SUNLESS SKIES LEAVES EARLY ACCESS
**Review embargo 1200 GMT on 31st January 2019**
SUNLESS SKIES, the Gothic Horror RPG and follow-up to SUNLESS SEA, will be released on 31st January 2019 for PC, Mac and Linux, at 1800 GMT.
An RPG with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling, SUNLESS SKIES met its initial Kickstarter goal of £100,000 in 4 hours, and entered Steam Early Access/GOG Games in Development in August 2017.
“Often, SUNLESS SKIES is about the price you pay for curiosity,” says Narrative Director Chris Gardiner. “It unfolds a world populated with deep, dark stories that lure you on, but leave their mark.
“It's an alternate history, where Queen Victoria has rebuilt London in the heavens. But this isn't space as we know it: it's a windy celestial wilderness littered with offshoots of empire, ruined libraries, rebellious enclaves, distressing monsters, and domains of the dead.”
In SUNLESS SKIES, you are the captain of a steam locomotive, eking out an existence from port to port with your crew, smuggling and trading where you can, hoping to find wealth, fame, or the truth: why are the stars going out?
SUNLESS SKIES follows the indie hit SUNLESS SEA, though it’s not necessary to play SUNLESS SEA before embarking on an expedition into the skies.
Creative Director Paul Arendt says: “We've been delighted and humbled by the success of SUNLESS SEA. Feedback from our community of players has helped us to make SUNLESS SKIES even better - more accessible to newcomers without sacrificing the unique atmosphere of wonder and dread.
“Stories lie at the heart of all our games. You spend a lot of time in Sunless Skies reading, so we’ve invested effort into making the reading experience more of a pleasure. We’ve brought depth and dimension to our 2D world with a much wider palette of moods and locations. Combat is almost balletic: you can strafe, spin and chase down enemies, each of whom have specific motivations and fight styles.
“I’m delighted with this game; I sincerely hope that everyone who tries it will have an experience that stays with them for a long time.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
What is SUNLESS SKIES?
SAIL THE STARS. BETRAY YOUR QUEEN. MURDER A SUN.
SUNLESS SKIES is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling for PC, Mac and Linux.
SUNLESS SKIES is Failbetter Games’ third title, following 2015’s SUNLESS SEA and the cult browser game FALLEN LONDON, which launched in 2009 and is still free to play at www.fallenlondon.com.
SUNLESS SKIES was successfully funded in 4 hours on Kickstarter, and went on to raise a total of £377,952. It launched into Early Access in August 2017 and is due for release on 31st January 2019.
SUNLESS SKIES was named one of the most anticipated games of the year by PC Gamer, Eurogamer, GameInformer, The A.V. Club, iNews and Forbes.
Sunless Skies trailers on YouTube (launch trailer coming 24th Jan)
Sunless Skies press kit (Please note: updated game assets and screenshots, new since December)
What is SUNLESS SEA?
SUNLESS SEA is a literary RPG set on a mysterious underground ocean. It was released in 2015, receiving an Essential rating from Eurogamer, and went on to sell over 200,000 copies in its first year. It was named among the best games of 2015 by the New Yorker, the Onion AV Club, Vice, Kotaku, PCGamesN, The Mirror, Forbes, Develop Online and Killscreen. The extensive underwater DLC, ZUBMARINER, followed in 2016.
What is FALLEN LONDON?
"Thirty years ago, London was stolen by bats. Now, Hell is close and immortality is cheap, but the screaming has largely stopped…"
FALLEN LONDON is a courteous free-to-play text adventure game that you can play at www.fallenlondon.com. Launched in 2009 and significantly revamped in 2018, FALLEN LONDON will be celebrating 10 years of deep, dark and marvellous stories this summer.
Who are Failbetter Games?
Failbetter Games are an independent games studio based in a Victorian foundry in London, where they create only the finest stories for your enjoyment. They made FALLEN LONDON, the award-winning browser RPG, and in the same universe SUNLESS SEA and SUNLESS SKIES, the literary RPGs for PC, Mac and Linux. They have been nominated for the best writing award at the Develop awards three times, and were GamesIndustry.biz's Best Small Studio to work for in 2017. Any allegations of cannibalism remain unsubstantiated.