Frogwares is still producing content and releasing games, which is impressive considering they're a majority Ukranian-based team. They've shared their stories and it's been tough to put it lightly. Despite that, the employees of Frogwares have continued working, with Sherlock Holmes: Chapter 1 M For Mystery DLC out now and Sherlock Holmes: The Devils' Daughter releasing on the Nintendo Switch on April 7th, 2022.
For those interested in what Frogwares has to say about continuing to work in a war-torn nation, here's a quote from Wael Amr, the CEO of Frogwares:
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 defense 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 neighboring 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.” – Wael Amr, CEO, Frogwares.
For those of you interested in the latest out of Frogwares, the Sherlock Holmes: Chapter 1 M For Mystery DLC is now available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. It's a 2-hour mission, and the plot begins with a spy outsmarting one of Mycroft's agents and managing to steal confidential documents. Sherlock must now face the individual only known as "M" as he tries to uncover M's work. The Sherlock Holmes: Chapter 1 M For Mystery DLC is free for all owners of the Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass, or can be purchased separately.
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