The Ukrainian developers answered a few questions, giving us some new information about the young investigator’s story.
In the video below, Sergey Oganesyan is answering the questions. How big is the game going to be and how many cases will it cover? „I can tell you that there are five main quests in the game and they are all connected through one continuous story, and we also have more than 30 side quests and some of them are as big as the main ones. Also, I’d say it would take around 12 to 15 hours to beat the main story and maybe 40 to 50 hours if you want to see absolutely everything there is in the game,” Oganesyan said.
Will the game be focused solely on the mystery involving the death of Sherlock’s mother or will we have minor mysteries to deal with along the way too? „Sherlock is indeed driven by his goal to learn the truth about his mother—that’s his motivation for the main quest, but keep in mind that he also wants to prove to everybody that he’s a real detective, so he’s eager to investigate any incidents—or side quests if you will—that occur on the island, and they all offer different stories. Some of them are linked to Sherlock and Jon and their past, while the others revolve around the people on the island and the skeletons in their closet,” he added.
Is the game very linear or will we have options as to what quests we do and when? „[Sherlock Holmes:] Chapter One is, of course, an open-world game so after you complete the first main quest you’ll be free to explore the island and find new quests on your own. It’s up to you to choose what you want to do and when, so you can juggle both main and side content.” And yes, disguises are going to play a big role: „Disguises are a big part of Chapter One—as you play you can find or buy new outfits [as well as furniture for the mansion] that will help you gain the trust of different social groups, gain access to closed-off areas or simply customize how your Sherlock looks. You can get new outfits, hats, glasses, change facial hair, etc. You can even apply bruises and wrinkles if you need to look older,” Oganesyan said.
There will be more than one ending: „All main quests and more side quests will have different outcomes based on your deduction choices as well as moral choices. And of course, the game itself will offer several different endings.” Sherlock will fight in a few cases where it makes sense for the story. Unfortunately, the team can’t show gameplay yet. And finally, the game will allow us to accuse the wrong person: „Yes, you can accuse the wrong person, like in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, for example. In each main quest, you will have several different suspects and usually, you can make deductions that either of them could be responsible for the crime. It depends on how many clues you have found and how you interpret their context and piece them together, so it’s possible to fail your investigation, but this story will continue regardless,” according to Oganesyan. No teleporting Watson, though – he is not in the game.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will launch this year on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (everywhere!), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.