After a falling out with publisher Nacon, formerly known as BigBen InteractiveBigBen Interactive, Ukraine-based developer Frogwares has spoken out about issues surrounding the distribution of The Sinking City across multiple platforms.
The game has been delisted on a number of stores as a result of this relationship breakdown, although thanks to Frogwares self-publishing the game on Switch, that version is still intact. Frogwares says that "We were forced to terminate the contract with our licensee," releasing an official statement which can be read below.
As you can see, the statement details how Frogwares believes that the actions of its former licensee partner have breached their initial agreement.
As mentioned above, the game is still available to download from the Switch eShop. Frogwares hopes to have the game available on all major stores again in the future and plans to inform fans of when this will take place.
It’s a good game. Get it while it’s there.
I bought this on launch for the Xbox. Played for about 2 hours and never went back to it. I should give it another go soon.
It's been unavailable on Steam for a long time now because if this ongoing legal case.
I quite enjoyed this game. Excellent aesthetic design.
It's a shame, when a development team's hard work isn't allowed to reach its audience because of legal disputes.
It's an interesting game and it does a pretty good work with the setting and tone of the story, both crucial aspects in lovecraftian fiction.
Legalese messing things up. Next you'll tell me humans need air to survive.
This is pretty despicable conduct by the publisher. Often things like this aren't a one-off, they represent a pattern of similar behavior. Any other devs raising allegations of similar malfeasance?
@shazbot Gamer' s like to go after the AAA companies like EA and 2K for their more dubious practices but as a sizeable single A to C list publisher, BigBen / Nacon tends to fly under the radar... but its been involved in quite a few crap fests and dodgy practices of its own over the last few years... the Tennis World Tour launch / patch fiasco springs to mind.
Wow, that really has to suck. What bad business practice. Will consider picking this game up later to support this company. Really bad situation for Frogware
Ok now I wanna buy the game on switch just to support them. How is the game running on switch ?
Bought this game a few months ago and now knowing it directly supported Frogware I'm glad I did. I loved this game! Great story and atmosphere.
Sucks for the developer. At this rate the game could easily be pulled off the Switch too. I bought the deluxe edition today. I’ve been wanting to play the game for a while.
What kind of gameplay is this game exactly?
@ryancraddock it doesn't seem to be the only game delisted at the moment. I can't find the new indie game 'Takeshi and Hiroshi' on the eshop anywhere or on Nintendo Europe's website. Am i missing something?
@DinklingBoy Hi! Thanks for bringing this up. We've looked into it and it's been temporarily taken down . Should hopefully be back soon! 🙂
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