After creating its own IP with The Sinking City, developer Frogwares has announced that it will be returning to what it does best with a new entry in the Sherlock Holmes saga. It's titled Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One and it's coming to both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 next year. Check out the reveal trailer above.
In an interview with GameSpot, the studio states that this is a prequel to both Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments and Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, featuring an open world city for you to explore. "Set in the early years of the detective's career, the game casts you as a 21-year-old Sherlock Holmes who returns to his Mediterranean island hometown following his mother's death. After reacquainting himself with the island, his family manor, and the enigmatic companion Jonathan--who is definitely not Watson--he'll discover that the town has got some secrets, and he'll use his budding yet still brilliant detective skills to uncover a larger conspiracy at work."
Chapter One actually takes place outside of London, a rarity for the character, and will include an open-ended approach to solving mysteries. The Mind Palace returns to play host to the clues you uncover, but you'll start to source them from different secrets and events. Combat will also return with a focus on hand-to-hand fights rather than the gunplay which felt particularly lacklustre in The Sinking City.
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