Sherlock Holmes: The Devil is Elementary Details

Posted on 05 Mar 2016 by
L Coulsen

Following the well earned success of their previous Sherlock Holmes outing, Crimes and Punishments, which took the series into a fully three dimensional world. Frogwares, now teamed up with the internationally renowned Bigben Interactive (not a British company, interestingly enough) to bring a brand new chapter which seems to be pitting our intrepid investigator against Lucifer himself.

Entitled The Devil’s Daughter this latest instalment is not, as I previously postulated, anything at all to do with Holmes’ sometimes foil and almost live interest, Irene Adler. It is, in fact, exactly what the title suggests. A female child of the goat legged, horny old demon. Or is it?

Though Frogwares’ previous Holmes titles have been almost entirely original content, they have kept true to the source material. Which, on more than one occasion, set up supernatural elements which were promptly, unambiguously set straight with that selfsame trademark, self-assured flair which has led to Sir Conan Doyle’s literary super sleuth retaining such a revered position in our social consciousness.

Although, Frogwares’ Holmes has also dabbled in a touch of the Cthulhu mythos in his time, the library at the players’ disposal in Crimes and Punishments contained some entries as a nod to this fact. So it is not outside the realm of possibilities that the Elder God could have something to do with this too. Something which would tie in nicely with the fact that 221C Baker Street is now residence to an apparent clairvoyant. Presumably the gentleman seen chasing the titular daughter in the above trailer.

What strikes me most about this is the frequent flashes of apparent occult paraphernalia related to the items young Katelyn is carrying. Perhaps Holmes will engage the services of his erstwhile neighbour during the course of his investigations. Despite his general rejection of all things supernatural, his intellectual curiosity would be truly piqued by the possibility to subject such claims to his exacting, scientific methodology.

It will be interesting, also, to see if any of the original literature makes its way into the game. Just as Crimes and Punishments featured a case taken directly from Sir Conan Doyle’s, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, perhaps The Devil’s Daughter will do the same. The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot in which a whole family is found to have seemingly, simultaneously, died of fright. Or The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire which seems to revolve around a foreign (Peruvian) woman drinking the blood of her infant son. Either would fit in perfectly, either to further reinforce the fact that everything in the Holmes universe has a rational, scientific explanation. Or to contrast the fact that, this time, there really is something otherworldly at play.

Or both. And that latter possibility most intrigues me as it certainly seems to align with what we have been shown, and told, so far. Ultimately though, it seems we must wait a few more months to know for certain as The Devil’s Daughter is set to release May 27th for Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbone.

Until then, we have the previously mentioned trailer, some new screenshots and the foreboding question “Could she (Katelyn) have discovered the dark truth about her family?” and the promise that Holmes purpose will not be, as it always was before, to unearth a secret, but rather to keep one. So, judge for yourselves and join me waiting with baited breath.

Official Press Release

Lesquin (France), March 1st, 2016 – Videogame publisher and distributor Bigben Interactive and Frogwares Game Development Studio are today proud to unveil the new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, the adventure game that will be released May 27th on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, the eighth in the videogame series developed by Frogwares, is a unique adventure game that blends exploration, investigation and action for a breath-taking and fantastic playing experience.

This cinematic trailer, called A Mystic Tripwas produced by the studio UNIT Image, who has received numerous technical and artistic awards for the excellence of their CGI films.

What led young Katelyn to 221B Baker Street? Could she have discovered the dark truth about her family? And who is the charming clairvoyant who has moved in to 221C? Is there room for séances and occult rituals in the bastion of logic and rationalism?

For the first time in his prestigious career, the most illustrious of detectives must fight not to reveal a secret, but to keep one…

In Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughteryou play as the master detective himself, plunged against his will into a fantastic adventure brimming with intense action sequences for an interactive experience that is more immersive than ever. The mysteries follow one after another, the clues pile up, trails intersect, the hypotheses contradict… Will you be able to guide Sherlock Holmes to the incredible final revelation?

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