Long read: Who is qualified to make a world?

In search of the magic of maps.

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Frogwares shows off first (and brief) Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One gameplay footage

Ahead of full reveal next month.

Frogwares has shared the very first gameplay footage of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, the latest instalment in its well-regarded deduction-focussed adventure series, offering the briefest glimpse of the kind of escapades in store when it comes to PC and consoles later this year.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, as its name implies, serves as a prequel to Frogwares' earlier Sherlock Holmes games (the most recent instalment being 2016's The Devil's Daughter), taking players back to Sherlock's days as a fresh-faced 21-year-old, and the investigation - into the death of his mother - that would lead to a life of sleuthing.

Things are a little bit different on the location front too, shifting Frogwares' third-person, open-world investigatory formula from the fog-shrouded London streets and rural corners of previous games to a sunny, Mediterranean-inspired island - albeit one rife with class divides and corruption - as Sherlock sets a-sleuthing with help from best friend Jonathan.

Cover image for YouTube videoOfficial Gameplay Teaser | Sherlock Holmes Chapter One
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One - Official Gameplay Teaser.

Frogwares recently detailed some of the elements fans can look forward to come Chapter One's arrival - including over 30 side quests and multiple endings - but there's been no gameplay footage until now. Glance upward, however, and you'll find a first - and extremely brisk - gameplay tease, whistling through some on-foot exploration, a feisty punch-up, plus a bit of a observational deduction for good measure.

Beyond the fact it retains its recent predecessors' good looks, there's not a more to add - although Frogwares says it'll be serving up a full-length gameplay reveal trailer in March. As for Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One itself, it's getting a simultaneous release on Steam, Epic, GOG, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S "sometime in 2021".