With The Sinking City returning to Steam, Frogwares asks you not to buy it.
According to a tweet from Frogwares, the version of The sinking city for sale on Steam “was not created” by the team.
The studio hasn’t released any additional updates on this, but it probably has to do with a dispute between the game’s developer and publisher, Nacon, formerly Big Ben Interactive (thanks, GI.biz).
In 2020, the studio withdrew the game from the market and terminated its contract with Nacon due to claims that the publisher owed it money for meeting milestones, resulting in Nacon owning Frogwares close to € 1 million in royalties.
Last month, the game was returned to digital stores due to a decision by the Paris Court of Appeal that Frogwares had terminated its contract with Nacon in a “manifestly illegal manner”.
Last week when the game was released on PS5, Frogwares released a statement saying it was both the developer and publisher of the version; however, the PS4 version has a separate editor and different game IDs. This is due to the ongoing “technical and legal situation”, which has resulted in the lack of a platform update for PS4.
Hopefully, the matter between the two will be resolved soon, and Frogwares will provide more information on the version that is now available through Steam.