Last month, on International Sherlock Holmes Day, a new Sherlock adventure was teased when YouTube channel Agent221b shared a video of creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss announcing something called The Game Is Now. They clarified that it wasn’t a new episode, but would still be an “actual,” “proper” new adventure.
This was followed up a short snippet of an audio conversation between Sherlock and Mycroft, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Gatiss reprising their roles. It teased a situation where Mycroft’s looking to recruit “real people” to fill out Sherlock’s network of informants while his brother’s busy in Europe.
So, what does it all mean? Well, the truth has now been revealed and it seems a new interactive event is coming to London which will allow Sherlock fans everywhere to test their own deductive reasoning as they try to escape and solve the case themselves. Written by Moffat and Gatiss, the 90-minute experience from established escape room company Time Run is said to be perfect for teams of 4-5, though bigger groups can be catered to as well.
To keep up the mystique, the location of the event has not been revealed but tickets, which cost £54 per person, are now available to book and can be purchased on the game’s official website, which tells us it’ll let players get to grips with their “favourite locations from the TV series, traveling through Sherlock’s most iconic sets as they solve puzzles and mysteries.” It also promises that it will feature “original Sherlock cast members, with brand new, specially recorded video and audio sequences.” Exactly who’s involved has yet to be revealed, but we imagine that Benedict Cumberbatch will have some sort of role, among others.
With Sherlock unlikely to return to TV anytime soon, The Game Is Now sounds like the next best thing and if you’re interested in participating, be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out!