Frogwares, a Ukraine-based game developer, has recently announced the Sherlock Holmes Chapter One DLC is now available.
Despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Frogwares is still being sustained and semi-functional. They made it possible via external partners and a few staff that are using the work from home method.
Here is a statement from Frogwares CEO Wael Amr:
Put simply, we need to keep the studio alive and functioning to the best of our abilities now more than ever.
Nobody on the team is expected to work, only those who can and want to. Some on the team have become full-time volunteers in the humanitarian efforts around the country. Others have joined the defence forces. The rest are in various, safer locations abroad or around the country and have made themselves available to work remotely.
And we continue to pay all of these people on the team. For those fighting or volunteering, each of their spots on the team will be waiting for them at the end of the war. But essentially it is through a collection of staff that either fled Ukraine to neighbouring EU countries and those who have relocated to safer areas who are keeping Frogwares going right now.
We are an independent studio with no external financing, investors, or parent company keeping us afloat. So it’s up to us alone and through the support of our players wanting to play our games that will keep this studio alive.
And as this war drags out more and more, we and people all around Ukraine are seeing that even if they are not involved in the fighting directly, they need to somehow keep things moving forward. So that when this is all over and it’s time to rebuild and restart, we are not starting from zero.
On the official website of Frogwares, the DLC was announced titled M for Mystery. It is now available for all platforms and it will be free for all players who have the Deluxe Edition of the game. It will start automatically after the first main case called Ghosts of the Past. They also need to complete the combat tutorial to unlock this.
M for Mystery will be about the villain known only as M and Sherlock is on the case. Mycroft’s agents were outsmarted by this guy and it is up to him to finally catch this mysterious figure who sole confidential documents.
This DLC will also conclude the Season Pass content plan. More free cosmetic items will be released in the near future.