FTL: Advanced Edition adding Hard Mode, Clone Bay

The stresses of FTL mean captains can become awfully attached to their crew, whether as individuals with their own names or simply as walking stat buffs, so their deaths can be tragic. Handily, the upcoming Enhanced Edition revamp will introduce a Clone Bay to bring lost crew back as good as new. Or, well, almost. It's not quite that simple, of course.

The Clone Bay system is an alternative to the Medibay, Subset's Justin Ma revealed in a new blog post, which spits out a clone of a crew member after they snuff it--minus a few skill points. If the Clone Bay's down for too long when a crew member croaks, they'll be gone for good.

"The goal of the Clone Bay was to really disrupt the core way you play the game," Ma said. "You'll be able to send crew off into dangerous situations without fear of death. Giant alien spiders will no longer be the terrifying, unstoppable force that you're used to, since the system can simply revive your crew after the event."

Ma also explained a little more about the other new systems. The Backup Battery will offer a little extra power in times of need, Hacking will launch a drone to screw with an enemy system, and the Mind Control system, well, seizes control of an enemy unit's mind.

With all these shiny new tools to play with, if you fancy more of a challenge, you can play in Hard difficulty, which will pack tougher enemies and less scrap to salvage. I still haven't even beat Normal difficulty.

FTL: Advanced Edition is coming to iOS early this year, and to PC as a free update.