Sunless Sea follow-up Sunless Skies will release on 31st January 2019, Failbetter Games confirmed today.
The developer made the announcement in a panel session this afternoon at EGX 2018, the UK games event run by Eurogamer parent company Gamer Network.
Simultaneously, Failbetter also announced Skyfarer, a pen-and-paper role-playing game tie-in for Sunless Skies. It's freely available to download from the link below:
Failbetter Games has announced that Sunless Skies, its intergalactic follow-up to 2015's nautical exploration adventure Sunless Sea, will now launch in January 2019.
Developer Failbetter Games has released a major new update for its currently-in-early-access Sunless Sea follow-up, Sunless Skies, introducing new region Albion.
Sunless Skies entered Steam Early Access last August, and is Failbetter's attempt at transplanting Sunless Sea's engaging mix of rogue-like exploration and strikingly imaginative storytelling to the stars. It unfolds in "a universe steeped in celestial horror and ravaged by Victorian ambition".
Failbetter called the version of Sunless Skies that released into early access last year "a small taste of what the final game will be like rather than a big taste of an emptier, less representational world." It featured the game's core systems - namely Hunger, Terror, combat, exploration, and a selection of interactive stories - as well as a single region, the Reach.
Sunless Sea developer Failbetter Games has delayed the launch of its upcoming crowdfunded sequel, Sunless Skies.
There's no new delivery date, but Failbetter has assured fans there was "no danger of us failing to deliver the project you backed".
The decision to delay the game from its previously-announced May arrival comes after a disappointing 2017 for the studio, with lower-than-expected sales of the game on Steam Early Access and four of the small team's staff being laid off as a result.
Sunless Skies, sequel to Sunless Sea, will hit Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development at the end of the month - 30th August.
On offer will be one of the four regions in the game, the Reach, and a "broad skeleton" of gameplay features, wrote developer Failbetter. You'll be able to explore the skies, dock at ports, interact with stories - I should jolly well hope so - trade, fight and of course die. All that for £18.99.
There will be a teensy discount when the game first arrives but do note Sunless Skies will be considered an in-development game and be treated by developer Failbetter accordingly, with patches and alterations and new content and so on. If you want the finished article, wait.
Text-heavy roguelike Sunless Skies, the spiritual successor to Sunless Sea, has opened up registration for a closed alpha on PC, Mac and Linux.