Sunless Skies given January 31 release date

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Top-down steampunk adventure Sunless Skies (opens in new tab), the follow-up to the atmospheric Sunless Sea (opens in new tab), will be out on January 31, developer Failbetter Games has confirmed.

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When it entered Early Access last year, Sunless Skies was due to release in May of this year, but developer lay-offs pushed that back into 2019. That has given it plenty of time to add new terrifying regionscomplete with tentacled beasts, giant spider-like creatures and a crumbling Big Ben—and overhaul combat (opens in new tab).

If you haven't heard much about it before, then I recommend reading Andy's thoughts after spending time with it last year (opens in new tab). Basically, you pilot a steam locomotive through the stars, stopping at ports to talk to various characters, stock up on supplies and learn more about the mysterious world.

You can expect top-down combat, survival elements—resources can be scarce—and, most importantly, lots of stories to dive into. I've enjoyed what I've played of the Early Access version so far, and it captures much of the sense of discovery and freedom that Sunless Sea did.

The Steam page is here (opens in new tab) and the GOG page is here (opens in new tab). The Early Access version is available for $24.99/£18.99 on Steam, or a bit more on GOG, and the dev team have previously said that the price will stay the same on full release.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.