“Frogwares has not yet created a version of @TheSinkingCity. The version is sold on @Steam today. We do not recommend buying this version. There will be more news soon.” The developer wrote.
After Frogwares had a legal dispute with publishers BigBen Interactive and Nacon, the Sunken City was withdrawn from Steam, Epic Games Store and Xbox One and PS4 digital stores on August 25, 2020.
Frogwares accused these companies of repeatedly breaching contracts, withholding at least 1 million euros in royalties, and falsely implying ownership of IP.
During the development of The Sinking City, Frogware claimed that BigBen and Nacon will pay for the production milestone within 40 days of reaching a consensus. In addition, although these companies agree that they can only sell games and do not own IP, they still require them to obtain the source code of The Sinking City.
When Frogwares refused, they said BigBen and Nacon stopped offering payments for four months.Frogwares began a legal battle with BigBen and Nacon over these issues in August 2019, including concerns about Frogwares’ Holmes game.
“The Sinking City” was inspired by the work of horror writer HP Lovecraft and was released in 2019. In our review, we said: “The combination of Lovecraft’s new vision of the Sunken City with a fascinating story, exciting environment, and unforgettable characters is the better I have ever played. One of the Sulu lore games. It is dedicated to elegantly updating the method of storytelling while retaining the background and tone of Lovecraft. This is a dull and frustrating promise.”
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