Ukranian developer Frogwares’ hotly anticipated Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is but a month away from release, and to ramp up anticipation even further, publisher Focus Home Interactive have put out a new trailer that showcases the game’s interrogation mechanics.
Titled “The Art of Interrogation,” the trailer depicts Holmes, accompanied by his now non-teleporting comrade Watson, grilling a hapless attendant at a Roman-style bath, where a murder has presumably taken place.
Right off the bat it is apparent that Frogwares have done a phenomenal job with sculpting each character’s face, although the mouth animations don’t quite sync up with the words being spoken.
One of the elements of the the interrogation gameplay is the ability to closely scrutinize the person of interest in excruciating detail. Sherlock Holmes is famous for being able to do this inhumanly quickly, so for the player’s sake, time slows to a crawl during this process.
Players have free reign of the camera to rotate and move up and down, while at the same time moving a pointer to select any points of interest. Should the pointer touch a point of interest, it will light up, prompting players to hit a button to unravel a clue. This is a bit concerning, as it makes examining suspects far too easy; one would simply have to wave the pointer around and press a button when it lights up, instead of applying any amount of thought. Still, the sound of a ticking clock can be heard in the background during this examination, suggesting that players have a limited amount of time to completely scrutinize a subject.
At any rate, because of one of the clues unearthed during this process, namely a telegram sticking out of the man’s pocket, Sherlock is able to use that to call out his lie and gain important information about the case at hand.
Crimes & Punishments will contain six cases to solve, and within those cases will be up to five suspects for Holmes to examine and interrogate. Any one of these suspects could possibly the the main culprit in each case, and it is possible in some instances to convict more than one of them.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments will be out on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on September 30.