How a cult-hit browser game spawned the dark world of ‘Sunless Sea’

The nightmares won’t go away. It’s been a few days out here in the vast darkness of the sea, and I’ve started hallucinating about bats and other terrors. Meanwhile, my crew is scared, we’re running low on fuel, and I’ve had to switch off the lights to avoid the prowling giant crabs. At this rate, I’m not sure if it’s the monsters that will be the end of us or if we’ll simply starve to death, but it turns out to be neither: a mutiny takes down the ship in a sinking blaze of glory. Better luck next time.

The bleak-yet-charming Sunless Sea only recently launched on Steam, but the RPG is the continuation of a universe that’s been going on for years. It’s the follow-up to Fallen London, a text-based browser game that takes place in a London…

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