New Ukrainian Sherlock Holmes Game Dedicated To ‘The Fighters’

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a horrific tragedy for tens of millions of people, but as we’ve seen, life still goes on between the bombings. And that includes making, and releasing, new video games.

The experiences of the team at Frogwares—a studio best known for their Sherlock Holmes games—have been one of many ways international readers have been able to learn about the war and its effects on Ukraine’s people. Over the past year we’ve seen members of the team join the armed forces, seen that others have been able to relocate to safer locations and that, through it all, Frogwares have somehow been able to keep developing the games that fans around the world know them for.

They were able to release one in March 2022, an incredible achievement, but that was also a game that had mostly been developed prior to the invasion. Last week they released a second, called Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, a modern remake of a game they first released in 2008.

Sherlock Holmes The Awakened – Official Release Date Trailer

It seems to be reviewing OK, no doubt helped by the fact that the original was a pretty good adventure game to begin with. Aside from the graphical upgrades, though, the 2023 version has one other difference with the original: it includes a splash screen at the beginning of the game providing some important context for The Awakened’s development and release:

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On February 24th, 2022 our home, Ukraine, was brutally invaded and thrown into all-out war.

In April 2022, we began development of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened.

This game is dedicated to all the fighters, volunteers, supporters, and every single citizen who stood their ground and kept our country standing.

It is our own act of resilience against the chaos and horror the enemy tried to impose on our livelihood.

Slava Ukraini

The Awakened is out now on…pretty much everything (PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch).

Mortal Kombat 1’s DLC Fighters Seem To Have Leaked

A screenshot shows a woman wearing a blue mask on half her face.

Screenshot: WB Games / NetherRealm Studios

According to a now-deleted Amazon listing for the recently revealed Mortal Kombat 1, it appears as if some popular (and violent) superheroes will be joining the upcoming fighting game’s character roster via DLC.

Officially announced on May 18, after weeks of teases and rumors, Mortal Kombat 1 is the next major installment in the long-running ultraviolent fighting game series. As the name implies, the entire franchise is being rebooted (again) with developer NetherRealm Studios taking the opportunity to reimagine its iconic fighters. It was also confirmed yesterday that, just like prior modern Mortal Kombat entries, this new one is going to receive post-release DLC characters. However, we don’t have to wait to find out who these new characters are, as what appears to be the full first wave of names has seemingly leaked online via an Amazon Italy listing.

Who are the leaked Mortal Kombat 1 DLC characters?

Based on the now-tweaked Amazon listing (h/t VGC), the upcoming DLC fighters will be Peacemaker, Homelander, Omni-Man, Ermac, Takeda, and Quan Chi.

Peacemaker, Homelander, and Omni-Man are all guest characters from outside Mortal Kombat. Omni-Man is most famously from Amazon Prime’s animated superhero show Invincible, which is based on the comic series of the same name. Homelander is from The Boys, another superhero show based on a comic series that also airs on Amazon Prime. And Peacemaker is a DC anti-hero/villain who recently starred in a TV show and was portrayed by John Cena.

WB Games / NetherRealm Studios

These leaked characters line up with earlier reporting that claimed Homelander and Peacemaker were going to be added to the game after release. The other leaked DLC characters are Mortal Kombat fighters who have appeared in past games.

Kotaku has contacted publisher WB Games and NetherRealm Studios about the leaked DLC fighters.

Of course, WB Games has yet to confirm these are in fact the actual DLC characters coming to the game sometime after its September 2023 release. But based on past reporting and the speed with which the leaked info was scrubbed from Amazon, it seems very likely that this is indeed the first batch of DLC characters for Mortal Kombat 1.

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