Artillery types

Ukrainian developer calls for messages to be put on real artillery shells used against Russia

Sherlock Holmes: Developer Awakened Frogwares has turned to Kickstarter to help fund its Lovecraft-Conan Doyle crossover detective adventure game, and with the end of the campaign, the studio is offering a very unusual incentive. It offers three people the chance to have a personalized message written on a real artillery shell that will allegedly be used against Russian invaders in Ukraine, the homeland of Frogwares.

Anyone who shares the Kickstarter campaign link for Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened will be eligible. Names will be placed in a raffle and three winners will be chosen at random, with those fans then allowed to send a message to a Ukrainian unit serving with the 24th Separate Assault Battalion.

If this message is approved by the unit, it will be written on a 152 mm howitzer shell. “We look forward to sending these messages to our unwelcome guests,” said one of the artillery battery crew soldiers in a Tweeter.

It should be noted that among some Russian defectors and ex-soldiers, they described being lied to about their mission by Russian leaders, sometimes without being told they were invading Ukraine just before the attack began. Many others, however, were accused of executing prisoners of war and other heinous war crimes.

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened reached its Kickstarter funding goal of $70,000 shortly after going live. Several lofty goals have also been achieved, and as of this writing, this campaign to remake the 2006 game has so far raised over $223,000 in pledges. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in dozens of sanctions, with a lot of activity coming from the video game industry.

NHL 23 has confirmed there will be no Russian or Belarusian teams in its roster, Zarya skins in Overwatch have removed pro-Russian “Z” symbols, and Activision Blizzard has shut down sales of its games and services in Russia and Belarus.

If you want to know how you can help Ukrainian citizens, you can check out this list of organizations you can donate to.

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