Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened gets its first gameplay trailer


Developer Frogwares has been making Sherlock Holmes games for yonks now, and last year’s Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One was well received by gamers and critics alike.

The studio is also at work on Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, which is a remake of their earlier 2007 game of the same name.

And those who are looking forward to the release of this Sherlock Holmes game will be pleased to know that The Awakened recently got its first gameplay trailer, letting fans and newcomers take a peek at the game in action.

As in the 2007 original, the Cthulhu Mythos features prominently in the game’s story, because while Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Watson begin the story tackling a missing persons case, this soon leads them to a nefarious cult which worships the god Cthulhu… There’s also an ancient prophecy involved here, which means there could be plenty of mystery to enjoy in the game’s Lovecraftian-inspired story for sure…

However, developer Frogware’s has retconned some elements of the original’s story – and it now features younger versions of both Holmes and Watson in order to continue the origin story theme of last year’s Sherlock Holmes Chapter One game.

Also, the third-person perspective (which was added to the 2008 remaster of the original game) is also present in this remake, which can also be played in first-person as seen in the trailer below.

The game will take place across a series of locations including London, Louisiana and Switzerland.

This detective story will also feature some brain-teasing puzzles, and it will actually also let you play as Watson. Actually, there are points in the story in which Holmes’ mind is in such a state of disarray that you will take control of Watson, in order to bring his esteemed colleague back from the abyss…

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened will be arriving on both last-gen and new-gen consoles, as well as PC. This means that users of PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC will be able to buy and play the game. The game will also launch on the Nintendo Switch, although it’s not clear if this will be on release date or not.

The game is scheduled to launch in February or March, 2023.

The thing is, it’s not a certainty that this Sherlock Holmes game will meet its projected release window, taking into account that Frogwares studio is based in Ukraine. According to the studio, the ongoing war in Ukraine has “made regular work a challenge for the team”.

Nonetheless, here’s hoping that this good-looking Sherlock Holmes adventure does make its release date, and that it turns out to be as good as earlier Sherlock Holmes games by the studio when it arrives next year.