Focus Interactive has quite a few Sherlock Holmes games under its belt now, but it'll need to loosen that belt a little more for 2012 as the company has just announced Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City for release early next year.

The story goes that London is trapped in an abnormally cold storm, even freezing the mighty Thames, and so naturally the world's greatest murder detective is the perfect choice to investigate. Well, maybe not, but we don't imagine Bearded Meteorologist and the Mystery of the Frozen City would sell quite so well.

The first screenshots show a very slim and debonair — if slightly snooty — Holmes enjoying a series of gentlemen's pursuits such as fencing, playing the violin and wearing a smoking jacket. Beat that, Layton.

Look for Sherlock on 3DS in the first half of 2012.

Sherlock Holmes and The Mystery of the Frozen City for Nintendo 3DS Unveiled with Images!

Sherlock Holmes has signed on for his first investigation on Nintendo 3DS with Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City! Specially crafted and developed to take advantage of the unique capacities of Nintendo's latest portable console, the famous detective’s all-new adventure will immerse you in a big investigation in London, and we have the pleasure to present you the first images. You will see Sherlock Holmes is already working on the case in some of the many places you will get to explore during your adventure!

When a mysterious snowstorm falls on London, so cold that even the Thames is starting to freeze, Sherlock Holmes, the most astute detective of all time, is called in to investigate. Explore amazing environments, meet and interrogate many colorful characters, and examine objects and clues in order to discover the evidence that will help solve this incredible case. Many original puzzles and brain-teasers will put your skills to the test during your investigation, while you unveil the truth behind the Mystery of the Frozen City!

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City will be released on Nintendo 3DS first half of 2012.