Sunless Skies FAQ

Last updated 12th November 2018

When will Sunless Skies be released?

31st January 2019.

What does Early Access / Games in Development mean?

Early Access / Games in Development means that this game is not complete, but you are able to buy it now and support us while we develop it. If you are not excited to play this game in its unfinished state, then please wait to buy the game when it is fully-released.

What kind of game is Sunless Skies?

Sunless Skies is a gothic horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling for PC, Mac and Linux.

You can purchase the game either on Steam or GOG.

What can I currently do in Sunless Skies?

Sunless Skies is very close to completion. Many stories are complete. Saves from the current build onwards will be supported after launch. There is one more update coming on the 19th of December, before we launch on 31st January.

What else are you adding before launch?

  • A complete redesign of the user interface, beautifying the reading experience
  • Smuggling
  • Player weapons
  • Tutorial tips
  • Remaining officer storylines and ambitions
  • The Blue Kingdom region, including all of its ports, discoveries, spectacles and agents


I found a bug! / I have feedback! Where do I send it?

Please first check out our Known Issues page and our Bug Formatting page, then send directly to skies@failbettergames.com! If you’d like to join more general discussions about the game or its gameplay, you can visit any of our forums: Steam, GOG, Reddit, Discord or the Failbetter Sunless Skies forum.

I am a Kickstarter Backer but I haven’t received my key, what do I do?

Be sure your Backer Survey is filled out (log into Kickstarter and you’ll see a reminder at the top of the page) and then email skies@failbettergames.com along with your backer number please!

What are the minimum system requirements?

  • OS: Windows XP SP2+ / OS X 10.9+ / Ubuntu 12.04+ / SteamOS+
  • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities

What controls are currently available? / What about accessibility features?

Sunless Skies currently supports keyboard and mouse and wired controllers. We’re working on some issues with wireless controllers which we hope to resolve for launch. We’re also planning additional accessibility features before launch, including the ability to set your own challenge level for combat.

Will it be coming out on Switch / PS4 / mobile etc?

Right now our main focus is on finishing the game and making sure it’s a delight to play.

Will you release a translation into Russian/Chinese/Spanish?

While we’d love to localise Sunless Skies into all sorts of languages, we’re only releasing the game in English. When you consider the word count of our games, our distinct Failbetter style, the admin burden and the technical challenges involved, localisation isn’t a straightforward option for us. We’d like to explore localisation for future projects!

I want to record a let’s play or a first impressions video of your game. Is it okay for me to stream or upload footage?

Great! Yes please. Do tweet us when you go live and we’ll drop by if we can. You’re also welcome to monetise the videos for any of our games. We’d appreciate a link to our Steam page, if you’re able!

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We’re planning a big charity launch event that involves streamers. We hope you’ll get involved!

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