Ukrainian Studio Frogwares Explains Why It Has Turned To Kickstarter For Its Next Sherlock Holmes Game

Ukrainian Studio Frogwares Explains Why It Has Turned To Kickstarter For Its Next Sherlock Holmes Game

The Ukrainian studio Frogwares announces Sherlock Holmes The Awakened, a remake for 2023 that they are developing for the first time through Kickstarter to have a safety net in these uncertain times and be helped by their fans.

Frogwares It’s one of the Ukrainian video game studios best known around the world. Since its foundation in 2000, they have released nearly twenty games on all platforms, mainly adventure and investigation games inspired by the work of HP Lovecraft or Conan Doyle.

Your next game is Sherlock Holmes: The Awakeneda remake of his own game from 2006 that is scheduled to be released in 2023 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The first details of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened came out last week, and today we have the first trailer, plus a video blog from the studio explaining why they have decided, for the first time in their history, turn to Kickstarter to finance the game.


Sherlock Holmes The Awakened – Trailer

Frogwares explains that, under normal conditions, they would never have had a problem financing their next game with the sales of the previous one, as they have been doing for 20 years. But Ukraine’s war with Russia It has caused new challenges for the studio, which returned to work as soon as they could to keep the economy afloat.

Some of its members are even serving in the army or in humanitarian aid associations. Frogwares headquarters is in kyiv, a city far from the front but on which Russian bombs have also fallen.

this uncertainty (not being able to make long-term plans, for example) has led them to the decision to make a Kickstarter to have a safety net that guarantees them that they can finish the game (which being a remake of a game from 2006, is less ambitious than their last open world games, such as Sherlock Hokmes Chapter One).


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Making this decision will help us focus on stronger narrative and gameplay. We will have room to work on what our fans like the most: the atmosphere, the story, the world-building and the detective work“.

But Frogwares cites another reason: they want to be helped by their fans. They know that, after so many years making games (this is the tenth Sherlock Holmes game, which they have interspersed with others like The Sinking City), they have a very close group of fans and they want give them the opportunity to help them and have their names and photos appear in the creditsin addition to offering them some digital rewards.

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As for the game, it will be an exploration adventure set narratively after the prequel Chapter One, in which Watson did not appear.

It is indeed, the story that makes Watson and Holmes go from simple roommates to close friendsand the only adventure that Watson did not want to make public…

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Sherlock Holmes The Awakened has a Frogwares original story with supernatural touches inspired by Lovecraft. The script will be expanded in this remake, and will narrate his investigation of a devoted cult of Cthulhunothing less.

Frogwares hopes to release Sherlock Holmes The Awakened in mid 2023“if not sooner”, on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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