Frogwares' Lovecraftian horror The Sinking City has returned to stores five months after the game vanished off most storefronts. However, the legal dispute with the publisher Nacon still continues.
Back in August 2020, Frogwares' horror title The Sinking City was removed from all storefronts including Steam, PS Store and Xbox Store due to a dispute between the publisher Nacon and the developer Frogwares.
Luckily for players, today, the game has returned to storefronts and it's available for purchase on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One platform. It's also coming to Steam and PlayStation Store at a later date.
The publisher Nacon have released a statement following the return of The Sinking City to stores. They say the dispute between them and the developer Frogwares is still bending before the French courts and this will remain the case for several more months.
On October 28, 2020, though, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled that Frogwares have unlawfully terminated the contract, meaning that the contract will continue until further decisions are made.
Additionally, the court ordered the developer Frogwares to "refrain from any action on the breach of this contract, [and to] refrain from any action that impedes this continuation."
Here's what Nacon had to say on the matter: "Confirmed in its expectations by this decision and regardless of the time needed to resolve this dispute definitively, NACON is continuing its action in defense of its rights and has proceeded with the execution of this court decision by asking platforms and sites to put The Sinking City game back online so that no one is held hostage to this situation. It is however specified that insofar as some of the game’s online stakes depend on the goodwill of Frogwares to perform, their absence cannot be attributed to NACON.”
The legal dispute between the two parties is set to continue but at least the game is back on the stores so those who want to buy it can do so.