I know some people find Benedict Cumberbatch handsome, but I wouldn't say the modern BBC Sherlock is about young Sherlock Holmes being a total stud. It's more about him being a bit of an asshole, if anything. Based on nothing but screenshots from Frogwares' new adventure, Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, I think I have the mystery here figured out—young Sherlock is such a smoldering hunk that everyone keeps passing out as soon as he enters the drawing room.
Classic Sherlock, he's not great with social cues, and blissfully unaware that his raw sexuality is rendering everyone around him unconscious. It's a puzzle alright. Could Moriarty have developed some kind of undetectable knock-out gas, spreading across the entirety of England? Sherlock wonders. No, bud, it's your blue-green eyes that are like a limpid pool in a forest glade.
The developer presentation of Sherlock Chapter One from the Future Games Show (opens in new tab) doesn't expand on my theory, instead choosing to focus on Sherlock's origin story investigating his mother's death, open world puzzle-solving on a Mediterranean island... Sherlock's abs are never mentioned explicitly, but I remain confident they're the key to this caper.
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is out sometime next year, which gives Frogwares plenty of time to append the tagline "His sexiest adventure yet."