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Announcing Our Next Game: Mask of the Rose

By Sara Veal, December 2, 2020 · Failbetter Fallen London General Update

For a while now, we’ve been working on a couple of new projects.  Today we’re very excited to announce the first of them!

Mask of the Rose
is a romantic visual novel and prequel to all our other games set in the Fallen London universe.

Mask of the Rose takes place in 1862, mere months after London was stolen by bats. Londoners are still adjusting to life underground. The old street signs are being erased. New ministries and new festivals are being established. The mysterious Masters of the Bazaar seem to be in charge.

You share your boarding house with a few other lodgers: Archie, a medical student discovering firsthand that Death works differently here. Griselda, a close aide of the new Masters. Horatia, the landlady with a soft spot for the Neath’s native inhabitants. Harjit, the local constable looking for a missing person of his own.

As you make a new life below, you may find yourself visiting the underwater ruins of Parliament; intervening in a murder trial where the victim is a witness; or steering a hooded, vocabularious Master through the subtleties of a London courtship. However you choose to live in the Neath, you have your own friendships – and your own heart – to look after.

The art of Mask of the Rose draws on Film Noir, Victorian photography and Blitz-era Britain, and is an evolution of the Fallen London universe’s painterly style, keeping the atmosphere of the original but with more detail and depth.

If you’re a fan of the Fallen London universe, Mask of the Rose offers a glimpse of events we’ve never shown before, as part of a more personal story. You will get to explore the origins of beloved characters and institutions, as well as encounter brand new mysteries. Mask of the Rose is also an excellent introduction for players just getting started with the Fallen London universe.

We’ll be running a Kickstarter campaign for Mask of the Rose in February 2021 – sign up on our Kickstarter page to be notified when the campaign goes live, and join our Discord or forums to discuss the announcement!

What about Sunless Skies Sovereign Edition?

With our porting partner, we’ve submitted builds for certification on all three console platforms. This is the process in which Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft sign off on them as ready for release. We don’t know exactly how long it will take, and it’s common for certification to throw up a few issues, but this puts us in striking distance of a release!

Much of the work on the console editions is being done by an external team who’re much more experienced with porting games than we are. We finished the parts we were well placed to complete some time ago, enabling almost all of our team to move on to new projects.

New projects, plural?

That’s right!  We’re working on two new projects. We can’t tell you much about the other yet, but we can say that its game mechanics are very different from our past work, and that it takes place in a new setting.

Sign up via Kickstarter to be informed as soon as the Kickstarter campaign for Mask of the Rose goes live.


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StSoslan Dec 3, 6:50am

Is there even one chance that there will be a Russian translation in the game?

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Chris Dec 3, 2:04am

This made me, who couldn't play the two Sunless games really really excited!

Amanda Dec 3, 1:46am

OMG! Some of the most fun I had in Sunless Sea and Fallen London was exploring the romance options and forging intimate relationships. Can't wait for a visual novel blended with the strange tones of FL.

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Shane Hall Dec 2, 9:25pm

We need more VNs that aren't anime style or from Japan, it's a versatile and powerful medium. I don't really love the idea of it being romance FIRST, but I'll give it a shot.

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Victoria Dec 2, 8:49pm

"and prequel to all our other games set in the Fallen London universe" - hang on, Silver Tree was also set in the FL universe!

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Cinedre Dec 2, 6:22pm

Those who scoff at the idea of a Fallen London game about love stories have forgotten the true currency of the Bazaar. Very excited for this project.

MrSticks42 Dec 2, 5:57pm

It will definitely be a great new experience in the FL universe. Good luck with the Kickstarter!

DrMcCoy Dec 2, 5:42pm

Please tell me it will be gay? :)

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Chaotic Dreamer Dec 2, 5:17pm

Good job, Florence. How's it feel to be absolutely bloody ignorant? Hope you're proud of yourself. Imagine being so obsessed with the idea of a "fandom's purity" and so uneducated as to believe that a) all VNs are for anime fans, and/or b) that any sexual is inherently lowbrow. Oh, wait. You don't have to imagine that -- you're living it. Nice.

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Inryhk Dec 2, 4:37pm

Not hugely into visual romance novels but your writing and world is just so great, and every new entry since my first encounter with fallen london surprises me on so many levels. Definitely excited to give that one a try.

Hattington Dec 2, 4:36pm

I've been a weeb for years, I like a good hentai and I've enjoyed Fallen London for years too. I'm definitely excited to see FB to take on a medium I never thought I'd see them tackle! With the qualifier that knowing some other western VN-like games (The Miskatonic and We Know The Devil springs to mind) I imagine this'll be quite a novel experience.

Baron vV Dec 2, 4:09pm

This looks very intriguing, and I am looking forward to playing! Will you be supporting Linux once again?

Mr. Hats Dec 2, 4:03pm

I have to say, visual novels and romance have never been my cup of tea, and love stories have never been my interest in Fallen London. But just the prospect of getting to know more about Fallen London's lore has me hooked, and won me over with the chance of teaching the one Master with a more scrambalgated tongue than me some semi proper second hand English (likely my favorite Master). As for Florence's comment, since it bothered me too? How in the world do we get from the universally center focus of Fallen London of love stories, which even then are barely visible in the ocean of content from unionizing rats to flying locomotives, to your horny interpretation?

Quarion Dec 2, 4:00pm

Florence, please keep that to yourself. Also, this game looks great!

Deltarax Dec 2, 3:49pm

To counter what Florence said as well, this game looks absolutely fantastic! And I can’t wait to see how the best master is in the early days!

ZAD-Man Dec 2, 3:30pm

Feeling the need to comment to counter Florence's ridiculous comment - this is really intriguing, and I'm excited to play it!

Florence Dec 2, 2:43pm

Oh god, this is so cringeworthy. Are you trying to draw in the hentai-obsessed weeb audience? Not looking forward to seeing that element expand in the fandom. Looking forward to Sovereign and the two new projects!

Xederam Dec 2, 2:31pm

I'm really just glad that Best Master Husband seems to be having a starring role in this.

Cernunnas Dec 2, 1:28pm

Wow! This is so wild. Very unexpected! I can't wait to see what comes out of it (here's hoping there'll be some Master romancing... *cough* Veils *cough*).

Thighs Dec 2, 12:22pm

A visual novel is certainly not what I was expecting, but I'll chip in when the project goes live! And non-Fallen London IP? Colour me surprised! I'll be expecting it to be good, you've carried this universe for over a decade and kept me hooked; I'm sure it'll be interesting.