“Frogwares has not created the version of @TheSinkingCity that is on sale today at @Steam. We do not recommend purchasing this version. More news will be coming soon.” The developer wrote.
The Sinking City was removed from Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Xbox One and PS4 digital stores on August 25, 2020, following Frogwares’ legal disputes with publisher BigBen Interactive and Nacon.
Frogwares accused these companies of repeatedly breaching the contract, withholding at least € 1 million in royalties, falsely implying ownership of intellectual property, and more.
During the development of The Sinking City, Frogware claimed that BigBen and Nacon would pay for production milestones around 40 days after the agreement. Furthermore, these companies demanded that they be provided with the source code for The Sinking City even though their agreement said that they could only sell the game and that they did not own the intellectual property.
When Frogwares declined, they said BigBen and Nacon stopped providing payments for four months.Frogwares began a legal battle with BigBen and Nacon in August 2019 over these issues and many more, including concerns about Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes games.
The Sinking City, which is inspired by the works of horror writer HP Lovecraft, was released in 2019. In our review, we said: “The Sinking City’s creation of a new Lovecraftian vision combined with compelling storylines, exciting settings and memorable characters. They make for one of the best Cthulhu history games I’ve ever played. Their commitment to tastefully updating storytelling methods, while preserving Lovecraft’s setting and tone shines through the boredom and frustration. “
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