SUNLESS SKIES
Release Date: 31 Jan, 2019
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Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling.

Command a flying steam locomotive





The only thing between you and the waste-winds, storms and cosmic lightning is your engine. Tend and upgrade it, buy weaponry and exotic equipment, and keep her hull in good shape to hold the hostile Heavens at bay.

Explore a unique and dangerous universe



You play the captain of a locomotive, a steam engine fitted for off-rail travel: sailing the stars, leading your crew into trouble and out of their minds. Smuggle souls, barter for crates of time, stop for cricket and a cup of tea.

Discover more of the deep, dark and marvellous Fallen London Universe, as seen in our previous game, SUNLESS SEA. (You can play either game first, the stories coexist happily.)

Fight her majesty's agents, pirates and abominations of the skies





Face ships of differing factions and unknowable beasts each with different attacks and agendas.

Survive starvation, madness and terror.





Manage your crew’s condition and your captain’s nightmares. Balance fuel and supplies against your desire for new horizons, knowledge or riches. Struggle with sights never meant for human eyes. How will the dark change you?

Recruit officers on your adventures





Populate your ship with unique, upgradeable officers, each with their own quest to fulfill: an incautious driver, an incognito princess, a repentant devil, and - dear god! - your Aunt?! How did she get out here?

Discover your captain’s past through narrative levelling





Reveal your captain’s past deeds as facets of their personality as you progress. Most captains will perish, but their actions will leave a mark on the world for their descendants - for better or worse. Pass on some effects, and return anew to deal with events that your previous captain put into motion.

THE WORLD

The High Wilderness is a wondrous vision of space: shifting, wind-swept ruins where the laws of the cosmos are not as we imagined.



The stars are alive. They are the Judgements: vast intelligences that govern all things. But they are dying. One by one, something is snuffing them out, leaving their thrones empty.

Unfettered by trivial things like gravity, the Victorian Empire have pushed their tendrils into this new world, and their ambition is savage. They have built a new Sun. The Empress Victoria reigns from the Throne of Hours, which gives her control over time.

Your Captain and crew must carve out a life between the stars. Will you support her majesty and the establishment, or the working class rebels who yearn for freedom from the Workworlds?

FEATURES



  • Multiple, intertwining stories with a depth and richness unlike anything else in games, inspired by CS Lewis, Jules Verne, Lovecraft and HG Wells

  • Lush, hand-drawn 2d art to match

  • Four giant regions to explore: celestial wilderness, impossible industrial empire, pagan midnight expanse, and the mysterious Blue Kingdom.

  • A choice of play styles: build a lineage of captains as each dies, or reload your most recent captain and continue

  • Key remapping and full controller support


Who are Failbetter Games?
We’re a boutique games studio based in London, UK. We’ve been making indie games since 2009. If you’ve read this far, this game is almost certainly for you. Come with us into the dark, delicious friend.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 2Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
  • Storage: 4500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Mac OS X
Minimum:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 2Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 4500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
SteamOS + Linux
Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 2Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 4500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
The Garden of Heaven
The Garden of Heaven
Discover all stations in the Reach.
A New Lineage
A New Lineage
Pass your locomotive to a new captain in your lineage.
Blythe Spirits
Blythe Spirits
Decide the fate of Percy Blythe.
The Fortunes of War
The Fortunes of War
Upset the balance of power in the Reach.
The Black Box
The Black Box
Resolve Captain Whitlock's Legacy.
The Clockwise Kingdom
The Clockwise Kingdom
Discover all stations in Albion.
A Full Complement
A Full Complement
Appoint a full complement of officers, including a Mascot.
Then and Back Again
Then and Back Again
Return from a Weft of Unravelling Time.
A True Tackety
A True Tackety
Become a hero to the Tacketies.
A Staunch Stovepipe
A Staunch Stovepipe
Become a valued agent of the Windward Company.
—E SUN THE SUN THE SUN THE SUN TH—
—E SUN THE SUN THE SUN THE SUN TH—
Restore the Clockwork Sun to its strength and its glory.
Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead
Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead
Complete the Boatman's journey.
The Midnight Groves
The Midnight Groves
Discover all stations in Eleutheria.
Off the Rails
Off the Rails
Succumb to your terror.
Unto the Seventh Generation
Unto the Seventh Generation
Continue a lineage to its seventh captain.
The Districts of the Dead
The Districts of the Dead
Discover all stations in the Blue Kingdom.
A Whistle-Stop Tour
A Whistle-Stop Tour
Visit all four regions with a single captain.
Where the Winds Wait
Where the Winds Wait
Launch a successful expedition into the Graveyard of Stars.
Fully Armed and Operational
Fully Armed and Operational
Learn the Unassailable Founder's secret.
Who are you in the Dark?
Who are you in the Dark?
Advance a captain to level 20.
Writ Upon the Sky
Writ Upon the Sky
Retire to a life of fame, having written the Song of the Sky.
An Enemy of All Gods
An Enemy of All Gods
Anger all the sky-gods at once.
A Comfortable Retirement
A Comfortable Retirement
Retire to a grand mansion with a hoard to make a dragon envious.
Lavenders Blue, Lavenders Green
Lavenders Blue, Lavenders Green
Hatch and adopt a certain lovable scamp, even if he keeps stealing your crew's fingers and toes.
This Service Will Terminate Here
This Service Will Terminate Here
Fly your locomotive beyond Death's Door and there meet your end.
All Shall be Well
All Shall be Well
Have 0 Crew, 0 Fuel, 0 Supplies, and Terror of 90 or more.
Lose Yourself
Lose Yourself
Be consumed by your nightmares.
A Soul the Devil Wouldn't Touch
A Soul the Devil Wouldn't Touch
Possess a soul devoid of redeeming qualities.
Idylls of the King
Idylls of the King
Complete the quest for the Martyr-King's Cup.
The Stars are Dying
The Stars are Dying
Learn the secret that the stars hide, and find a way to survive it.

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