Navigate, survive, explore! Roam a vast underground ocean in a customised steamship. Trade with strange new lands. Battle sea monsters. Smuggle souls. Seduce your crew. Go mad and hallucinate lizards. You are the captain. It’s your call…

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Thirty years ago, London was stolen. Now it rests on the shore of the Unterzee, that old dark ocean under the world. Hell is close, immortality is cheap, and the screaming has largely stopped…

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Failbetter Games

Purveyors of only the finest examples of interactive narrative – Failbetter are an independent games studio, creating games and stories mostly set in the Fallen London Universe. At present there’s Fallen London itself, a highly acclaimed Victorian fantasy RPG set in a unique subterranean city, and Sunless Sea, an exploration and trading game set in a vast underground ocean of the same world.

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We’re hiring! Marketing/Production Hybrid
Jul 16, 12:00am

Failbetter is looking for someone who can take on some of the production, communications and marketing tasks that currently get shared around the team: live operations, troubleshooting and resource management, game producer tasks, relationships with partners / press /distributors / Youtubers, recruitment. It’s a broad brief, but as the team grows, we would expect this to […]

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Pitching Potential; Dynamic Combat Music in Sunless Sea
Jul 15, 12:00am

[This is a guest post by Meghann O'Neill, who wrote the dynamically generated combat music for Sunless Sea.] Hi, My name is Meghann, or you may know me from Failbetter’s forums as Firky; after Firkraag, the red dragon in Baldur’s Gate 2. Let me introduce myself by saying that I play a lot of games, […]

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A Sightseer’s Guide to Sunless Sea, part five
Jul 10, 12:00am

Being a handy series of illustrated guides for voyagers of the Unterzee. Not tried Sunless Sea yet? Get it here. The Bound Shark The most tormented of zee-beasts. Its murderous eyes peep from its caged flesh like convicts begging release. The Angler Crab  “We long hypothesised, from the still-glimmering corpse of this vast decapod, that it […]

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Jul 14, 5:18pm

The Verge on Sunless Sea and Fallen London: "A wonderful update to the original game":

Jul 14, 9:17am

"It's still coming together, but the pieces that are already in place are brilliant." Eurogamer on Sunless Sea:

Jul 13, 12:55pm

We have never understood your fondness for gold. So much gaudier than the human heart, and infinitely less delicious.

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