19 May, 2022 – Kyiv, Ukraine + Dublin, Ireland | Frogwares has announced they are working on a new title. Ths studio pivoted their entire remaining team onto a new game despite the war in Ukraine still impacting their lives.
For now, the name is titled Project Palianytsia and is a mix of eldritch horror coupled with Victorian-era mystery, aimed at fans of Frogwares’ The Sinking City and Sherlock Holmes series.
Four early concept pieces have been released to give people their first glimpse of the project. The official reveal will hopefully be ready to show sometime this summer.
We are revealing the game now in this way to simply show people we are pushing on and also as a clear middle finger to those who thought they could just roll into our country hoping to disrupt and ruin our lives.
While still challenging, prior to this, everything we released during the war was existing projects that needed to be finalized. We are now making something almost entirely from scratch which is a lot harder under these circumstances so we needed to think smart about what is realistic for us. The idea was greenlit for this very reason as it is something our current team and setup can deliver compared to doing pre-production on another open-world title which is what we were doing prior to the war breaking out.
The name Palianytsia is symbolic to Ukraine as it’s considered part of our national cuisine. But it’s also the equivalent of phonetical Dark Souls for russians who often can’t pronounce it correctly when trying to pass off as Ukrainian. And so it’s often now used in the field as a test to quickly identify possible affiliation of unknown individuals.Sergey Oganesyan, Communications Manager, Frogwares
A full official statement from the studio has also been released detailing the need for such a project and why they have decided to proceed this way.
The concept pieces and full statement can be found on the Frogwares Twitter account.