Thursday, May 19, 2022
Ukrainian Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares has announced that it's working on a new game, under the codename ‘Project Palianytsia’. If you're wondering what Palianytsia is, it's a Ukrainian hearth-baked bread, while the game itself will presumably have little to do with bread, as a horror and mystery affair.
Frogwares notes that it has had to pivot its remaining development team onto Project Palianytsia, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The game is described as a “mix of eldritch horror coupled with Victorian-era mystery,” aimed at fans of the studio's The Sinking City and Sherlock titles. A full official reveal is planned for later this summer.
“We are revealing the game now in this way to simply show people we are pushing on and also as a clear middle finger to those who thought they could just roll into our country hoping to disrupt and ruin our lives,” said Communications Manager Sergey Oganesyan.“While still challenging, prior to this, everything we released during the war was existing projects that needed to be finalised. We are now making something almost entirely from scratch which is a lot harder under these circumstances so we needed to think smart about what is realistic for us,” Oganesyan added.
“The idea was greenlit for this very reason as it is something our current team and setup can deliver compared to doing pre-production on another open-world title, which is what we were doing prior to the war,” he goes on to explain. “The name Palianytsia is symbolic to Ukraine as it's considered part of our national cuisine. But it’s also the equivalent of phonetical Dark Souls for Russians who often can’t pronounce it correctly when trying to pass off as Ukrainian. And so now it's often used in the field as a test to quickly identify possible affiliation of unknown individuals."
Frogwares was recently awarded a ‘mega grant’ by Epic Games, helping to relocate members of the studio to safer areas in Ukraine. Hopefully, we'll hear more about Project Palianytsia this summer, as planned. You can take a look at four pieces of concept art for the game below.