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Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Frogwares
Release Date: 2021

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'Sherlock Holmes Chapter One' On Track For PS5/XSX And PC, But Delayed On PS4 And Xbox One For A Few Weeks

by Rainier on Sept. 14, 2021 @ 2:02 p.m. PDT

In this story-driven detective thriller, a young Sherlock Holmes struggles to prove himself as he navigates an exotic, dangerous island in the Mediterranean to investigate the mystery of his mother’s death.

In Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, you are Sherlock – a 21 year old brilliant, but rebellious young man, itching to prove yourself. When an old wound compels you back to the Mediterranean shore where your mother died, it seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that.

But beneath the vibrant urban veneer of the island, the rhythm of the local life strikes a more ominous beat. Crime and corruption, a twisted sense of justice and morality… These are just a few stumbling-blocks in your quest for truth.

As Sherlock, your legacy is written by the decisions you make in this open world. Deception, violence, and deduction are just a few resources in your arsenal—your mysterious friend and sounding board, Jon, is another.

Whether you choose brute force to solve problems or stay one step ahead of your enemies by using your wits to spot vulnerabilities, you decide what each situation demands as you hone your investigative skills. It’s time to confront your past so you can become the legend you’re destined to be.

Frogwares have decided they want to take more time to work on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Sherlock Holmes Chapter One. Therefore PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X+S will launch this fall, but PS4 and XB1 are planned for a later date.

The decision came after extensive testing and discussion between QA, team leads, and the heads of the studio. Internally the move is seen to benefit players with a better quality game all around as well as the dev team who will now be focusing on shipping for three platforms instead of five. 

“We have a release date trailer all locked in and scheduled to air on Thursday, 16th of September, but we wanted to tell players now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game won’t be part of this first launch. We’d rather be open with you about it now than have it appear out of the blue, hidden at the end of an announcement or a trailer. We understand some players will be upset about this news, but we made the decision with you first in mind. Rest assured, we are not canceling these versions. We only need more time and a little breathing room for our team to wrap these up properly. We are talking a few weeks at most, but this is still to be seen," said Sergey Oganesyan, Communications Manager, Frogwares

The team will debut their PC and current-gen console release date trailer, alongside a 7+ minute gameplay deep-dive, on Thursday, September 16th.

Key Features:

  • The Man Before: As a cavalier young Sherlock on the precipice of adulthood, you’ll earn your reputation in a way no game or story has explored before. We’ve never seen the youthful arrogance and naiveté of the man before the legend—now you’re living it.
  • Global Investigation: You never know where your next clue will come from. Explore and exploit the entire city in your pursuit of truth, using clues, rumors, disguises, tags, and pinned evidence to build a solid case within your mind palace.
  • And Stay Down: Weapons might help you in a pinch, but there’s something to be said for style—and you have it in spades. Spot enemy vulnerabilities with your brilliant observation skills, or exploit the environment to take someone down while keeping your own hands clean.
  • A Different Jon: Before John Watson, there was a different Jon - your best and only friend. But who is he, really?
  • A Darkening Tide: Set in the 19th century, the vibrant island in the Mediterranean promises anything but paradise. Political corruption and crime run rampant while the islanders cling to tradition and eschew outsiders, making your job even more difficult.
  • Truth and Lies: There are two sides to every story, and the proud islanders have their own ideas about truth and justice. It’s up to you to decide whether uncovering the truth will do more harm than good—and how that will shape the man you’ll become.

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) this fall, followed by Xbox One and PS4 at a later time.


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