The Sinking City is a new action-adventure game developed by Frogwares and inspired by the works of horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft initially released June 25, 2019. It received mixed or average reviews with reviews praising the writing, world-building, and lack of hand-holding, but criticized the combat as slow and frustrating.
During the development of the title, the creators envisioned the open-world setting of Oakmont, a densely packed urban area that was two kilometers square, settling on Unreal Engine 4 and taking inspiration from city generation techniques seen in Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed titles,
Nacon (formally known as BigBen Interactive) was licensed to distribute the title until April 20, 2020, although the contract was terminated by Frogwares due to both intellectual property violation and lack of payment, this resulted in The Sinking City being delisted from Steam, Epic Game Store and the Xbox and PlayStation digital storefronts, pending the resolution of Frogwares dispute with BigBen. The Nintendo Switch version remained available as this version was self-published.
The game has since been relisted on the aforementioned storefronts by now known Nacon, Frogwares has denounced the re-released title on Twitter claiming it wasn’t the version they created, but instead a hacked version that Nacon has acquired and by changing certain assets mask its origins, essentially accusing Nacon of piracy.
Frogwares is insistent that Nacon has indeed pirated, cracked, or hacked the source code to sell and profit from the IP and commercialize it as if it were their property, here’s some of what Nacon has changed to pass the game off as their own as stated on the Frogwares official website.
When launching the game version that Nacon released on Steam versus our version specifically prepared for Gamesplanet, you can see the following differences:
The Nacon Logo has now replaced the Gamesplanet logo; an official Frogwares licensee.
The loading screen is different; once again the Gamesplanet logo is removed.
When on the main menu
the advertisement for Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is not present on the lower left screen,
the mention of the distribution platform on the lower right screen is also absent.
the “more games” menu option is not present.
Nacon has tried to force Frogwares to deliver a new master version of the game through the use of their lawyers. The French Justice refused Nacon’s demands twice, first in July 2020, and then in October 2020 during an appeal. The final decision on whether Frogwares is obligated to deliver the Steam version that Nacon is demanding is still set to be judged in the trial court in the next months or even years.
Fans of the game have begun to review bomb the title in response to the news and support for Frogwares, Nacon are insisting they have financially met the terms of their contract with Frogwares and that it is Frogwares that are attempting to change the terms of that contract, Frogwares has issued a DCMA takedown notice to have the version on steam removed.
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