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PostSubject: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Thu May 31, 2012 10:20 pm

A Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Company: Focus Home Interactive

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, the new investigation adventure game developed by Frogwares, unveils its release date! The new investigation of Sherlock Holmes will debut in September, on consoles and PC.

Even though London’s police are actively searching for him, Sherlock must complete the investigation he began. Watson witnesses, powerless, the suspicious behavior of the famous detective… and while he agrees to help his partner for the time being, this certainly won’t last if Holmes refuses to explain his incriminating actions. The five new screenshots reveal more of the incredibly detailed locations where Sherlock and Watson begin their investigation this September.

You are Sherlock Holmes, and this is your investigation. Unfold an incredible conspiracy in September 2012!

About the Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes causes a stir! For over ten years, millions of players have donned the hat and magnifying glass of the world’s greatest detective, in a dozen games.

1898, London. All the evidence of police investigation points at Sherlock Holmes as the main suspect in a case involving theft, fraud and double-crossings. Unable to prove his own innocence, Holmes is rapidly losing London’s trust as doubt spreads through the city like wildfire. Even Doctor Watson's faith in his friend begins to waver, as the famous detective flees Scotland Yard and raises further suspicion; prowling around at night, destruction of evidence... would Holmes go so far as to commit murder?

The complex and decidedly-mature storyline surrounds a particularly tricky investigation, in which each and every puzzle will challenge both insight and wits! As Sherlock Holmes, you will use the detective’s full repertoire: handle and inspect clues, reenact crimes and use the game’s new deduction system to draw your own conclusions. Choose your questioning approach to catch characters off guard and gather valuable information. Players are facing an open investigation, and must decide which leads to follow and which to ignore.

About Focus Home Interactive
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is an independent French publisher based near Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality.
.About Frogwares
Created in 2000, Frogwares is an independent development studio specialized in adventure video games and located in Ukraine. Thanks to a talented team of 45 artists and programmers, Frogwares realizes quality games to please adventure fans and has alternated the production of games based upon inquiry and discovery, with high licenses such as the award-winning Sherlock Holmes, Jules Verne and now Dracula. The graphic quality, the technical innovation and the incredible ability to create environments and atmospheres are the spearheads their titles.
www.frogwares.com

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:33 am

I hope Frogwares continues to do well and sell well, because they seem to "get it" when it comes to developing adventure games. I haven't played all of their titles (yet), but I've enjoyed each one that I have played.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:01 am

I hope Frogwares continues to do well too. I have enjoyed playing many of thier titles and I'm looking forward to The Testament of Sherlock Holmes.

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:41 pm

Has there been any information released at this point about minimum system requirements ?
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:55 am

I haven't seen any system requirements as yet Faust

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:42 pm

Thanks , Hats ! Was just curious .
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:17 pm

Am I the only one who is not all gaga for this game? Sure I am going to buy the game and play it and sure I agree that Frogwares is one of the very few adventure developers who try to listen to players and give them what they want but with what I have seen so far of Testament of Sherlock Holmes there may not be too much "gaming" involved. Looks more like a long cut scene. Don't get me wrong, I love Frogwares and their contributions to the adventure gaming community but after Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper which had a lot of third person cut scenes it may be taking away from actually playing a game like Awakened and Arsene Lupin provided before they remastered them to make the third person gamer happy. Am I the only one?
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:02 pm

GreyFuss wrote:
Am I the only one who is not all gaga for this game? but with what I have seen so far of Testament of Sherlock Holmes there may not be too much "gaming" involved. Looks more like a long cut scene. Am I the only one?

No you are not GreyFuss!! If there isn't a lot of gaming I will be disappointed. As you know I have been disappointed lately with some of the games... I am playing 15 days right now and I am getting WAY TOO MUCH TALKING for my liking..... 90% talk 10% game..... what's up with that! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:40 pm

I will agree about 15 Days , winfrey , to a point . A tad much dialogue , but I enjoyed the game . As for Testament , unless a playable demo has been released , I think it a bit premature to judge the game based on the teaser/trailer . What worries me , is that since Testament will be released on consoles as well , that thet game will be a console port to pc . Console ports to pc are almost always a bad idea , as something is usually lost , either in the UI , or graphics . Hopefully , the story remains intact !
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:14 pm

A playable demo for Testament hasn't been released yet.

I enjoyed playing 15 Days too. I like the little twist at the end of the game. I also enjoyed House of Tales other games Overclocked and The Moment of Silence.

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:10 am

I have a question about the DRM. I have seen some discussion from the developer, s/he is not the greatest at english and I couldn't really get the information I wanted.

Is it the case that after a certain amount of time (5 years for example), the online activation will no longer be needed? Or is it that when Frogwares goes away, we will no longer be able to install this game?
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:46 pm

I , for the life of me , have no idea why the game has drm in the first place . There is a workaround for the online activation out there if you look in the right spot . Anyhow , I would think it would be done that , if Frogwares were to ever close up shop , that a patch of some sort would be made available for Testament , or anyother of their games that employ online activation .

I will say this about the drm for Testament , or for drm in general . The quickest way in the world to get somebody to do something , is to tell them they can't do it .
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:46 am

Mullane wrote:
I have a question about the DRM. I have seen some discussion from the developer, s/he is not the greatest at english and I couldn't really get the information I wanted.

Is it the case that after a certain amount of time (5 years for example), the online activation will no longer be needed? Or is it that when Frogwares goes away, we will no longer be able to install this game?

The way I understand Testament is the game comes with 5 Online activations that can be installed on different computers if you like. If you need more activations you contact Frogwares for more.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:37 am

Very strange. Limiting, but completely open to abuse, what is the point?

I just hope that people who want to play it in 2025, can do so.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:56 am

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes can be installed unlimited times on maximum 3 different computers.In any other case you need a new key from Frogwares.Which is unacceptable.Property with limitations is not a property.And it leads to piracy too.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:42 am

Are we talking about a digital download, box copy or both ?

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:44 am

We are talking about the retail version.Such a DRM system is a scandal for a retail version.No wonder that piracy lives on!
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:54 am

Thanks tsampikos. I try to avoid games with DRM.

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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:29 pm

This is the second game in recent times that I've purchased without prior knowledge of this activation foolishness. Embarassed Part of that is my fault for not checking around often enough on the forums. Still, it bothers me and partially negates why I prefer physical copies. Because I am who I am I quickly developed a keen interest on how one might circumvent this annoyance. (thanks Faust) I'm not here to elaborate on that, but I must say that based on what I observed (I'll call it the dark side of the web) I would not at all be surprised if this game ranks high on the list of most pirated adventures. Too bad for Frogwares, I expected something far better and friendlier to their loyal fans.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:34 pm

If I may ask, what was the other game, Camaro?
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:24 am

Hi Mullane.
Thank you for asking, it was "Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle" from Wizarbox.
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:37 am

Didn't I also hear that the disk version of Yesterday had the same limited online activation and what about all the disk versions that the Just Adventure Store sells? The ones for games that are download only and they make their own disks, aren't they the same as the downloads with the online activation?
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:00 am

GreyFuss wrote:
Didn't I also hear that the disk version of Yesterday had the same limited online activation and what about all the disk versions that the Just Adventure Store sells? The ones for games that are download only and they make their own disks, aren't they the same as the downloads with the online activation?


I'm not too sure about Yesterday , GF , but I would not be a bit surprised . As for making physical disks of downloaded games, and any drm tied in to the game , maybe , maybe not . Perhaps that's determined during the install process . It would not hurt to look in the registry or the game's folder . Sometimes , the drm "garbage" will be there . To my knowledge , GOG games are drm free , can make as many physical copies as you wish .

By the way , you're welcome , Camaro !
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:19 am

Focus Home Interactive is the one who, as publisher, uses this kind of DRM. The latest Pendulo Studios games, like Runaway 3, Next Big Thing, Yesterday, do require Internet connection in order to get activated.They all were published by Focus Home. I haven't any clue about a system similar to the Testament of Sherlock in these games. It must be the first time that Focus Home uses this system. So Captain Morgane has this stupid DRM protection too???? Thank God I didn't make the mistake to buy it....
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PostSubject: Re: Release Date for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes   Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:45 pm

I made the mistake of buying the disk version of Next Big Thing that's now an expensive beer coaster (and I don't even drink beer).
Then Frogwares announced that their SH game would have online activation on the disk version too (because they didn't want to use two different copy protection systems for the download and the disk), so I didn't buy it.
Now Frogwares, Pendulo and Focus are on my list of companies that I won't ever deal with again.

Actually, buying new games has become so risky that I stopped buying them completely, except from gog.
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