Sherlock Holmes Studio Frogwares Is Making a New Game Despite the War

Like other Ukrainian developers, Sherlock Holmes’ studio Frogwares has been affected by the ongoing Russian invasion of the country – making it impossible to continue working. Happily, a “MegaGrant” from Epic Games helped the studio soften the financial blow and get the team out of active war zones.

Having said all that, Frogwares announced today that it is fully pivoting for a new project – and only partially out of sheer stubbornness.

“We are unveiling the game now in this way simply to show people that we are pushing and also as a clear middle finger to those who thought they could simply enter our country in hopes of disrupting and ruining our lives,” the communications official wrote. Sergey Oganesyan. in a press release.

Currently called Project Palianytsia, the new game is described as a blend of ancient horror coupled with Victorian-era mystery, much in the vein of The Sinking City. The release came with four pieces of concept art, showing a library, a storm-battered lighthouse, a creepy swamp hut, and an English mansion shrouded in fog.

(Image credit: Frogwares)

a scary swamp

(Image credit: Frogwares)

a misty mansion

(Image credit: Frogwares)

Palianytsia appears to be more limited in scope than Frogwares’ recent releases – although, as Oganesyan notes, this is a harsh development reality during wartime, where continuing to create games of the scale it was used to would be a tough question.

“Do we go ahead with a large scope project and risk disruption, have less room for R&D and innovation, less access to their highly skilled team and have less pre-production and development of specific tools? Or maybe we can be smarter about it, and create a project with an easier twist and a narrower scope, but still ambitious, packed with quality and with great storytelling and mystery behind it. That way, we can not only create a new game, but also support those struggling. .”

According to Oganesyan, the name Palianytsia was chosen both because of its place in Ukraine’s national cuisine (Palianytsia being a form of hearth-roasted bread), but also as a sort of fuck-you to Russians, who apparently have a hard time. in pronouncing it.

“It’s the phonetic equivalent of Dark Souls for Russians who often can’t pronounce it correctly when trying to impersonate Ukrainians. And it’s now often used in the field as a test to quickly identify possible affiliations of unknown individuals.”

Frogwares plans to make a formal announcement in the near future.

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