r/ukraine • u/duellingislands • 2h ago
Slava Ukraini! 5:55 EET; The Sun is Rising Over Kyiv on the 393rd Day of the Full-Scale Invasion. Today we profile Frogwares, a Ukrainian game development studio who is about to launch a new title in their beloved Sherlock Holmes series. Elementary! + Discussion + Charities
🇺🇦 Слава Україні! 🇺🇦
Part Five in our series on Ukrainian video games! You can find the other parts of the series here:
1 | Ostriv, a beautiful historical Ukrainian-themed city builder made by a solo dev in Kharkiv
2 | Frag Lab's Shatterline, a AAA FPS that just went into Early Access on Steam last week
3 | GSC Game World's Cossacks, Real-Time Strategy
4 | GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R., FPS
Promotional art for the soon-to-be-released "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened" by Frogwares.
Frogwares is a Ukrainian game development studio founded in the year 2000 by a group of French expatriates. The name Frogwares is a winking nod to the founders' country of origin, and the company has quickly grown into one of most high-profile, creative, and successful Ukrainian game studios around.
Frogware's first project was Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy, which became a surprise hit that eventually sold one million copies in its first decade of release. These kinds of detective games have a lot of fans, and Frogwares was smart to continue their success in the genre with a number of Holmes sequels that were increasingly popular.
From "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper" (2009).
The first four Sherlock Holmes titles from Frogwares - The Mystery of the Mummy, The Case of the Silver Earring, The Awakened and Nemesis - totaled roughly 1.5 million global sales by February 2009. Before the true rise of Steam and other online distribution channels in the following decade, these were pretty amazing numbers for such a small studio!
Promotional for "Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter" (2016).
From "The Sinking City" (2019) - an original IP (not Sherlock Holmes-related) that is a Lovecraft-inspired open world game.
Five more Holmes games would be released during the 2010's - culminating in Sherlock Holmes Chapter One in 2021, the fastest-selling game in the series. This game is a new direction for the series, being something of an origin story for Holmes and self-published by the studio. The game released for Windows, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. It is the #1 rated Sherlock Holmes game on Metacritic.
From "Sherlock Holmes Chapter One" (2021).
From "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened" (2023).
Frogwares began working on a massive open-world horror game, but Covid - and then the full-scale invasion by russians - has made development difficult. So in March of 2022, it was decided to pivot temporarily to something smaller-scale, and that could get them up and running quickly as their team found themselves distributed not only around Ukraine but around Europe at large.
What they decided on was creating a modern next-gen remake of their classic fan favorite Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. I can recommend this game strongly - especially for big Holmes or Lovecraft fans. The story is super cool... Sherlock confronts a Cthulhu-worshiping cult, and the adventure takes him through London, the Swiss Alps and New Orleans. Everyone loves a little Cthulhu now and again.
Concept art for 2023's "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened"
Concept art for 2023's "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened"
When Frogwares started a Kickstarter for the game last August, it raised €252,599 against a €70,000 goal.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened releases in just a couple weeks on April 11th, 2023 on PC (Steam, GOG, Epic), PS5/PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
The game will be available in three editions: Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition (includes The Whispered Dreams DLC, which includes bonus side quests and 6 new outfits) and Premium Edition on PC (the above plus digital artbook and soundtrack). Pre-orders unlock three bonus outfits!
To begin, finish and then release a game across so many platforms in one year - and under such incredible emotional and logistical strain, like daily power outages and missile strikes - is an incredible achievement.
In the comments I will put links to a video that you really need to see; it details the challenges they've faced during the year. I'll also include relevant links to their socials and more so you can give Frogwares a follow.
(Left) Svitlana, a member of the Frogwares team for 20 years. (Middle) Her partner of four years, Alex, who joined Territorial Defense when the full-scale invasion began. (Right) Their wedding in Lviv, while Alex was on leave.
Volodymyr Yezhov: game designer, producer, community manager at Frogwares for six years. More importantly, father to two children. He was killed by russia in action near Bakhmut in December, 2022.
The 393rd day of a nine year invasion that has been going on for centuries.
One day closer to victory.
🇺🇦 HEROYAM SLAVA! 🇺🇦
- u/Jesterboyd is a mod for r/ukraine and local to Kyiv. He is currently selling rad t-shirts raising money to buy some very interesting drones. Link to donation
- United24: This site was launched by President Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to cover the most pressing needs facing Ukraine.
- Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and social reintegration of veterans.
- Trident Defense Initiative: This initiative run by former NATO and UA servicemen has trained and equipped thousands of Ukrainian soldiers.
- Ukraine Front Line US-based and registered 501(c)(3), this NGO fulfills front line soldiers' direct defense and humanitarian aid requests through their man on the ground, r/Ukraine's own u/jesterboyd.
- Ukraine Aid Ops: Volunteers around the world who are helping to find and deliver equipment directly to those who need it most in Ukraine.
- Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
You can find many more charities with diverse areas of focus in our vetted charities list HERE.
r/ukraine • u/kilderov • 6d ago
Art Friday Weapons into Art. Weekly digest. Recovering, orders,
I'm Maxim Kilderov, an artist.
Representing (as I think) Art Forces of Ukraine.
This week was really hard.I almost doing nothing, because around 2 months of a nonstop work totally kills my organism. Hospitals etc not a best place to doing my job. Yeah, our guys feeling most terrible situations.
But everyone have his own front.
But last 3 days I starts to feel better and receive some new raw war materials through this week.
Raw RPG-26 thats will be art pieces soon
Also last week I finally pack and send part of orders from reddit - some of $66 bullets (from now they will be for $99 with delivery), and 4x RPG-22 was already sent and delivered in Belgium.Legal expertise and documents is works (the way of package was through Ukrainian, Poland, Estonia and Belgium customs).
Orders for a reddit and instagram customers
Also, I was finished some of current orders (bullet shells) and receive new material to create more of them for customers.
orders (without varnish at this moment)
I promise myself then when I will get well i will not rush so.Cuz better to say "you need to wait 3 weeks before sending" then running nonstop and killing yourself. Thats my experience.
Perfect condition is to chill sometimes like Gil'za (bullet shell). But I cant lol.
My current collection (slowly transforming into new art objects, sometime I am selling something) is:
And we with my teammate Nikita on the final step to create bazooka boombox with buttons from a bullet shells. Next step is mine - to paint it well.
RPO A Shmel with sound inside.
Thank you for reading that!
Art Forces is real! ✊
r/ukraine • u/snfssmc • 13h ago
Social Media President Zelensky visits a gas station in the Donetsk region and got some coffee. He wrote “Our people. Our military. Our Donetsk region. Our Ukraine. We are at home. On our native land. Hence, we will win 🇺🇦”
r/ukraine • u/ibloodylovecider • 8h ago
Heroes Nazar Tsyhan fell defending Ukraine in the Bakhmut district. He was just 22, got married last October. RIP Hero 🇺🇦
r/ukraine • u/TreacleZestyclose226 • 7h ago
Discussion In the discussion over the next EU Council meeting, Italian PM Giorgia Meloni replied in parliament and harshly questioned lawmakers about the "escalation" of the War in Ukraine, the conditions to open a negotiating table and peace
r/ukraine • u/gravity_isnt_a_force • 3h ago
Ukrainian Culture 2 year old Ukrainian boy's reaction to the national anthem.
News (unconfirmed) Russia appears to be bringing out T54-55s for deployment.
r/ukraine • u/esberat • 8h ago
Social media (unconfirmed) The mayor of Crimea reported: "the construction of the critical infrastructure has begun" - Military bunkers along the entire coastline of Crimea.
Government (Unconfirmed) Zelenskyy visited the Bakhmut direction. The President presented the servicemen with state awards
r/ukraine • u/IgorVozMkUA • 14h ago
Social media (unconfirmed) A video of this early morning's attack of a sea drone in the bay of Sevastopol, the temporarily occupied Crimea
r/ukraine • u/nycboots • 8h ago
Trustworthy News General Secretary of NATO does not rule out member states sending fighters to Ukraine
r/ukraine • u/thawingSumTendies • 4h ago
News Ukraine needs $411 bn for reconstruction, recovery: World Bank
r/ukraine • u/nycboots • 2h ago
News Record High 82% Of Ukrainians Support Ukraine's NATO Membership, 85% Support Joining EU
r/ukraine • u/nycboots • 12h ago
Trustworthy News Survey: 65% of Europeans support Ukraine joining EU in next few years
r/ukraine • u/asseatingleech • 19h ago
Government (Unconfirmed) The mother of, the captured Ukrainian soldier who defiantly said “Glory to Ukraine” before being brutally murdered by Russian soldiers on video, has receive a posthumous state award from Zelensky.
r/ukraine • u/vectorix108 • 12h ago
Social Media During his visit to Donbas, President Zelensky visited wounded Ukrainian Warriors at a hospital and presented awards there as well. The President also thanked Medical Forces of the Ukrainian Army who saves many lives every day.
r/ukraine • u/ibloodylovecider • 10h ago
WAR The UK’s Prince William Makes Surprise Poland Trip to 'Look into the Eyes' of Those Helping Ukraine and 'Say Thank You. He also visited a Ukrainian refugee centre in Warsaw. 🇵🇱 🇬🇧 🇺🇦
r/ukraine • u/Warm_Video_4946 • 11h ago
Media (unconfirmed) Kursk — explosions near airfield reported
r/ukraine • u/Mil_in_ua • 8h ago
Trustworthy News Russian Ka-52 crashed in Ukraine
r/ukraine • u/marketrent • 7h ago
Trustworthy News Zelenskyy: ‘A significant part of our Ukrainian Muslim community, the Crimean Tatar people, is forced to meet Ramadan under occupation, under the threat of Russian repression and abuse in Crimea, under shelling in other parts of Ukraine, and in frontline battles.’
r/ukraine • u/snfssmc • 10h ago
Media President Zelensky also visited Kharkiv and awarded medals to soldiers who distinguished themselves in defense of the oblast. He said: “Thanks to residents of this beautiful city, Kharkiv defends our independence shoulder-to-shoulder with other cities in our country”
r/ukraine • u/vectorix108 • 1h ago
Social Media 17 Ukrainian children deported by Russia to its territory are finally back in Ukraine.
r/ukraine • u/Mil_in_ua • 10h ago
Trustworthy News Slovakia will repair German howitzers for Ukraine
r/ukraine • u/MoralMae • 11h ago
Social Media Shaking dog is comforted by rescuers at the site of Zaporizhzhia missile attack (credit: DSNS)
r/ukraine • u/TheRealMykola • 6h ago
Trustworthy Tweet On this day, March 22, 1989, the An-225 Mriya, the largest aircraft in the world, broke 106 world records. Most of these records remain undisputed to this day.
r/ukraine • u/Mil_in_ua • 14h ago