Frogwares has announced a remake of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened, which came out in 2007, And this one is a full-fat, ground-up job, with none of the original code or anything.
Frogwares has put the project on Kickstarter, and it will be live soon. This will be of special interest to Sherlock Holmes nerds, but also Lovecraft dweebs. Sherlock Holmes The Awakened was a cross between the two. It centred on the eponymous detective’s efforts to investigate some Cthulhu-like happenings.
The new game will use Unreal Engine 4. And, Frogwares will resuse assets from the recent Sherlock Holmes Chapter One. It’s an ingenious plan, if you ask me. Frogwares will also rewrite much of the game, too.
If you have played The Sinking City, then it will come as no surprise that this earlier game encompassed the obsessions of those at Frogwares in similar fashion. Detectives, tentacular menaces from beyond the cosmos: it’s all there.
In VideoGamer’s review of The Sinking City, I said:
“It’s hard enough to thread a decent narrative through a non-linear land, let alone what The Sinking City proposes: a joint venture of cosmic horror, story, and the steady, mounting satisfaction of an investigation. . . . The Sinking City is well worth playing for the initial rhythm of its casework and the freshness of its setting, but its mechanics, like its mystery, end up flooded.”
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. When it is coming will depend on that Kickstarter.