In 2019, Ukrainian Developers Frogwares released a great little game called The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian horror for the PC released on Steam. Unfortunately, this title was eventually pulled from the distribution platform due to alleged issues with their publisher Nacon, which are now coming into the limelight due to recent accusations of hacking, piracy, theft and much more. But what is happening between the Ukrainian Developers and the French Publishers? Will we be seeing The Sinking City Return? We explore all of the recent events to find out exactly what is happening between both parties in this investigative piece that will evolve along with the ongoing story.
The news of The Sinking City is one that shocked the cult following of this title back in August 2020, when Frogware announced that they would be delisting the Lovecraftian horror from Steam. The news of the delisting came on the back of Frogwares entering a legal battle with their publisher's Big Ben Interactive and Nacon due to financial commitment issues.
Since then, the story has gone kind of quiet, that is, until this week when Frogwares accused Nacon Interactive of hacking, pirating and redistributing The Sinking City, with minor changes made to the home screen and loading screens. You can check out the full details of Frogwares accusation in the video at the bottom o this page or in a brief excerpt below, taken from the Frogwares news blog: "So on February 26th 2021, to our great surprise, we found a new version of The Sinking City was uploaded to Steam and launched.
But Frogwares didn't deliver such a version. And this is not the first time something like this has happened. Alain Falc, Nacon owner and CEO, warned us on December 28th 2020 in writing that "You have 48 hours to upload a new Steam master otherwise we will use all solutions available within the law and the contract". 48 hours later, Nacon purchased a version of The Sinking City through the site Gamesplanet and uploaded it to Steam like it is a Steam version.
So immediately after his ultimatum expired, Nacon broke the law and breached the contract. We informed Steam of this and prevented the game from being released because it was obvious that it was a stolen version of the game." If you want to know more from Frogwares side of the story, you can check out the full blog post here: https://frogwares.com/how-nacon-cracked-and-pirated-the-sinking-city/
We have reached out to Nacon Interactive for a comment on their side of the story, but currently, we have not heard back from the Publishers yet. More recently (over the past 24 hours since the articles' initial release on 03/03/21), Frogwares has resorted to DMCA's use to take down the unauthorised Steam release of The Sinking City.
Valve, the owner of the distribution platform Steam, has since complied with the DMCA, giving further validity to the claims made by Frogwares. Unfortunately for those who are still waiting to support Frogwares and purchase The Sinking City on Steam, you could be waiting a while longer, as both Frogwares and Nacon are still in legal disputes over the title and the financial obligations that Nacon and its Parent company Big Ben Interactive are alleged to have failed on.
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