FTL: Faster Than Light

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FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL: Faster Than Light cover
Developers
Subset Games
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2012
macOS (OS X) September 14, 2012
Linux September 14, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 84
IGDB 89
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Top-down view
Genres Roguelike, Strategy, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Themes Sci-fi, Space
FTL: Faster Than Light on HowLongToBeat
FTL: Faster Than Light on IGDB
FTL: Faster Than Light guide on StrategyWiki
FTL: Faster Than Light on MobyGames
FTL: Faster Than Light on Wikipedia

Key points

Basic modding support.
Resolution is hardcoded at 720p.

General information

Official forum
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
FTLWiki - PCGamingWiki's FTL subwiki
r/ftlgame - subreddit.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
DRM-free
Humble widget.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[1]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
5 songs from the soundtrack, a mini-artbook, some wallpapers & avatars.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
DRM-free
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Origin
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Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.ini[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/fasterthanlight/settings.ini
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/settings.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FasterThanLight\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/fasterthanlight/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/FasterThanLight/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Save games are fully cross-platform.[2]
The file ae_prof.sav contains over-all game progress.
The file continue.sav is only generated when pressing 'Save & Quit' or 'Main menu'.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud
Sync is not cross-platform.[3]
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Edit settings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.ini.
  3. Set the required values:
       fullscreen=0
       lastFullScreen=0
       manual=1
       screen_x=your x value screen resolution
       screen_y=your y value screen resolution
       windowed=0
       stretched=1

4. Use one of the available borderless fullscreen solutions. This was tested using the AutoHotkey method. NOTE: Your x and y value resolution can be determined by finding your resolution, for example: 1920x1080, 1920=x value, 1080=y value

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

The developers of FTL have a page with common fixes for the game, navigate to their support page to learn more.

Performance issues[edit]

Set the Dynamic Backgrounds option in the general settings to Disabled[4]

Notes

This setting doesn't have a considerable impact on the visual quality of the game.

Mouse Lag on Nvidia Graphics[edit]

Disable vsync and change maximum pre-rendered frames to "1" in nvidia control panel[5]
  1. Open Nvidia control panel.
  2. Go to manage 3D settings.
  3. Go to Program settings.
  4. Add ftlgame.exe from the game folder if not allready present.
  5. disable vsync and set pre-rendered frames to "1".

Notes

On Nvidia Optimus notebooks also make sure the correct GPU is selected for FTL.

Ubuntu logs off at game startup[edit]

Delete libstdc++.so.6[6]

Delete libstdc++.so.6 from <path-to-game>/data/amd64/lib and <path-to-game>/data/x86/lib

Pixelated Graphics (Windows)[edit]

Problem associated with older laptop graphics cards.
Run as Administrator[citation needed]
  1. Right click on FTLGame.exe and select Properties.
  2. Click the 'Compatibility' tab.
  3. Check 'Run this program as an administrator'.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK and run FTLGame.exe.

Notes

Right-click on the game executable and select 'Run as Administrator' to test this fix.
Update graphics card drivers[citation needed]
Visit AMD.com or Nvidia.com depending on what graphics card manufacturer your computer uses.

Game is permanently zoomed in and cannot be played[edit]

Fix[citation needed]
  1. Right click on FTLGame.exe and select Properties.
  2. Click the 'Compatibility' tab.
  3. Check 'Disable display scaling on higher DPI settings'.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK and run FTLGame.exe.

Notes

Problem associated with higher DPI settings.

Audio is silent or doesn't follow system preferences when using Pulse Audio on Arch Linux[edit]

Fix[7]

Open a terminal and enter the following command to install an ALSA configuration for Pulse Audio:
pacman -S pulseaudio-alsa

Notes

If you are experiencing this issue on another Linux distribution, try installing that distribution's equivalent package to resolve the issue.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio BASS

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.[8]
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.0 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References