Publisher Bigben Interactive and developer Frogwares have revealed the latest instalment in their well-liked adventure series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The new game, titled Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, will be released in Spring of 2016 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
As with the last few entries in the series, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will focus on branching story lines, allowing players to investigate a mystery from multiple angles. Players can miss clues, accuse the wrong suspect and even put the wrong person behind bars. The game contains five cases, each with its own distinct story line and character as well as a large area of terrain that can be freely traversed.
The game includes enhanced graphics compared to its predecessors’ and will also feature action sequences, a new direction from the usual point and click style game play in previous games. The press release announcing the game also teases that “for the first time in his storied career, Sherlock Holmes’ ruthless logic is overwhelmed by family stories, irresistible emotions and an occult revenge.”
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is the eleventh installment in the series, which is referred to as Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a whole. Frogwares efforts with the master detective go back to Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy, a 2003 PC exclusive title that was eventually ported to the Nintendo DS and the Wii in 2009. In 2004, the developer released a follow-up titled Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring, which was also a PC exclusive but eventually came to the Wii in 2011.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened was released in 2007, followed by Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin in 2008, both PC exclusive, as well as a casual game titled Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet. In 2009, the series made its first appearance on consoles with Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper, which was released on the Xbox 360 and PC.
In 2010, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House was released exclusively for the Nintendo DS. In 2012, the series debuted on a PlayStation console for the first time with The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, which also came out for the PC and the Xbox 360 accompanied by a Nintendo 3DS title called Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City.
The last release in the series was Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PlayStation 4; this is the first game to be released for current generation consoles. With Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter set to release next year, 2016 should be a big year for Frogwares. Their H.P. Lovecraft inspired game Call of Cthulu is set for release soon as well.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will be further revealed at Paris Games Week next week.