Failbetter Announces Mask of the Rose as Next Game

Mask of the Rose is a forthcoming visual novel set in the Fallen London universe.
Mask of the Rose is a forthcoming visual novel set in the Fallen London universe. / Photo by Failbetter Games

Failbetter Games, the studio behind Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies, announced visual novel Mask of the Rose would be its next release. The developer will launch a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the game Feb. 8.

Mark of the Rose takes place in the Victorian, esoteric, and haunting Fallen London universe — the same setting as the original Fallen London game and both Sunless games. Months after a swarm of bats carried the entirety of London underground, players find themselves living in a boarding house. There they'll meet new characters and embark on a quest for friendship and romance.

"The art of the Mask of the Rose draws on Film Noir, Victorian photography and Blitz-era Britain, and is an evolution of the Fallen London universe's painterly style, keeping the atmosphere of the original but with more detail and depth," Failbetter said in its announcement. The developer also says the game will be a more personal take on the world.

Failbetter said it was working on a second project, but revealed few details beyond that it would depart from previous releases both in terms of setting and mechanics.