Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Opening

Posted on 12 May 2016 by
L Coulsen

In a video just shy of twelve minutes, Frogwares are treating us to a guided tour through the opening scenes of their latest chapter in the Sherlock Holmes series – The Devil’s Daughter. But fear not, the majority of the plot relevant stuff has been cut out, so we can experience it unspoiled on the 10th of next month. The focus, rather, is on introducing new and returning gameplay mechanics. Everything from the previous game, Crimes and Punishments, returns, but a great many of them have been enhanced. Most notably the inclusion of red herrings when assessing a character for interrogation. Where Crimes simply asked you to find a set number of clues, The Devil’s Daughter seems to be allowing you the freedom to, well, get it wrong. A philosophy which also extends to questioning and even environmental clues. Some are essential, others are merely window dressing.

Another notable improvement over the previous title is in the environments themselves. Where Crimes did a superb job of expanding the series into a vibrant, 3D playground, Daughter opens it up even further. Allowing you to, finally, physically walk down out of 221b Baker Street and hail a cab on the street, rather than cutting straight to a world map. Further, each area you investigate is larger, and finding the correct place involves actually walking the streets and, maybe, asking for directions. The gameplay shown is from the PlayStation 4 version, which is a bit pants to be honest, looking less advanced than Crimes and Punishments. But advertising for Crimes was also from console footage before its release, and the PC version was significantly improved. Running on Unreal 4, I’m sure we can expect comparable upgrades this time around.

Check it out for yourself. The last game was one of the best I played that year, and I fully expect The Devil’s Daughter to be equally solid. So expect a full review closer to release.

Official Press Release

Lesquin (France), May 10th, 2016 – Bigben, the video game publisher and distributor, and the studio Frogwares, drive you into the very heart of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter investigative gameplay with a brand new video. The game will be available on June 10th on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

In this Gameplay Walkthrough, Sherlock is trying to help Tom Hurst, a young Whitechapel boy whose father George has been missing. The world’s greatest detective will have to investigate the streets of Whitechapel and use his observation and analytical skills to collect clues. When his deductions lead to the identification of a suspect, Wiggins, the street urchin, will come to the rescue to chase the mysterious man…

Is George Hurst still alive? Interrogations, stealth and observation are in the air, and this is just the beginning!

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is a unique adventure game that blends exploration, investigation and action for a breath-taking and fantastic playing experience. 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?

Comments (2)

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L Coulsen
Posted 18 May 2016, 13:34
I've only actually played Crimes. But yeah, that was awesome!

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David Pink
Posted 18 May 2016, 04:38
I've thoroughly enjoyed the previous Sherlock games (Testament, Crimes and Punishment) and The Devil's Daughter looks to be another solid addition to the series. I eagerly await it's arrival :D