Ukrainian developer Frogwares is somehow releasing the Switch game
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is a game that has been out for six years on PC, and has also been ported to PS4 and Xbox One. Next month, it’s going to hit the Nintendo Switch, which might not seem like a big deal aside from the fact that it’s a port that’s practically a miracle effort, given what Ukrainian developers have been through over the past month.
Frogwares, a studio specializing in games based on the exploits of the British detective, is mainly based in Ukraine, and since the Russian invasion have seen their work – and the lives of their developers – thrown into chaos. While team members in remote and overseas offices are safe and able to work from home, others have temporarily stepped down from their posts to “become full-time volunteers in humanitarian efforts across the country,” while some have even “joined the defense forces” and are or will fight the Russians.
In a statement released by Frogwares, updating fans on how they are doing, the company says:
As you know, Ukraine is involved in a horrible war with Russia, which of course affects the lives of millions of people, including our team members.
Simply put, we need to keep the studio alive and running to the best of our abilities now more than ever. No one on the team is expected to work, only those who can and want to. Some team members have become full-time volunteers in humanitarian efforts across the country. Others joined the defense forces. The rest are in various safer locations overseas or across the country and have made themselves available to work remotely. We continue to pay all of these people on the team. For those who fight or volunteer, each of their places in the team will be waiting for them at the end of the war.
But essentially, it’s thanks to a group of employees who fled Ukraine to neighboring EU countries and those who moved to safer areas that keep Frogwares running right now. We are an independent studio with no external funding, investors or parent companies to keep us afloat. It is therefore up to us alone and thanks to the support of our players who want to play our games that we will bring this studio to life. And as this war drags on further and further, we and people across Ukraine find that even if they are not directly involved in the fighting, they must somehow advance the things. Whereas when it’s all over and it’s time to rebuild and restart, we’re not starting from scratch.
Sincerely, Your Frogwares Team
This team has certainly been there. Even before that, Frogwares had been involved in a series of bizarre legal battles with the publishersso have to deal with it all then a full-scale invasion of your country, and still be able to release a game on Switch (and some DLC for another title!), It’s incredible.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter was released for Nintendo Switch on April 7, and it’s available for pre-Order now.