Sunless Skies

A 2D, top-down RPG with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling, in Sunless Skies you are the captain of a steam locomotive, eking out an existence from port to port with your crew, smuggling and trading where you can, hoping to find wealth, fame, or the truth: why are the stars going out?

It is the dawn of the 20th century, and London has taken to the stars! As the captain of a spacefaring locomotive you’ll behold wonders and battle cosmic abominations in the furthest heavens. Stake your claim. Fight to survive. Speak to storms. Murder a sun. Face judgement.

The stars are alive. They are the Judgements: vast intelligences that govern all things. But they are dying. One by one, something is snuffing them out, leaving their thrones empty.

Unfettered by trivial things like gravity, the Empire’s ambition is savage. They have built a new Sun. The Empress reigns from the Throne of Hours, which gives her control over time.

Your Captain and crew must carve out a life between the stars. Will you support her majesty and the establishment, or the working class rebels who yearn for freedom from the Workworlds?

Learn who you are, in the dark. Die, and leave the world the way you want it for your successor…

Sunless Skies tells the story of one possible future of the Fallen London Universe. Ten years have passed since Sunless Sea, and Queen Victoria has led an exodus from London to the heavens. There, a revitalised British Empire – ambitious and authoritarian – begins to expand across the skies.

Travel between distant ports, unravelling stories, bearing passengers and news, and trading in exotic celestial cargoes. In Sunless Skies, you will leave your mark on the universe, and be marked in return. Every decision is a story, and every story has a consequence.


  • Multiple, intertwining stories with a depth and richness unlike anything else in games, inspired by CS Lewis, Jules Verne, HP Lovecraft and HG Wells.
  • Lush, hand-drawn 2d art.
  • Four giant regions to explore: celestial wilderness, impossible industrial empire, pagan midnight expanse, and the mysterious Blue Kingdom.
  • A choice of play styles: build a lineage of captains as each dies, or reload your most recent captain and continue.
  • Key remapping and full controller support.

Sunless Skies follows Failbetter Games’ indie hit Sunless Sea, though it’s not necessary to play Sunless Sea before embarking on an expedition into the skies.

Now available for PC, Mac and Linux on Steam or GOG, Sunless Skies offers the unique combination of a choice-based written narrative, RPG elements and exciting combat in a personalised steam-powered locomotive. Visit the Failbetter Games website for further information about Sunless Skies and their other award-winning games.

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