…and it’s probably better to give up on Frogwares’ game being available on one more platform.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One has been available since November 16 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC on Steamen, GOG, and Epic Games Store . However, the devs requested more time for the ports planned for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Only one of the two remained in the end, and it will be released within days. But another console will bid farewell to the adventures of the young detective!
Frogwares provided the following statement in an email: “Hello everyone, especially fans awaiting Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As some of you have pointed out on our socials, we’ve been relatively quiet on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One. The good news is that we will be releasing it on PlayStation 4 on April 28, 2022. The bad news is that, unfortunately, we had to make a tough decision on the Xbox One version of the game. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Xbox One version of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One has been postponed indefinitely. Let us explain why.
From September of last year until February of 2022, we worked hard to optimize our game for PC and old and current generation consoles. During that time, we discovered that the scope of the work was more significant than assessed. So last year, we decided to release the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions first and work on optimizing the old generation versions. After the validation of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One on current-gen in October, we worked on optimizing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. We’ve tried to squeeze out as much from the old generation as possible. A lot of invisible work was done, but also as visible as changes to the map of the city on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions so that the game could run smoother (we cut certain alleyways, shortcuts, etc.). And as we were getting closer and closer to finalizing those versions, war happened.
To say that the war impacted us is probably the understatement of the decade. Keeping our personal and mental situation out of this, the war heavily affected us from a production point of view. From where we stand now, with the resources and workforce, we can release the PlayStation 4 version of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One on April 28. However, we have to postpone the Xbox One version.
To say we’re not happy about this is putting it subtly. We want to see our games on as many platforms as possible. We see that there are a lot of you waiting for the Xbox One version. We’re also disappointed because we’ve invested time and money in this version which is put on hold indefinitely. It’s also money lost from potential future income, essential for an independent studio like us. If you’ve pre-ordered the Xbox One version of the game, what now? Xbox is informed that you can cancel your order and get a full refund. We know it’s not the outcome you wanted, but we hope that at least this sheds some light on what happened.
Once again, thank you all for your patience. And thank you all for your kind words and support. The fact that many of you even offered us a place to stay in your homes is beyond “wow.” And as always, any comments or questions, post away. We will try to answer as fast and as many of them as we can—life is a bit strange now,” Frogwares wrote.
The Ukrainian studio didn’t stop there: their mentality is so fair that they’ve even included a bundle of images from the PlayStation 4 version! They didn’t have to do that, but at least they’re honest. So, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One for PlayStation 4 is coming on April 28, and the Xbox One version has a good chance of facing Game Over. And the Nintendo Switch is also a possible no-go, which is sad because the previous Sherlock games and The Sinking City got a pretty decent Switch port…