Not content with having turned the ocean into a swirling black pit of despair in their Victorian sailing rogue-like Sunless Sea, Indie developers Failbetter Games are now aiming for space. “The stars are dying.” States the press release for Sunless Skies, a story-rich cosmic adventure that will be “punishing, but respectful of your time.” Influences cited in the creation of the game: authors H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis and Leigh Brackett; the Art Nouveau movement; and 90’s film Event Horizon (which is where this article’s cover photo comes from). And “trains”. Those ever-inspirational trains.
“The stars are the Judgments: the inventors, arbiters and enforcers of the universe’s laws — but a revolution has begun, and the stars are being murdered.”
Well, holy shit. Failbetter games have promised that Sunless Skies “will elaborate on Sunless Sea. We’re enhancing the stuff we liked, and refining the experience.” A few other facts about the title: a kickstarter will launch in February. The game will then go through Steam Early Access. The final release should be available on Windows, Mac and Linux. More information will surely be forthcoming. In the meantime, feast thine eyes on the only image Failbetter Games have provided us:
A few months ago, we interviewed Alexis Kennedy, co-founder of Failbetter and creative director of Sunless Sea and Fallen London. He has since left the company to write on several other projects, including an unannounced Bioware title.