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Failbetter Games to Develop New Title in Fallen London Universe

Friday, December 4, 2020
Mask of the Rose

Failbetter Games, developer of the popular Sunless Skies and Sunless Sea video games, has announced Mask of the Rose, a forthcoming title set in the same Fallen London universe. It will be a “romantic visual novel” that serves as a prequel to the other games.

The story “follows the lodgers in a boarding house a few months after Victorian London has been transported underground,” said creative director Emily Short. “There’s no sunlight. Not all of your new neighbours are human. Parliament is underwater, and the mysterious Masters of the Bazaar are now in charge. The story is about how you all adjust to a world that works differently from everything you’re used to ”“ and the friendships and romances you form while there.”

Artistic influences will include film noir, Victorian photography, and Blitz-era Britain.

The developer is planning a Kickstarter campaign for the game in February 2021. It’s set for release in 2022.

Mask of the Rose is one of two new games Failbetter has in the works, but the developer is keeping quiet about the second one. “We can say that its game mechanics are very different from our past work, and that it takes place in a new setting,” said CEO Adam Myers. Learn more on the developer’s website.

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