The Sinking City returns to stores, but its legal troubles are ongoing – Rock Paper Shotgun

According to a declaration from Nacon, the dispute is still pending in French courts. In a new statement launched by the publisher yesterday, they state the disagreement is still pending in the French courts, and in October, the Paris Court Of Appeal ruled that Frogwares unlawfully ended their contract with Nacon.”Confirmed in its expectations by this choice and regardless of the time required to resolve this dispute definitively, Nacon is continuing its action in defense of its rights and has proceeded with the execution of this court choice by asking platforms and websites to put The Sinking City game back online so that no one is held captive to this scenario,” Nacon stated.

Lovecraftian RPG The Sinking City is available to purchase again, after a continuous legal disagreement in between designers Frogwares and publishers Nacon saw it eliminated from digital shops back in August. According to a declaration from Nacon, the dispute is still pending in French courts. However, in the meantime at least, The Sinking City is back for sale on Xbox One, and will be offered on Steam and PS4 again soon.

Back in August, Frogwares declared in an open letter that Nacon (previously Bigben Interactive) attempted to claim copyright of the game after its release, allegedly kept payments throughout development, and owed Frogwares around 1 million euros in overdue royalties (about ₤ 900,000).

The devs stated they terminated their agreement with Nacon in July 2020. The Sinking City then began disappearing from digital stores due to, what Frogwares thinks, was confusion over the video game’s ownership. The designers then eliminated it from other stores to try and stop more sales going to Nacon.

At the time, Nacon turned down Frogwares’ claims. In a new statement launched by the publisher yesterday, they state the disagreement is still pending in the French courts, and in October, the Paris Court Of Appeal ruled that Frogwares unlawfully ended their agreement with Nacon. Now, the developers need to stick to the contract up until the legal difficulties are settled.

“Confirmed in its expectations by this decision and despite the time required to fix this dispute definitively, Nacon is continuing its action in defense of its rights and has continued with the execution of this court decision by asking platforms and sites to put The Sinking City video game back online so that nobody is held hostage to this circumstance,” Nacon stated. “It is however specified that insofar as some of the video game’s online stakes depend upon the goodwill of Frogwares to carry out, their lack can not be credited to Nacon.”

At the time of writing, The Sinking City is available to buy on Xbox One. It has a Steam page up too, with all the DLC pieces and bits listed, though isn’t on sale there right now. It’ll strike PS4 at “a later date” too.

In her The Sinking City review, Alice Bee though it was an alright investigator video game, held up by its Lovecraftian styles: “Without the strange Lovecraftian bits, this is a somewhat janky, somewhat grindy detective game that does some intriguing things in a very atmospheric representation of an exceptionally depressed town.”

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