Upcoming Remake of Lovecraft-Inspired “Sherlock Holmes The Awakened” to Feature a “Substantial Rewrite”
Ukrainian developer Frogwares has so far managed to dodge the recent volleys of Russian bullets and bombs and keep their noses to the grindstone for Sherlock Holmes The Awakened.
Originally released in 2006, this new version of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is considered a full remake from the ground up. That means assets created in Unreal Engine 4 and a “substantial rewrite.” (Uh-oh)
The game is an H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu-inspired horror adventure in which a young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson must solve a “psyche-shattering” missing person case that quickly expands into a full supernatural conspiracy.
Here’s the official breakdown of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened from Frogwares, followed by the latest gameplay trailer:
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is a Cthulhu meets Sherlock Holmes detective horror adventure. The game acts as a continuation of young Sherlock’s story with Holmes and Watson undertaking their first major case together.
An Eldritch god-obsessed cult is making moves in the shadows to bring about a world-altering prophecy and it’s up to the young detective duo to thwart their plans.
This is a creative take on what horror-filled and reality-breaking events could have met our heroes at such a crucial point in their lives to go on and shape them into the characters we all know they become. Delve into the trauma and fear that cements their friendship for good and the revelations that break Sherlock’s mind to create the flawed and haunted genius he is destined to be.
Piece together key moments in a crime using his imagination. Interrogate suspects to get the info you need. Connecting the clues to create possible theories to pursue. And sanity-questioning puzzles and sequences that show Sherlock ‘s state of mind falling ever deeper into ruin as he comes closer and closer to a truth that no ordinary human being could comprehend. At times Sherlock is so far gone, you will take on the role of John Watson in order to try to bring your dear friend back from the brink.
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is currently planned for a February/March 2023 release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox and Nintendo Switch. Only time will tell if the “substantial rewrite” means a more fleshed out plot that remains true to the original, or if it means “reimagined for a modern audience.”
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