Last week, I wrote about early details on the remake of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakening. There were some brief story details, and a promise of a crowdfunding campaign and trailer to come soon. Well, soon is here, the Kickstarter is live, and the trailer has dropped!
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakening is a mashup of Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft. The first trailer shows Holmes and Watson running for their lives thanks to a “misunderstanding” that has made the Sheriff’s Department hunt them down. They manage to escape despite some near misses from shotguns. They escape deep into the swamps (it’s set in New Orleans so this would probably be the bayou). But something is off, and Holmes is losing his grip on reality.
Cthulhu meets Sherlock Holmes in this detective horror story. The game is a continuation of Sherlock: Chapter One, and the plot has been altered to have it fit with that game despite The Awakened originally being released far before Chapter One. An Eldritch god-obsessed cult is trying to bring about a world-altering prophecy, and Holmes and Watson must thwart the evil plans. The story delves into the trauma and fear that cements the friendship, and relegations break Sherlock’s mind and created the haunted genius we all know and love.
The developer, Frogwares has also released a lengthy video update about the game. It is based in Ukraine, and the team explains why it’s using Kickstarter, how everyone is dealing with the war, and more on what the game will be. There is also some work-in-progress footage not seen in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened’s first trailer.
The game’s Kickstarter campaign has bonuses for those who pledge now instead of waiting for the game’s launch. First off, the game costs less. There’s a supporter tier, which is basically a small amount of money for a thank you note. After that, tiers all include the game. The lowest, the private eye, tier includes a digital copy of the game, pre-launch exclusive outfits, digital wallpapers, a place in the credits, and a thank you note. Further tiers include things like the soundtrack, a digital art book, DLC side quests, beta access, the backer’s portrait in the game, and more. All downloadable rewards will be made available for players to purchase as a later date.
Developed and published by Frogwares, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened will be released for PC via Steam/GOG/Epic, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will not be available in Asia. It is expected to be released in mid-2023.