Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is Developer Frogwares Origin Story of The Great Detective

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One takes the world's greatest detective back to his roots, as developer Frogwares digs into his origin story.

After taking a detour into the world of H.P. Lovecraft with The Sinking City, developer Frogwares is back with another Sherlock Holmes game. However, unlike previous adventures, this one will take gamers back to before The Great Detective was a known commodity. In the vein of something like Batman: Year One, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is the origin story of the world’s most famous consulting detective.

Taking players back to Sherlock’s roots presents some interesting options for Frogwares. Notably, Holmes is less world-weary and perhaps a bit more arrogant in his abilities. Chapter One is also of the few games in Frogwares’ series to take the game out of London, giving them more freedom to build a world. For this go-around, Sherlock will travel back to the mysterious island he used to call home. In an interview with Gamespot, the developers said “(their) goal is to show the events that will shape Sherlock as a great detective”, and the early footage points to just that.

We see Sherlock grieving over his mother’s grave at the start of the trailer. From there, the footage continues to give you the vibe that this will be a relatively dark game. It certainly looks to be a game that forces you to make tough decisions as move throughout its narrative.

Like The Sinking City, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One‘s world is much more open-ended than past Sherlock games. You’ll be able to move about the town, blend into crowds with different disguises, and even engage in the odd spat or two as you try to uncover the island’s mysteries. Chapter One definitely looks like a game worth paying attention to.

Look for Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One to release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X sometime in 2021.

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Ricky Frech

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