14 September 2021 – Kyiv, Ukraine + Dublin, Ireland | 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. – 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.
16 September 2021 – Kyiv, Ukraine + Dublin, Ireland | Frogwares have announced the release date for Sherlock Holmes Chapter One with a new trailer. A young Holmes finds himself infiltrating the more descendant and lavish circles of Cordona’s society. And as always, it’s not just tea and biscuits these elite seem to overindulge on.
The devs have also published an extensive narrated gameplay deep dive video. Get a taste of the opening quest and a deeper look at certain features of the game – such as the Mind Palace, the Holmes family mansion, how combat plays out, and also the various difficulty options that let you tweak or even turn off certain elements such as combat entirely.
With the release date now set, Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is now available to pre-order on Steam, GOG, Epic, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The team previously announced a partial old gen delay and will have more information about PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release dates at a later date.
All preorders will receive the Victorian Starter Pack which includes a special quest titled “The Lead Zeppelin”, a unique Consulting Detective and The Victorian Vampire in-game outfits, 500 Manghirs (the currency of Cordona Island) which players use for various cosmetic customization as well as a free digital copy of Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishments on the same platform they ordered Chapter One on.
A Deluxe Edition has also been revealed. It includes the base game + season pass that includes new quests: Saints & Sinners (Available day 1), a questline linked to Mycroft Holmes, a questline which pitches Sherlock against a mysterious shadow figure only known as M, and more to be announced later.
The base game will be priced at $44.99. The Deluxe Edition will be priced at $59.99
All season pass content will also be available to purchase separately.
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One will be released on PC (Steam, Epic, GOG), PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and later for PS4 and Xbox One.