Although you might not have heard of Sunless Skies, almost everybody has heard of this game’s predecessor — Sunless Sea. This, itself, is among the mentioned woes and issues confronting Cartoon programmer Failbetter Games in their most recent Kickstarter upgrade for its game which paints a gloomy-yet-realistic film on the uncertainty of indie game development. The kicker of the upgrade seems like a delay for those project, and a shuttering of a more compact side project.
The news comes following a fairly uplifting Kickstarter upgrade roughly a week ago where they showed “the biggest appreciable shift to [Sunless Skies] during Early Access” for players, talking about a new area that was opening in-game. But it appears this statement was that the calm before the storm to the news which Sunless Skies was being pushed from the May 2018 launch window to a unspecified moment. Failbetter Games said they should have a launch window before February ends.
But why the delay? Among other things, Failbetter acknowledges modifications and financial problems that had the possibility of placing the studio “in a fiscal state… in danger of closing before [they] can make a second game. ” First and foremost, the Sunless Skies is proving to become less of an indie darling since Sunless Sea so far, with only 15 percent as many copies sold in comparable time intervals. Four members of this team are layed off the already-small team.
In addition, the studio laments numerous aspects on Kickstarter — the successful campaign contributed to many not purchasing the game in Historical Access, cannibalizing visibility on storefronts for Steam. In addition to this, Failbetter notes the marketplace for Early Access has changed (probably saturated) in ways that it hadn’t when Sunless Sea launched in 2014.
However, it seems that the speedbumps in Sunless Skies financing and development are also impacting other studio projects. For one, iOS along with Web-exclusive Fallen London will be shuttering the cell program in Q2, whereas the internet version is going to be re-launched following an upcoming announcement. Failbetter’s Fundbetter little narrative games finance is being retired — at least before the indie studio includes more “spare funds or bandwidth. ” Eventually, Sunless Sea will stop getting regular updates in the construct to Sunless Skies hence that the team can more regularly concentrate in their new job.
Sunless Skies is a roguelike survival exploration game, in which gamers take on a Victorian-era world. The game will be offered exclusively to PC, though it is unclear once the game will release. In the meantime, check out the Early Access trailer, under: