E3 2012 Preview: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

Continuing it’s series of Sherlock Holmes games, Frogwares demoed the sixth installment of the series at this year’s E3. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes takes place in London, 1898. Sherlock is the number one suspect in a pretty serious case involving theft, fraud and double-crossings. Playing as both Holmes and his companion Watson, solving this case may prove Sherlock’s guilt or innocence.

Getting into the dark side of Sherlock more than the previous games in the series, this installment is set up to be a classic problem-solving game, centered around what Sherlock Holmes does best: investigation, deduction, and problem solving. While you will get the opportunity to play as Watson and one other “special guest” character, in each location you’ll have to do all three of those things to progress through the game(with the cursor changing to indicate what items you can interact with and what type of interaction you can have with them). There will also be the option to switch between 3rd and 1st person view, as well as a 6th Sense feature that will offer you clues if you can’t figure out what to do.

The look of the game was very gruesome. As part of the demo we say, Holmes was investigating a bishop who had be brutally tortured to death. Because you’re Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective ever, you have to examine this body and get your POV right up in his broken fingers, grilled feet and areas on his arms where he gnawed off pieces of himself (not to mention the self-flagellation because he’s a member of the Church, after all). Coupled with the visual darkness is the black humor we’ve come to expect from Holmes and any of the re-tellings of his story. If you’re squeamish about that sort of thing, probably best to skip this title.

The game will have 60 puzzles, 20 locations and about 15 hours of gameplay. While there is only one ending, we were told that making false deductions will effect the path(s) you take to get to that ending. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, as well as PC and has an expected release date of September 2012.

For more information, you can visit the official website for the game.