“Frogwares did not create the version of @TheSinkingCity which is for sale today on @Steam. We do not recommend purchasing this version. More news soon.” The developer wrote.The Sinking City was removed from Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Xbox One and PS4 digital storefronts on August 25, 2020, following disputes between Frogwares and the publisher BigBen Interactive and Nacon.
Frogwares has accused these companies of repeatedly violating the contract, withholding at least $ 1 million in royalties, falsely implicating intellectual property ownership, and more.
During the development of The Sinking City, Frogware alleged that BigBen and Nacon would pay for production milestones approximately 40 days later, as agreed. In addition, these companies demanded that they be given the source code of The Sinking City despite their agreement saying that they could only sell the game and that they did not own the intellectual property.
When Frogwares refused, they said BigBen and Nacon had stopped providing payments for four months.Frogwares entered a legal battle with BigBen and Nacon in August 2019 over these and many other issues, including concerns about Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes games.
The Sinking City, which was 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 coupled with compelling stories, thrilling environments, and memorable characters make this one of the best lore of Cthulhu games I’ve played. to tastefully update storytelling methods, while still preserving the setting and tone of Lovecraft shines through boredom and frustration. “
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