Acclaimed role-playing game Fallen London is coming to iOS this year, Eurogamer reveals. The news comes after Failbetter Games put out a hiring call for mobile app developers earlier this month.
Chosen as The Escapist’s Best Browser Game in 2009, Fallen London has continued to garner praise from players for its ever-expanding story.
Fallen London takes place in an alternate universe of London in the 1800s. A mysterious disaster has left the city underground. Residents rub shoulders with devils and all manner of strange beings.
In 2013, developer Failbetter Games launched a successful Kickstarter to make Sunless Sea, a strategy role-playing game set in the Fallen London universe. It was wildly successful. Since the launch of Sunless Sea, the user base of Fallen London has apparently doubled, according to Eurogamer’s report.
Like the browser game, the mobile version of Fallen London will be free-to-play. But players have the option to purchase actions and stories that will add to the experience. Players spend actions to advance through “storylets,” chunks of narrative that make up the sprawling mass of the game.
Going mobile seems like the perfect move for a game that thrives on getting players to engage in short bursts.
Jason Kapalka, co-founder of PopCap games, is working with Failbetter Games to bring Fallen London to iOS. As a player, I’m very excited about this move. Failbetter Games has proven they know how to do free-to-play well.
“We’re a creatively-driven company who want to give players exquisite experiences—and respecting our players’ time and investment has allowed us to do just that,” Alexis Kennedy of Failbetter Games told Eurogamer in their story.
You can play Fallen London right now online. Players will reportedly be able to continue their games from browser to phone.