May 25, 2022

The Sinking City Returns (and then Leaves) Digital Storefronts Again

It’s giving us that sinking feeling.

Back in August 2020, The Sinking City was pulled from digital marketplaces.

The delisting was on account of apparent contract breaches by distributor Nacon [fka BigBen Interactive].

We won’t go into the nitty-gritty of it here, but you can get your context from our previous article here.

Digital storefronts briefly had The Sinking City relisted recently. However, that has since stopped – at least on Steam, Epic Games, GOG, and PlayStation. Weirdly, as of the time of press, the game is still available on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Whether that changes or not remains to be seen.

Nacom stated to PCGamer, that the “online stakes” referenced in the previous statement were in regards to distribution platforms. Nacom noted how it was Frogware’s [The Sinking City‘s developer] “responsibility to return the game to at least some of the storefronts in question”. Furthermore, Nacon “has no control over the timing of the return. This is presumably why you’ll see it appear on some distribution platforms ahead of others”.

Frogwares and Nacon took the dispute to the French courts. By the looks of things, Nacon is claiming an early victory.

In a statement, the publisher noted;

“The Court ruled that Frogwares had terminated the contract in a ‘manifestly unlawful’ manner[…]as a result, ordered, as a ‘precautionary measure, the continuation of the contract’. This was until its term or until a decision is made on the breach of this contract. Frogwares Ireland has been ordered to refrain from any action that impedes this continuation”.

So, it’s another messy legal battle. Yay, they’re always fun. We’ll have more on this story if and when it happens.


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