The clues all point to Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments coming to PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in "early September." A Focus Home Interactive press release announcing the game's release window and new platform was the biggest giveaway, but our sleuthing intuition added up the rest.

So, Frogwares' game is afoot, and this time it's drawing from the detective's depictions on TV. As designer Olga Chalovskaya told us last year, the new "Character Portrait" ability is inspired by BBC show Sherlock. The gentleman hero examines suspects with his keen eye and elucidates clues by scanning over particular features such as injuries, fancy clothing, and maybe the odd conspicuous blotch of ketchup. Always suspect the messy eaters.
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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Release Announcement)

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RELEASE DATE, A NEW PLATFORM AND NEW SCREENSHOTS FOR CRIMES & PUNISHMENTS!

Crimes & Punishments, the new investigation game developed by Frogwares studio, is now set for release on consoles and PC on early September 2014! Previously announced for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC, we can now officially confirm that Crimes & Punishments will also be released on Xbox One®.

On this occasion, discover 3 new screenshots of the game, featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigating some of the crime scenes from the 6 exceptional cases the game asks you to solve. You will have to exploit the incredible gifts and talents of Sherlock, such as his ability to guess the details of an individual's life simply by observing them, or to imagine and reconstruct a past event by studying the key features of a crime scene, in order to find out the truth. But what will you do of your suspects? Will you listen to your moral sense, or will you impartially enforce justice?

Crimes & Punishments will be released on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC early September 2014.


About Crimes & Punishments
Crimes & Punishments marks the most important stage in the Sherlock Holmes series. The decision by Frogwares studios to switch from the in-house engine to the Epic Unreal Engine 3 enables a much richer, more immersive and detailed rendering of both the environments and characters.

But the change of game engine has not only improved the graphics; new investigation techniques have been developed and the game can now offer 14 game mechanics. From the opening of each of the six investigations up to the arrest of the culprits and the moral dilemmas faced by the players, the new game mechanics convey the feeling of BEING Sherlock Holmes. Players will therefore be able to exploit the incredible gifts and talents for which he is renowned, such as his ability to guess the details of an individual's life simply by observing them, or to imagine and reconstruct a past event by studying the key features of a crime scene.


About Focus Home Interactive
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is an independent French publisher based near Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles that have become benchmark titles worldwide - such as Blood Bowl, the strategy games Wargame, Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway, Cities XL and also Cycling Manager and Farming Simulator.
http://www.focus-home.com


About Frogwares
Created in 2000, Frogwares is an independent video game development studio located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Thanks to the work of a talented team of 60+ artists and programmers, Frogwares games available for major gaming platforms, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PC and mobile. With over 7 million units sold in the last decade, Frogwares continues to develop a rich portfolio for the new generation of consoles: Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
http://www.frogwares.com

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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