After disappearing from digital stores last year, Lovecraftian RPG The Sinking City has returned to Steam. However, the developers Frogwares have warned fans not to buy it, because it is supposedly not the version of the game they made. It appears that the current version of Steam was put on the platform by Nacon, the publisher of The Sinking City, with whom Frogwares has been in a long and complicated legal dispute over ownership of the game.
In August last year, Frogwares issued a statement alleging that Nacon withheld payments during game development, owed Frogwares around 1 million euros in royalties (around £ 900,000) and wrongly tried to claim the rights. The Sinking City’s copyright. Some stores had already started to remove the game due to what Frogwares believed was confusion over ownership, then the developers themselves removed the game from the remaining stores to prevent sales from going to Nacon. At the time, Nacon “emphatically” rejected the developer’s claims, saying the dispute was still pending in French courts.
In October, however, those courts ruled that Frogwares had illegally terminated its contract with Nacon when they pulled the game from sale and would have to stick with it until the legal dispute is resolved. The Sinking City then returned to the Xbox and Microsoft Store in January. Frogwares released it on Steam as well, except the version mysteriously disappeared shortly after.
Now, however, it is back, but it is supposedly a different version than the one that was released in January.
“Frogwares has not created the version of The Sinking City that is on sale today on Steam. We do not recommend purchasing this version. More news soon.” Frogwares posted on Twitter.
It appears that The Sinking City, which is currently available on Steam, is an old version of the game. A Steam review claims that it is not the same version released by Frogwares in January, and it lacks DLC, cloud saves, and achievements. It’s unclear if Nacon was the one who put it on Steam, though judging from the Frogwares tweet, that’s the implication at this point.
This insurance is a mess. I have reached out to Frogwares and Nacon, and will update this post if I receive a response.