Sunless Skies is getting an upgraded Sovereign Edition

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Next year, steampunk explore-em-up Sunless Skies (opens in new tab) will be coming to consoles in an expanded edition that will also be made available on PC as a free upgrade to those who already own it. The Sovereign Edition (opens in new tab) will include more options for how to deal with a starving crew, among other changes. "As their desperation grows, you’ll be able to try and eat a variety of unwise, unpleasant or tragic things", according to narrative director Chris Gardiner. "By that point, your mascot probably looks quite tasty,” he says.

Gardiner goes on to say, "We’re overhauling the character progression user interface, and introducing a range of new Facets to define your captain’s past. Perhaps you lost your soul (and found it again), or attended a seance. Perhaps you have a hobby, or are close to rats, Devils, spies or Rubbery Men. Experienced captains will be able to continue to raise their stats even after reaching the level cap, extending the late game experience."

There will also be "new opportunities for traders to exploit, and a new exotic engine to acquire, which skilled players in particular may find rewarding. It’s a big, exciting update which we like to imagine will be the jewel in Sunless Skies‘ crown."

Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition will come out in the first half of 2020, and owners of the current version should receive the upgrade automatically.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.