Sunless Sea successor Sunless Skies has officially entered Early Access. Players can now enter the dark Victorian world of its predecessor once again, only ten years later, following “an exodus from London to the heavens.” The initial Early Access release offers 11 ports for players to dock at, stories to experience, combat to take part in, and the Hunger and Terror systems. More stories, regions, and “complexity” are set to be added over the course of Early Access.
Failbetter Games CEO and Art Director Paul Arendt had the following to say about the current state of the game.
“The current state of the Reach is set up to give players a small taste of what the final game will be like rather than a big taste of an emptier, less representational world. We wanted to focus on a more contained area, a space where we can test mood, story and mechanics.”
Failbetter Games Director of Development Liam Welton also provided a statement.
“Early Access provides us with that pivotal indication on whether the direction we’ve set for the game is the right one. It gives us early warning on what people don’t like, what people would like to see more of, and what could use further development.”