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Explore a universe steeped in celestial horror and ravaged by Victorian ambition in this literary RPG for PC, Mac and Linux.
Explore a universe steeped in celestial horror and ravaged by Victorian ambition in this literary RPG for PC, Mac and Linux.
Explore a universe steeped in celestial horror and ravaged by Victorian ambition in this literary RPG for PC, Mac and Linux.
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Sunless Skies coming to Early Access/Games in Development 30th August!


Skyfarers, ready your locomotives!    

Sunless Skies will be coming to Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development the 30th of August! The feedback we received in Early Access for Sunless Sea was pivotal to its development, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Sunless Skies over the coming months.  

Kickstarter backers, keep your eyes on whichever email you used for Kickstarter for your key. Anyone else who’d like to join at this early stage will be able to purchase the game for 10% off its full price of £18.99 / $24.99 during the first week of Early Access / Games in Development.  

Initially, players will be able to explore the Reach, one of the four regions of the High Wilderness, with other regions being added in throughout development:  

The Reach is a verdant, sunless frontier. London pioneers—spearheaded by the avaricious Windward Company—establish far-flung colonies and plunder the riches of the region's ruins and wild gardens. But many colonists crave independence from the Empire, and the Reach is rife with conflict. Will you be one of the lucky few who strikes it rich? Or one of the masses broken amidst the green wastes?  

Mechanically, players can expect a broad skeleton of gameplay features to be available. You’ll be able to explore the skies, dock at ports, interact with stories, trade, fight and die. Opening the game to players in Early Access / Games in Development will provide us with crucial feedback and data to help us create a game that's delicious, delightful, and dangerous.  

We are incredibly excited to send you amongst the stars and look forward to experiencing this next chapter of development with you.  

Note: Please do keep in mind that like any Early Access / Games in Development game, Sunless Skies will not be in a complete state, and will go through changes ahead of its full release, based on player feedback and our development of the game. If you would like to wait until the bugs are ironed out, the gameplay is final and the stories are finished, we suggest that you wait until the official game release.

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    1. Failbetter Games 3-time creator on

      @Janne We are recommending that streamers/YouTubers wait a few months in to Early Access to do videos (once we've had a chance to get some fan feedback and also add more amazing stuff to the game!). However, the main thing for us is that if you stream Sunless Skies in Early Access, it would be lovely for you to let your fans know this is an Early Access game and that things may change/the game is still in development - thanks!

    2. Failbetter Games 3-time creator on

      @RetconRaider It'll be available to all backers! We will be sending keys out on the 30th August around when the game launches at 18:00 BST. Keep an eye on whichever email you've used to back us, we'll be sending them from

    3. Retcon Raider on

      Is the early access going to be available to all backers? Or is it locked to certain tiers? I can't seem to find any specific details.

    4. Jenna on

      And it's exactly two days after mine. What a wonderful birthday gift for us!

    5. John Williston on

      August 30th just happens to be my birthday, so I thank you for the lovely present!

    6. Janne Enberg on

      Just one obvious question: Will it be ok to stream the game on e.g. Twitch in EA?