The Sinking City developer asks users not to buy its game on Steam
Frogwares says it didn't create the version of the Lovecraftian detective game currently available on Steam
The Sinking City developer Frogwares has said the version of its game currently on Steam was not made by Frogwares.
In a tweet posted today and shared over to the game's newsfeed on Steam, Frogwares is asking users not to purchase the game.
"Frogwares has not created the version of [The Sinking City] that is today on sale on [Steam]. We do not recommend the purchase of this version. More news soon," reads the statement.
The studio has not published any additional updates as of the time of this writing. We've reached out to both the developer and the publisher, Nacon, for comment.
The Sinking City was pulled from shelves by Frogwares amid a legal dispute between the studio and Nacon in August 2020, after it alleged Nacon -- formerly Big Ben Interactive -- breached several clauses of the licensing agreement for the game, and allegedly owed Frogwares around €1 million in payments.
It was returned to digital platforms last month, following a decision in the Paris Court of Appeal that Frogwares had "terminated [its] contract in a 'manifestly unlawful' manner."
In a statement last week coinciding with the release of The Sinking City on PlayStation 5, Frogwares stated that it was both the developer and publisher of the PS5 version, but the PS4 version had a separate publisher and different game IDs due to "an ongoing current legal and technical situation," preventing a platform upgrade for PS4 owners.
As it stands, The Sinking City is currently available for sale on the PlayStation Store, Xbox storefront, Nintendo eShop, and various PC storefronts including Steam.