A mod by Kix, Laythe, AgentTHeKat, PDTM, Moreorlesser, Felipemello, Markus McCloud, Woona, MagicBadger, SquishyBoi, and Solid Boi
Additional thanks to:
Woona: Creator of Vicious Vessels and the Orchids mod, and let us use both in Multiverse
PLIOU: Donated several of the hulls we use, such as the Rock and Lost Sun guard, as well as the Duskbringer Station.
TheSwiftTiger: Main hyperspace dev and composed several music tracks for us.
JumboCarrot: Composed several music tracks for us.
Stormbringer: Main dev of Project Coalition, the precursor to Multiverse
SomeFederationPerson: One of the Federation Fleet ships
Andr3wtime: Creator of KA and the Gyges, which was the base for the Bishop Cruiser
Hyperion: Additional flavor text for defeat events
Kobo: Crystal Scatter sprite
RAD-82: Federation guard sprite
Jimli_: Federation tactical fighter sprite
Witherbottom: First youtuber to play Multiverse. You can check him out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GyR1Q1qFatROk6rKPx74Q
!!!!VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT: HYPERSPACE IS NOW ON VERSION 0.6.3!!!!
Hyperspace, the modding API needed for Multiverse to work has been updated to version 0.6.3. Please update your hyperspace, as the new 4.7+ versions will not work with older hyperspace versions: https://subsetgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=35095
Benefits of joining the discord:
-Occasional exclusive pre-release versions
-Regular updates on mod progress
-Help with development and make suggestions/bug reports
-Talk with the devs and other people who've played the mod
-We're lonely and having another person to talk about the mod with will make us slightly happier
Table of contents for people who get lost easily:
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1. Install Instructions
2. Multiverse Download
2. Eldritch Horrors
3. Custom Start
4. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Multiverse is patched just like any regular FTL mod. Install Slipstream mod manager if you haven't already and place Multiverse in the mod folder, launch slipstream and select Multiverse, and click patch.
Hyperspace is a required hard-coded modding API for Multiverse to function properly. Head to the Hyperspace forum page and download the files. You'll also have to downgrade your FTL to version 1.6.9, but don't worry. It's much simpler than it sounds, and Hyperspace provides an easy method to do it. You'll still be able to play the latest AND the downgraded version if you do it properly.
Zip Files -
Some Multiverse versions are kept as Zip files. Don't worry, a Zip file is the exact same as an FTL file! There are two ways to make Slipstream recognize the file;
THE EASY WAY:
1. Open slipstream, look at the top left corner where it says "file". Click this and select preferences. Check the box marked "allow_zip", and then click apply. Now Slipstream will recognize .zip files inside its mod folder. That's it!
THE ALTERNATIVE WAY:
2. Make sure you have show file types enabled. Right click Multiverse.zip and select rename. Select the .zip at the end and change it to .ftl. If a pop-up appears telling you that it may corrupt the file, just click okay and continue, the file won't be corrupted. Now just put the .ftl file in Slipstream's mod folder and that's it!
Multiverse is an overhaul mod, meaning it changes a large portion of game features. As such, it may not be compatible with a variety of different mods. So what will work?
Other overhauls? Absolutely not. Any mods such as CE, ARS+, Insurrection, etc will definitely NOT work with Multiverse and should NEVER be used together.
Non-Hyperspace Ship Packs? Yes and no. These ships, as they do not use hyperspace, will replace the main page ships, which Multiverse also replaces with new ships. It is recommended you do not use any conventional ship packs with Multiverse if you want to experience Multiverse on its own.
Hyperspace Ship Packs? Yes. The beauty of Hyperspace is it allows infinite player ships. Any hyperspace ships will simply be added to additional pages. You can use as many Hyperspace ship packs as you want with Multiverse without issue.
Weapon Packs? Most likely. Most weapon packs should work with Multiverse, but there is a chance there might be a namespace issue where two weapons have the same ID, in which case the weapon pack would override the weapon from Multiverse. Additionally, if the mod allows enemies to use the new weapons, this will NOT work in Multiverse, as Multiverse changes the namespaces of all enemy weapon lists.
Enemy ship extensions? No, unless they're made specifically for Multiverse. Multiverse changes the names of all of the enemy lists and encounters, meaning any mods that add to the vanilla lists won't have an impact while Multiverse is in use.
Graphical Mods? Depends. Multiverse adds its own new backgrounds, crew customization features, fleet pursuit indicator, and vanilla sprite improvements, which may collide with graphical mods. If you want to prevent your graphical mods from overriding Multiverse, patch them BEFORE Multiverse, that way Multiverse will override anything that the two mods share.
We HIGHLY recommend playing Multiverse without any addons or additional mods the first time you play it, so you can see what the base mod has before adding more onto it.
Installation order -
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1. Hyperspace.ftl (NOT REQUIRED, BUT IF YOU DO USE IT MAKE SURE IT COMES FIRST)
2. Graphical improvement mods
4. Eldritch Horrors or any other major addons
5. Smaller addons like the Elite ship-packs
6. Weapons packs, or ship packs
What to do if you get an "assertion failed'" error upon loading:
Run FTL with directx. This can be done by following the steps below:
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make a shortcut of FTLGame.exe
at the end of the target textbox, after the quotation mark
type space and -directx
then run the game using the shortcut
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS MOD IS DRIVEN BY HYPERSPACE
Hyperspace is a powerful new hard-coded FTL mod, which you must install separately. Hyperspace adds the ability to add new player ship slots, new alien races, and many other new features. You can install hyperspace from here: https://subsetgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=35095
!!!!VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT: HYPERSPACE IS NOW ON VERSION 0.6.3!!!!
Hyperspace, the modding API needed for Multiverse to work has been updated to version 0.6.3 Please update your hyperspace, as the new 4.9+ versions will not work with older hyperspace versions: https://subsetgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=35095
DOWNLOAD BUILD - 4.10 [Multiverse of Merchants]
Version 4.10 is out and complete. However, it uses a version of hyperspace not yet ready to be released by the hspace team. Thus, 4.10 has been held to the discord server only, where you can also download the WIP version of hyperspace 0.6.4.
You can join the discord here; https://discord.gg/xTfg6CeAFy
In the case hyperspace 0.6.4 releases before 4.10.2 (the next update), 4.10 will be moved to the forums. Elsewise, you can either download it on the discord, or use version 4.9 below.
DOWNLOAD BUILD - 4.9 (OLD) [Threat From Across the Galaxy + Hotfix]
IMPORTANT: At the moment, hyperspace's version check is BROKEN. Make sure you have hspace version 0.6.3 and just ignore the wrong hyperspace version error for now.
Experimental Builds are kept as zip files. Zip and FTL files are actually the same thing. To use the zip file in slipstream, put it in the mod folder, launch slipstream, go to the file tab at the top, then preferences and enable the option to recognize zip files.
As of 4.6, you should no longer use the elite ships addon. All ships from this mod are now included in base Multiverse.
Warning: This changelog contains spoilers. Read at your own risk
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Completely reworked stores. These now appear with a label denoting their faction and a color to indicate the general hostility of said faction. Stores now appear more often in sectors they previously didn't. All of these new stores have their own events tied to them rather than flavor text.
Crew drones now display their stats in their description.
Added a Particle Accelerator Mk II.
Added a few more dialogue options for the true ending.
Enemy separatists can now use their nano transform again.
Added stun resistance and vulnerability to a few different crew types, including rocks and crew drones.
Morphs can now immitate orchids.
Shell ships now display a warning about their gas.
The Spider Queen now makes all (friendly) spiders on your ship controllable.
Added a Haynes blue option to the engineer detective event.
The limit can only have a max of 1 bar in oxygen/medbay/clonebay.
Federation ships now have orchid crew. Elite Federation ships use elite crew variants.
Removed forced hazard events from the first sector.
Improved Hayne's sprite. He also now does more ranged damage rather than shooting faster.
Changed the colors of anti-bio weapons to be more fitting and not conflicting with particle weapons. Also improved the guillotine and zoltan deleter sprites.
Improved the soldier sprite.
Civvy C's augment now summons a store instead of taxing stores.
The Harmony Cruiser now has two DD3++'s.
Changed the "upgrade a system option" to "install an internal upgrade" so not as many people just ignore this extremely important option.
Reorganized the showdown crew dialogue to be on their own menu.
Removed sandbox mode.
Enemies can no longer use the Asclepius missiles (the ones that did enough crew damage to instakill a zoltan.)
Enemy crystal/sentinel crew can no longer activate lockdown until they are below 10 less than their max health.
Sentinels now take 7 damage per ability use, and cannot use their ability below 20 health.
Flagship Stage 3 hard's teleporter is now lvl 2.
Dynasty ships can no longer use missiles.
Greatly increased the length of the Hellraiser's hull beam.
Crystalline Armor projectiles no longer pierce shields, but have a 75% to trigger for the player ship.
Lowered the cooldown and power usage of Frost Charger.
Many combat augments now take fuel to use.
Energy 2 and 3 no longer do more damage per shot, but instead fire more shots per tier.
Energy Stunner and Anti-Hull Energy now have 2 shots.
Reduced the cooldown of the Energy Charger
Engi A now has an ion chargegun mk 2 instead of ion 2. Engi C now has an energy charger+ instead of ion bomb.
Greatly increased the radius and price of pre-emptive flak.
Radiants now do system damage with their ability.
Removed the Kalis Beam from enemy weapon lists.
Decreased the weapon power on normal vagabond ships.
You can no longer gamble again at the same beacon when you win with the gambling machines.
Reduced BL1 cooldown and increased dual lasers cooldown marginally. BL3 now uses 3 power.
Magnetic Arm no longer provides a 5% scrap bonus. Increased the price of installing magnetic arm, decreased the install price of scrap arm and repair arm.
Greatly reduced cooldown of anti-bio lasers, and decreased power usage.
All focus guns (except anti-bio) now do 1 additional system damage.
Increased the cooldown for the Separatist nano ability on both sides.
Mace 2 no longer has negative pierce.
Increased the projectile speed of the guardian drone.
Chain focus now starts at 2 damage, and is cheaper.
Nevermiss now only does 2 damage.
Decreased cooldown, increased breach chance, and decreased price of the hull smasher lasers. Decreased power usage of hull smasher mk 2 and 3.
Decreased the cooldown and power usage of the Heavy Mk 2 and 3. Also improved the Mk 3 sprite.
Reduced Crystal Scatter cooldown.
Increased the damage of the sniper laser, but removed the minor fire chance.
Slightly increased particle accelerator cooldown.
Fixed some tpyos. (with even more additional proofreading from JerC)
Fixed the Royal dreadnaught not spawning on extreme.
Fixed the Ancient cruiser unlock.
Fixed Dynasty ships still spawning with alphas.
Fixed defense drones not targeting old missiles.
Fixed the Engineer B MV boss not spawning on extreme. (or more accurately, spawning as the default rigger)
Fixed A55 not turning neutral after surrender.
Fixed Spider C's unlock.
Fixed Siren animations.
Fixed the Spectral MV cruiser victory not unlocking the civilian cruiser.
Fixed the spider queen morph losing damage instead of gaining damage during her ability.
Fixed the mysterious alien ships giving free crew even on destruction.
Fixed the construction flagship offset
Fixed the new MV bosses being uncrewkillable
Fixed being unable to toggle the royal atom drone.
To get older versions of Multiverse, you can find them archived on our Discord server.
Elite Ships [Version 3]:
The Elite ship addon adds 16 new ships to Multiverse themed after the elite groups for certain factions. These ships are (supposed to be) much stronger than normal and probably aren't balanced at all, hence why they were not included in the base mod. Some use the standard vanilla ships whose color scheme was reused for elites (such as Rock C or Engi C), or are entirely new hulls like the Haunted Kestrel and Peace-Keeping Zoltan Cruiser.
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH VERSIONS 4.6+
Requires Multiverse 4.0-4.5
Developed by Sally Spartan
As Eldritch Horrors is not developed by the Multiverse Team, we cannot guarantee there won't be compatibility issues between versions. Suggestions or bug reports should be directed towards the creator of the addon themselves.
Eldritch Horrors Ch.3 v0.4 has recently released. It is now compatible with 4.8+.
You can find Eldritch Horrors on its own forum page here: https://subsetgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=35928
EH also has its own discord server that you can find here: https://discord.gg/9c2sUM6, which will sometimes have more up-to-date versions than those on the forums.
Developed by Admiral Billy
As Custom Start is not developed by the Multiverse Team, we cannot guarantee there won't be compatibility issues between versions. Suggestions or bug reports should be directed towards the creator of the addon themselves.
Custom start adds a set of blank cruisers for every existing layout, and allows you to customize your equipment at the start.
DOWNLOAD CUSTOM START
DOWNLOAD CUSTOM START ELITE SHIPS COMPATIBILITY
DOWNLOAD CUSTOM START ELDRITCH HORRORS COMPATIBILITY
Over 100 new player ships to pick from, all included in the base mod!
Tons of new crew types to encounter and play with, with their own abilities and niches unseen in vanilla!
Hundreds of new weapons and drones to use, including multi-functional toggle drones, conservative weapons that use no power, brand new crew drones, and more!
What is hyperspace?
Hyperspace is a hard-coded modding API utilized by Multiverse. It adds all kinds of new features not possible in vanilla FTL, like new alien races or infinite player ships.
Is Hyperspace developed by the same people as MV?
Nope, hyperspace has its own development team entirely separate from Multiverse. However, we do work in tandem often times. Hyperspace has its own separate development and bug report channels in this server!
What is PC (Project Coalition) and why do people keep mentioning it?
Project Coalition was a previous (failed) overhaul mod that many of the current Multiverse dev team worked on. While the two mods are entirely separate code-wise, many of PC's assets were re-used in MV. PC is no longer available for download publicly.
Whats the difference between hardcoded and softcoded modding?
Softcoded modding is heavily limited, and only allows us to edit images, audio, and XML files. There is no "real coding" involved, and we're limited to what base FTL allows. Hardcoded modding, thanks to hyperspace, allows us to expand the possibilities further, but we are still limited to the functionality provided by hyperspace.
Is MV related to CE or ARS+? Is it compatible with these overhauls?
Nope. Overhauls are never compatible with each other. Running them together will not work and will guarantee that you see major bugs from compatibility issues.
No content from CE or ARS+ is directly used in Multiverse currently, but we have taken inspiration from certain select features.
Is Multiverse finished?
Far from it actually. MV is still being regularly updated, but we have plenty of content left to add!
What is EH (Eldritch Horrors)? Who makes it?
EH is a large addon for Multiverse developed by SallySpartan. Though it is built on top of Multiverse, it has a different dev team and development cycle.
WHERE ARE THE GIBS!?
They're coming, be patient. We have draw at least 4 gibs per ship, and Multiverse currently has over 600 ships. It will take a long time till they are ready, but we are slowly making progress on them.
Will player ships be getting purchasable artillery?
Yes, eventually. To be efficient, this will likely be added alongside player ship gibs, whenever those are ready.
Can I contribute?
Yes, of course! Bug/typo reports and suggestions are always helpful, but if you want to contribute art, music, or something else that's always helpful as well. Do note though that it isn't guaranteed we'll have a use for whatever you submit, so you might want to ask first what we may need help with.
I keep getting humans when it references custom crew, what's up with that?
This means, without a doubt, your hyperspace is incorrectly installed. Make sure you double check that you've installed it correctly and are using the right patch order.
What the hell is a patch order?
The patch order is the order of mods in Superluminal's mod list. This is VERY important. Mods that are higher in the list are patched first. Multiverse should always come last unless you are using an addon, in which case the addon should come after Multiverse.
What mods are Multiverse compatible with?
If it wasn't exclusively made for Multiverse (or specifically updated to be compatible), chances are it is NOT compatible. It is heavily, HEAVILY recommended you use NO additional mods unless they are a designated MV addon.
MV can break or be broken by practically anything, including ship mods or cosmetic mods.
Why is Multiverse a Zip file?/Where is the .ftl file?/Why is Multiverse not showing up in slipstream?
These are all actually the same question. Multiverse is packaged as a zip file, which is functionally the same thing as a .ftl file. To make slipstream recognize the zip, place Multiverse in the mods folder, launch slipstream, click the file tab at the top left, select "preferences", then check the "allow_zip" box, click apply, and then restart slipstream.
How hard is Multiverse? What difficulty is it balanced for?
As Multiverse is still in development, balance can sometimes be a little shaky after certain updates, but we're always sure to fix any concerns once they're reported. Multiverse is currently balanced around the Normal difficulty.