Sunken cityThe Lovecraftian horror detective game made by Ukrainian studio Frogwares returned to Steam on Friday after being absent for a month.But Frogwares claims that the games sold on the Valve platform are not actually the games it made-the latest development in the ongoing dispute between Frogwares and the French company Nacon Sunken city.
“Frogwares has not yet created the version of @thesinkingcity sold today on @Steam,” Frogwares said in a tweet on Friday. “We do not recommend buying this version. There will be more news soon.”
Frogwares has not yet created the @thesinkingcity version sold today on @Steam. We do not recommend purchasing this version. More news will be coming soon.
-Frogwares (@Frogwares) February 26, 2021
If you view on the Steam page Sunken city, You will see an announcement on Friday morning saying that the game is “available on Steam now” and a 60% discount will be offered next week. The publisher controls what is displayed in the Steam listing, and Nacon seems to have written this article to remind potential customers that the game has returned to the platform.
But Frogwares uses a clever strategy to hide its news on Steam: The “News” section of the product’s Steam page gets tweets from sources including the official Frogwares account. This is how the above tweets ask people not to buy Tweets for the Steam version. Sunken city …Appears on Steam. (It is no longer shown here, but this is a screenshot we took.)
Currently, the official website of Frogwares is not linked to the Steam list, but to the version sold on Gamesplanet. The listing price on Steam is greatly discounted, that is, after a 60% discount, it is $16, while the price of Gamesplanet is $42.49. Frogwares has not confirmed this information itself, but a recent customer review on Steam called this version Sunken city When it was sold, there was no latest game version.
Since then, this development is just one of a series of conflicts between Frogwares and Nacon Sunken city The game was launched in the summer of 2019. Due to copyright disputes, the game disappeared from most online stores in August 2020. At the time, Frogwares claimed in an open letter that Nacon owed the studio “about 1 million euros” and published misleading marketing content suggesting that Nacon was the developer of the game.
In October, the Paris Court of Appeal issued a preliminary ruling that Frogwares illegally terminated its contract and ordered Frogwares “not to take any action against violations of this contract. [and to] Do not take any action that hinders this continuation. “This decision led Nacon to request distributors to start sales in early January. Sunken city once again. The game returned to the Xbox store at that time, and now it is back to the Steam and PlayStation stores; this feature is also available on the Nintendo Switch. In a January statement, Nacon noted that the legal battle “is still waiting for several months in the French courts.”
We have contacted Frogwares, Nacon and Valve to ask for your opinion, and we will update this article when we hear back.