Sunless Sea Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of game is Sunless Sea?

Sunless Sea is a nautical, story-driven roguelike about survival, exploration and loneliness. You can read more here or here.

What are the minimum system requirements?

You’ll need at least a 2Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 700MB of available hard disk space, and a 1280 x 768 screen.  And Windows XP, or Mac OS X 10.6, or a later version of either.

What does ‘Get New Stories’ do?  Is it the same as downloading a patch?

They’re different.  Patches make changes to the software.  They fix compatibility issues, improve the interface, and add new features.  ‘Get New Stories’ downloads the latest content: stuff like balance tweaks, new trade goods and extra stories. We add new content much more often than we release patches.  If you’re playing the Humble Bundle version, you’ll need to download each patch and install it.  If you’re playing on Steam, it will happen automatically.

Do the Steam and Humble Bundle versions share the same save files?

Yes.  If you switch from the Humble Bundle version to Steam, you can continue with your existing saves.  And it works the other way around, too.

Will there be DLC?

There’ll be at least one, because of a Kickstarter stretch goal.  It will add submarines, diving teams, and the ability to explore the depths of the sea.

I got a copy of the game through Kickstarter/pre-ordered/bought an Early Access copy.  Will I have to pay for the DLC?

No.  If you’re in any of those categories, we’ll give you a copy of any DLC we release.

I found a bug!  Where can I report it?

sunlesssea@failbettergames.com.  If you’re reporting a crash, black screen or graphics issue, it would really help us out if you could attach your output log.

Where can I find my output log?

If you’re using Windows, find your Sunless Sea directory and open the Sunless_Sea_Data folder.  If you’re using a Mac, it’s a little more complicated.  We’ve posted a guide, here.

I returned to London but got no terror reduction/couldn’t meet the Blind Bruiser/couldn’t hire any new recruits.  Is this a bug?

All of these require the Something Awaits You quality.  You get it automatically after spending a certain amount of time at sea.  Once that happens, a lamp icon will appear above the log. If you visited a nearby port like Hunter’s Keep, you may not have been at sea long enough to get the quality.  We may do some tuning on the timing in subsequent builds to make this less likely.

I failed an easy challenge five times in a row. Is your random number generator really random?

Leaving aside some highly technical qualifications — yes, it is. Randomness is streaky.  There are so many individually unlikely possibilities that, if you play often, you will almost certainly encounter some of them.

If that doesn’t convince you, you can take a look at this scatter graph of ten thousand randomly generated numbers from Sunless Sea. Should you wish to subject it to statistical analysis, we’ve also made the raw data available on Pastebin. We’d be amazed if you find anything out of the ordinary, though (apart from the outline of a wallaby visible on the top left).

I sign into Fallen London using Facebook or Twitter.  Is there a way for me to link Sunless Sea to my Fallen London account?

Yes!  Log into Fallen London and go to your account settings (there’s a link at the top right).  Link an email address to your Fallen London account and use this email for Sunless Sea.

Will there be a Linux version?

Sunless Sea is now available for Linux from your store of choice: Steam, Humble or GoG.

Will there be a console version?

This is something we’re looking at, but we don’t know yet.

Will you release a translation into Spanish/Russian/Italian/Portuguese?

Almost certainly not. There are about a quarter of a million words in Sunless Sea, and we’re still periodically adding more. We’ve reluctantly reached the conclusion that it just isn’t practical.

We are still considering whether we can open up the text for modding: players would then be able to make and share unofficial translations.

Is there a wiki?

Yes.  It’s here.

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

Almost certainly. You’re also welcome to monetise the videos. But please don’t use it for anything naughty or unlawful. If you like the game, we’d appreciate a link to our Steam page, too.

I’m a journalist.  How can I get in touch with you?

You can reach us at press@failbettergames.com.