Failbetter Games has released the debut trailer for Sunless Sea, a Kickstarter-funded 2D game of discovery, survival and loneliness. The “Explore” trailer offers fans the first chance to see Sunless Sea in action since the game smashed its crowd-funding target in October last year. It also marks the launch of Sunless Sea on Steam’s Greenlight service.
“We’ve made great progress since the Kickstarter,” says Failbetter CEO Alexis Kennedy. “Our backers are really enjoying the game in closed beta and providing reams of useful feedback.”
Failbetter plans to open Sunless Sea to Early Access purchase on June 17th via the Humble Bundle platform, and on Steam if their Greenlight campaign succeeds, so that more people can get involved with the game as it develops.
“We're keeping both a roadmap and a public display of how much is complete, to make ourselves accountable to Early Access players,” says Kennedy. “We have all the core features already in place, with more to come before June, but the game world is huge, and we want to be able want to do justice to it. ”
Failbetter is committing to monthly major updates and frequent smaller content additions until the game is complete, giving players the chance to shape the final game with their feedback.
Set in the same universe as the award-winning browser adventure Fallen London, Sunless Sea puts the player at the helm of a steamship on a vast underground ocean.
“We want to combine the the sense of danger you get from a roguelike games such as Don’t Starve and FTL with the rich storytelling engine we’ve perfected in Fallen London,” says Kennedy, “so while the unexplored areas of the map will shuffle every time you play, there will always be deep and choice-filled stories to discover.”
Who are Failbetter Games?
Alexis Kennedy and Paul Arendt formed Failbetter Games in 2009 to create story- driven social games and explore interactive digital storytelling. Their first game, Echo Bazaar, was named Browser Game of the Year by the Escapist. More recently, Failbetter created The Night Circus, a highly acclaimed online narrative based on the bestselling novel, for Random House publishing. They are currently working on a secret narrative project for Bioware.
What is Fallen London?
The year is 1889. Three decades ago, London was stolen by bats. Dragged deep into the earth by the entity known as the Echo Bazaar. It lies now in the Neath, a cavern of impossible size, on the shores of the Unterzee, a giant saltwater lake. The sun is gone. The tumbling white clouds are gone. There will never be another strawberry. But Londoners can get used to anything. And it's quiet down here, with the devils and the darkness and Rubbery Men and the mushroom wine. Peaceful.
Well, it was until you arrived.
Whether sleuth, spy, seducer or trader in souls, Fallen London lets players be whoever they want to be whilst finding their way through a vast and complex storyworld, rich with secrets and scandals alike. With uniquely narrative-driven gameplay, Fallen London blurs the line between text adventures and social gaming, enabling the player to make difficult choices with real consequences.
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