The next Sherlock Holmes game has been revealed today as a "full remake and substantial rewrite" of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, which was first released for PC back in 2007 by Frogwares. The studio is also handling this remake.
It sounds like a pretty massive overhaul, featuring a whole bunch of major changes. Frogwares says it's basically rebuilding the game from scratch to work in Unreal Engine 4, using new assets (or assets from Sherlock Holmes Chapter One) along with new gameplay features, new voice acting, new cutscenes and much more.
"It’s essentially an entirely new game with only the underlying story in the cases staying more or less intact."
In terms of the "substantial rewrite", the game's narrative is being adapted "to be a direct continuation of our young Sherlock history". That means while it's still focused on Holmes and Watson, the timeline shift ensures Watson is just an acquaintance at this point, and the new version of the game is intended to be their first major case together.
There's no release date yet, and the Ukrainian development team is actually currently running a Kickstarter campaign to secure more funding for the title, explaining that they want to "safeguard the overall funding of the game" and "handle any hurdles we could face as this war evolves".
The Awakened remake sees a young Sherlock take on his first major case alongside his newly acquainted sidekick, John Watson. What seems like a straightforward case of a missing person quickly spirals into a web of conspiracies by a nefarious cult that worships the eldritch god Cthulhu and are attempting to bring about an ancient prophecy.
The game will take the detective duo across 4 locations – Victorian London, a Swiss psych ward, the New Orleans bayous, and the Scottish Highlands - as they try to separate reality from the supernatural while trying to put a stop to these shadowy madmen.
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