One of the most popular and enduring fictional characters of all time will make his way to the PC and consoles in September when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective stars in The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve had my eye on the title for some time, but with very little in the way of news leaking out, I haven’t had the chance to bring it to your attention. The team at Frogwares has been working on the title for three years, with it being the sixth entry in their The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series. It is the first to be developed specifically for the consoles and, as such, much work has gone into creating a new engine and gameplay mechanics to take advantage of them.
The game will feature a story quite as dark as any seen in Doyle’s original series as Holmes finds himself incriminated in a number of crimes, unable to prove his innocence. Scotland Yard, London and even the estimable Doctor Watson are losing their faith in the detective as he descends to ever more confusing behaviour, as he seeks to clear his name. The plot promises to explore Holmes as a character and his relationships with those that surround him. It sounds very interesting, if not in keeping with the original stories, but that much can be forgiven if it is well-written enough.
It will feature an open-world, where players can decide what leads to follow and ignore as they seek to solve the crimes. In many ways, it seems to be reminiscent of last year’s L.A. Noire, as you will be solving puzzles, interrogating witnesses and engaging in hand-to-hand combat throughout. Later in the game, you will even have the chance to play as Watson and determine whether the ever more brutal methods being attributed to him are indeed the work of Holmes.
The graphics and voice work may not be exceedingly impressive, but something tells me that this is a game well worth keeping an eye on. Again, it will be available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in September, with a more concrete date yet to be nailed down.