The Art of Darkness

Sunless Sea: Video Game Kickstarter

September 11th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Sunless SeaI’ve mentioned Failbetter Games’ interactive browser game Fallen London previously. Since then, they’ve done a couple of interesting things: Expanded their browser game offerings to include several new worlds (including dozens of user-created milieus) under the umbrella site StoryNexus; and set up a Kickstarter project for a PC/Mac computer game called Sunless Sea. The game is set in the same world as Fallen London, but you get to explore the vast undersea ocean that is hinted at in that game.

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. Steamships ply all the wild black zee, between the Iron Republic and the Elder Continent, between Hunter’s Keep and the Travertine Spiral and the Dawn Machine. Welcome. Delicious friend.

One of the things I like best about Fallen London is the storytelling: The phrasing is evocative and lyrical, and hints at a rich, largely hidden, backstory. The Sunless Sea project updates indicate that this game will be similar.

THE EMPIRE OF HANDS, where monkeys become kings through the theft of human souls

THE CHELONATE where the slayers of the Elder Turtle founded their home in its upturned shell

THE SEA OF LILIES where toad-oracles roam the fungus pads , offering answers in exchange for fresh flesh

THE NEW KHANATE with its dreaming-khan and its war trimarans… and its floating rebel twin-city

THE SALT LIONS where the sphinxes wait, where riddles are quarried

THE SEA OF AUTUMNS where the mists watch, where all light is faint, where the sea-beasts cannot bear the sight of their own faces

THE PORT OF WHITHER, gateway to the Pale Wastes and the North, where they answer a question with a question

ADAM’S WAY, the river that flows through the Presbyterate’s heart . Only ‘living ships’ may dare its waters

The Kickstarter runs through October 3. £10 (around $16US) gets you a copy of the game, and larger sums offer larger rewards (including exclusive content in Fallen London).

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