On International Sherlock Holmes Day (May 22), Sherlock co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat got together to announce that a challenge was coming our way, in the form of an “adventure.”
We were provided with the hashtag #thegameisnow and promised that the public would be called on… But until now, that was about it in terms of clues.
Just today (June 5), Gatiss, who also stars in the show as Sherlock Holmes’ older brother Mycroft, took to Twitter to make the big reveal. The game, it turns out, is an escape room-style immersion adventure in central London.
Teams of 4-6 players will get to navigate Sherlock‘s most iconic sets, while solving a mystery with a 90-minute time cap. Mycroft is turning to the public because Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is out of the country and unavailable to assist. Specifically, he’s appealing for recruits with “sharp eyes, keen wits and a hunger for adventure.”
Does this sound like you?
Here’s the official invitation from Mycroft himself:
Mycroft has put out the call. The Network needs volunteers. Can you fill the shoes of the legendary Sherlock Holmes?
— Sherlock: The Game Is Now (@221B) June 5, 2018
According to the game’s description, it will feature “original Sherlock cast members, with brand new, specially recorded video and audio sequences.” It’s not clear if the actors will actually be in attendance, or if we can expect them in video and audio form. We’re leaning toward the latter, but the former would be so much more fun.
The game kicks off in late October 2018. You can find out more about participating and book tickets by going to the official Sherlock Game page.
For those of you who will be in London and are able to take part — please report back!
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