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.
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Release Date:
Jan 31, 2019

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February 15

Post-launch patch: 50+ fixes

Hello! This week we have another patch with more than 50 fixes. Among other things, we've resolved various UI issues and controller annoyances, and also reduced the number of accidental spiders, which we're told is a good thing. The full change list is included below.

We're currently working on a major update that will be out in the next month or two, as we announced earlier in the week; and we'll also be releasing further patches with fixes and other improvements in the interim.


Bug fixes
  • The close button on the bazaar interface is now aligned correctly.
  • The denominator is now visible in the bazaar and shop interfaces on 4k monitors.
  • Direction tokens now display correctly in tooltips and quality results.
  • The hinterlands of Lustrum hold many hazards, but invisible rocks near Salomé's Fall are no longer among them.
  • The bazaar interface will now correctly display cargo capacity after the player fulfils a prospect.
  • The tutorial hint for reaching maximum hold capacity now fires when it should.
  • A level up indicator is once again displayed on the captain's portrait when they are ready to select a new facet.
  • Closing the centre panel will no longer cause the game to freeze temporarily after loading a save.
  • Having a stat above 100 no longer prevents captains from using locomotive equipment.
  • Dodging will no longer cause the player to take damage when attempted at the exact moment the locomotive overheats.
  • The engineyard interface now updates when cargo is jettisoned.
  • Qualities you no longer possess are now not displayed on the possessions and profile panels, instead of being displayed with a level of zero.
  • Scrolling now works properly on the chart interface when using a 4k monitor and at the outskirts of a region.
  • The opening animation will no longer repeat if you die before character creation.
  • The Horror icon has been removed from the Well of Wonders.
  • Titania's special prospects now provide more suitable rewards.
  • Area names no longer overflow the area list on centre panels.
  • Movement instructions at the beginning of the game now mention cruise control.
  • The escape key once again closes the options menu while on the title screen.

Controller fixes
  • Controller prompts no longer appear on interfaces when no gamepad is connected.
  • There is now an appropriately located controller prompt for re-opening the centre panel while docked.
  • Focus is now maintained on the tutorial interface.
  • Tooltips are now displayed on the character progression interface.
  • A feedback message is now given when attempting to equip officers and items while not docked.
  • Trying to equip an item without meeting its stat requirements now results in appropriate feedback.
  • Locomotive slot highlighting for equipped items is now clearer.
  • It is now possible to cancel out of equipping an item.
  • Interacting with interfaces after closing the chart will no longer sometimes cause your scout to set forth.
  • Closing side panels will no longer remove focus from a centre panel.
  • It is now possible to jettison items more than once while outside of ports.
  • Pressing B within story branches to view branch requirements no longer closes the centre panel.

Content fixes
  • The Clay Conductor's storyline may now always be completed, even if it requires him to be forthright about his feelings.
  • The Heart-Catchers will now charge for their services.
  • A Spider-Sweeper may now always sweep the well, as is proper.
  • Skilled captains may no longer rinse the occupants of Langley Hall for their money via repeated games of cards.
  • Captains will no longer accidentally stumble upon spiders at Langley Hall. Let it be known that Langley Hall is almost certainly not inhabited by spiders.
  • The Unseen Queen will now reliably acknowledge your victory over a foe in a clocktower.
  • Delivering the Sequencer's care package to Worlebury-juxta-Mare will no longer trigger an incongruous opportunity to deliver it to London.
  • If you didn't share a moment with the Eccentric before completing her storyline, you may now do so.
  • Sabotaging the activities of the Parsimonious Chairman will now conclude properly and result in a suitable reward.
  • Temporarily backing out of a certain act when pursuing the Truth ambition will no longer make it impossible to complete.
  • If Lord Rochester invites you to race to Titania, he will now actually turn up.
  • The New Street Line story now provides more accurate directions as to the location of someone you need to meet.
  • Captains who come down with a High Wilderness ailment will now always receive the one they should receive, and no other.
  • It is no longer possible to impose statis on Hybras by dying at a certain point in the port's storyline. (If this has affected your game, performing any action at Hybras will resolve the problem.)
  • Backing out of your own funeral will no longer forever bar you from receiving funerary rites.
  • Rubbery Passengers will now only board your locomotive if you meet the requirements to convey them to their destination.
  • A certain canine mascot will now wreak havoc a little less often, but also select the target of its affection with more determination.
  • Defeating the final champion in a certain hidden ambition will now cause your journal to be updated correctly.
  • Viewing the contents of a supply cache without actually taking any will no longer make you a debtor in the eyes of the Burrower Below and your crew.
  • Returning to the Wreck of the Boatman will now never result in incongruous messages.
  • The correct number of Experimental Modifications will now be deducted when acquiring a bathysphere.
  • Successful mushroom foraging at Hybras will no longer give your captain food poisoning.
  • Cricket matches are now a little less soothing.
  • As usual, many typos have been laid to rest.
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February 12

The Sunless Skies launch, and future plans

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we released Sunless Skies, and we’re really happy with how the launch has gone.

This is, by some way, the best critical reception one of our games has ever had. Sunless Skies has been called “Failbetter’s finest hour” by PC Gamer, “Terrifying and exhilarating” by PCGamesN, “Essential” by Eurogamer and “A triumph” by Gamespot. And at the time of writing we're at 87 on Metacritic, putting us right below a few little known games in their 2019 rankings called, umm, Slay the Spire, Apex Legends, and Resident Evil 2? Needless to say, we’re intensely grateful and delighted.

Thank you to everyone who played Sunless Skies during Early Access: it couldn’t have become what it is without you.

Sunless Skies is doing very well for us commercially, too. Far better than we needed it to do. We occasionally receive sympathetic enquiries about our financial health from the community; to be clear about that, we're in a very good position, and now we're really looking forward to spending several months further extending and improving Sunless Skies.

Update Plans

In the next couple of months, we’ll be releasing at least one major update, with a focus on filling out the game with more to see and do while travelling, including more narrative choice and consequence and, of course, unusual ways to die.

We're not ready to say more about the details just yet, but we think you'll like what we have planned. We’ll be working on more updates with other areas of focus after this as well, with plenty of new stories, gameplay features and other improvements.

And naturally, we'll continue patching the game to fix bugs and improve performance. We’ve already released three patches last week with more than 80 fixes and improvements; we’re working on another that should be ready in the next two or three days.

Thank you again, for everything. We couldn't have done any of this without your enthusiasm, your feedback, and your support.

The skies are yours,

Failbetter Games
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“The great joy of Failbetter's latest is once again the ghoulish inventiveness of the writing and setting, though it's helped along in Skies by more accessible world design, relatively generous earning mechanics and some truly decadent background art. ESSENTIAL.”

“This is a game about stories that has a knack of producing really good ones - when you're doing well, and especially when you're doing badly.”
9 – EDGE

“The sharpest writing around, wrapped inside a surprising adventure that’s tough but rarely unfair. Failbetter’s finest hour.”
90% – PC Gamer

About This Game

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 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?


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

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