randomly ionizes systems while stunning and distracting crew.

Gameplay Refinements: Doors and Sensors can be manned to increase effectiveness; you can now rename crew mid-game; each race has a small variety of colors which allows for easier visual recognition;

And more to come: We’re still balancing and polishing the features that are being added. Be sure to keep an eye out for additional content announcements!

FTL: Advanced Edition Recap:

  • It will contain a ton of new content and improvements: although the larger additions can be disabled if you prefer FTL “vanilla.”
  • This large update is free for those who already own the game on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • FTL is also coming to iPad; it will be the full version of the game including the new “Advanced Edition” content.
  • FTL on iPad will have to be purchased separately from the PC version.
  • An exact date for release has not been decided but we are aiming for early 2014.

We somehow managed to forget to mention this in our original announcement, but we’d like to thank Andrew Church ( for the brilliant work he’s done on the iPad port… and for putting up with us as we continue to delay to add new features. Developing a port alongside a big expansion would’ve been impossible without him as part of the team.


Published by zasdarq, on December 20th, 2013 at 5:20 am. Filled under: Uncategorized42 Comments

42 Responses to “New Alien Race”

  1. I cannot wait. c:

    Comment by Travis on December 20, 2013 at 6:07 am

  2. Exciting news. I can’t wait to see how far you can take this already brilliant game!

    Thank you for all of this hard work, you can’t imagine how much it is appreciated! <3

    Comment by Feam on December 20, 2013 at 6:17 am

  3. Yes, please! I’m throwing money at my screen, but nothing is happening!

    Comment by MeatMan on December 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

  4. This update looks so good, I would honestly pay for it. I’m ecstatic, can’t wait to see the type C layouts as well.

    Comment by ExecutiveDave on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

  5. Any chance of touch optimized controls on the PC version?

    Comment by fizzlefist on December 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

  6. The level of excitement is uncontainable.

    Comment by Preston T on December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

  7. So excited, converted my humble bundle version to steam for this.
    You may want to update your FAQ, though.

    Comment by Marrrrr on December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  8. This is incredible! Love the new race, and their backstory. Looking forward to the update!

    Comment by Calypto52 on December 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  9. Do you plan to release the game on Android too?

    Thanks for the new content, you are awesome!

    Comment by lalala on December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  10. I can’t wait to play this. You guys rock :)

    Comment by YumItsTasty on December 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  11. Very exciting, i really cant wait, i have all consoles but this is the most exciting release to me!

    Comment by Sam on December 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm

  12. Exuse me, will this edition be free on Steam for those who purchased original?

    Comment by Jamato on December 21, 2013 at 1:13 am

  13. This is going to be so cool.

    Comment by discopig on December 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

  14. Would love to see an Android version as well! Can’t wait for it eitherway!

    Comment by Ronlaen on December 21, 2013 at 1:22 am

  15. With the growing trend of Windows 8 Pro tablets (Surface Pro, Dell Venue Pro, Toshiba Encore, etc) will there be touch interface options for the windows version of the game?

    Comment by JL on December 21, 2013 at 1:59 am

  16. Any chance at a reptilian race?

    Comment by Crabpuss on December 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

  17. Thank you for my favorite game of 2012 and 2013. Here’s to 2014!

    Comment by lemonpips on December 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

  18. Thank you for all your hard work, guys. Looks fantastic and I can’t wait to play it.

    Comment by d6 on December 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

  19. Add my name to those who would like to see an Android release. Really looking forward to the expansion and appreciate that you are releasing it for free. Keep up the excellent work.

    Comment by Seymour on December 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

  20. These new layout C ships… will we have to unlock them? Because I still haven’t gotten the crystal ship yet, and now we have something else to make a beeline for?

    Comment by ekimmak on December 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  21. “Doors and Sensors can be manned to increase effectiveness”
    What is the exact effect of manning these systems? Will the doors be harder to break through? And manning the sensors?

    Anyways, great work. Lanius race sounds really cool. Will their health be the normal 100, or more/less?

    Can you yet reveal anything more than “early 2014″? January-February or later?

    Comment by a teen who dreams about being an indie developer some day.. on December 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  22. is a release date already known?

    Comment by me on January 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

  23. I don’t think that requiring metals would act as motivation to dominate other races, if that was your intent. There are much more metal-rich asteroids and satellites zinging around space than even earth contains. Catching random vessels would be a waste of time in comparison to strip mining some of those space masses.

    Comment by Zach on January 11, 2014 at 6:10 am

  24. will you please make an android port!? that would be awesome, my house is strongly anti-apple so it would be awesome on the Google Play Store

    Comment by Nick Reeder on January 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

  25. Don’t forget Android please!

    Comment by frantix on January 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

  26. UURRR MMMAAA GGUURRDD.Dis looks amazing. I would still pay even if you had too. Cant wait for all the new things.

    Comment by Ryan on January 17, 2014 at 12:50 am

  27. This copied from the FAQ:
    Will there be any updates or sequels?

    Right now there are no plans for updates or sequels, but it’s something we’ll be deciding at a later date.

    Comment by Bas Cornelissen on January 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

  28. I love how at the end of the video trailer, the ship was seen in the background (and in the transition to the black screen) surrounded by scrap (as they are scavengers). I’ve been waiting so much for this since the first announcement! I can’t wait to see how it turns out, and I especially want to see how the modding community reacts. FTL is growing, and I LOVE it. I have almost 150 hours clocked in and I can’t wait to put in a few hundred more!

    Comment by William on January 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  29. “8 of the original ships will have a third layout.”
    Which ship won’t have a type C? D:
    I sure hope it isn’t crystal…
    Then again, the default ship is amazing with Type B so i really want to see that with a type C…
    The new race doesn’t get a type C either? :(
    I’m assuming that you need 3/3 achievements to unlock this new type, but the 2 ships with no type C will stick out like sore thumbs. :(

    Comment by Acebats on January 27, 2014 at 3:22 am

  30. I don’t care how long it takes for the Advanced Edition to get to us. In fact, taking longer might even be better – because the less you rush it, the better the final piece will be!
    Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this wonderful game . . . and please don’t mind our bright-eyed stares as we sit here (yes, right here – staring at you) in anticipation of the Advanced Edition. We’re not crazy. Just devoted. And excited.
    *inches closer*
    Reeeally excited.

    Comment by Gromov on January 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

  31. You know that it’s your fault, if I die from anticipatory thrill?

    Comment by TriffiD on February 2, 2014 at 2:07 am

  32. oh y god i cant wait any more, can you please update when its coming?
    even if you would say it will come in march it will be easier for me, because now that waiting is just killing me

    Comment by greenscorpeon3 on February 5, 2014 at 2:18 am

  33. Well, it’s February 8th. Where’s our update?!

    Comment by Lance Hendrickson on February 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

  34. I’m very glad to see that you’re putting out an update. This is one game that I’d actually be willing to regularly pay for an expansion pack if offered new surprises.

    Comment by Josh McCormick on February 9, 2014 at 11:49 pm

  35. I’m checking every day with anticipation. My plan is literally to buy an iPad Mini for the sole purpose of playing FTL.

    Please let us know how it’s going! :D

    Comment by strwrsfrk on February 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

  36. I think a lot of fans would appreciate a due date, even if that is far off. it would make the waiting more bearable. keep up the good work :)

    Comment by Sternhagel on February 11, 2014 at 5:09 am

  37. You guys notice that the kestrel in the clone lab pics has pirate markings on it…
    (Type C?)

    Comment by sign1000 on February 19, 2014 at 7:16 am

  38. Any hope for FTL to be localized to Spanish, French, German, etc…?

    Comment by Juan on February 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  39. Now 24th of Feb, and still no update. Pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaase and official release date…!!!???

    Comment by Liam on February 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

  40. I think I’m going to die from anticipation tomorrow will be the first of march and I have a feeling that the release date will be then

    Comment by Baebos on February 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  41. Cmon guys! I read early 2014 as the first 3 months of 2014 and March is almost over! I need the Advanced Edition before I go to Kuwait!

    Comment by The Pope on March 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

  42. Any plans for multiplayer/co-op eventually? it would be intense.. i could definitely see some co-op 2v2 ship battles, or even the option to go separate across the sectors.

    Comment by SekraN on April 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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