Frogwares has announced that Sherlock Holmes The Awakened, their Holmes vs Cthulhu game, has been delayed by a few weeks.
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is a new version of Frogwares’ own 2008 game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, which introduces the detective to the world of H.P. Lovecraft. But the company has done much more than just remove the colon, its remade it from scratch. It also now acts as a sequel of sorts to the excellent Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One.
We took a look at it in January and came away impressed and more than a little unsettled. In our preview, we remarked that, “The world may not be as big as it was in Chapter One, but thanks to its Lovecraftian influences, it’s perhaps more alluring than ever.”
Still, we can wait a few more weeks. Besides which, Frogwares have one hell of an excuse for delaying the game till late March / early April. The developer’s headquarters are in Kyiv, Ukraine, a country that’s currently being invaded by Russia.
“We’ve been trying really hard to make our planned release window, but the near-daily interruptions of electricity, on top of the missile attacks that come every 10 days or so, meant we had to replan everything… Once we feel we are maybe a month away from release, we’ll be able to announce our exact release date.”
If anything, it’s astonishing the developer has manage to create a game under those circumstances, in less than a year. Could there be more delays? It’s possible but given that many of the team are developing a game in a war zone, there are bigger things to worry about.
The studio has also put out a video explaining the delay, which you can watch above. The video also features a few glimpses of new gameplay, including footage of the game running on the Switch.
Sherlock Holmes The Awakened will arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.