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Sniking City developer's games are being delisted

Published: 17:55, 27 September 2019
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The Sinking City

Frogwares released an open letter stating that their games are being delisted from Microsoft and Sony stores, possibly even from Steam, all thanks to a short notice at the end of licensing period with the publisher Focus Home Interactive.

Frogwares games are disappearing from storefronts as if Cthulhu ate them but the reality has nothing with the occult menagerie from Sinking City. It appears that partnership between Frogwares and Focus Home has ended which caused the publisher to start delisting games from certain stores.

According to the open letter released by Frogwares, this is due to Focus Home's policy of not transferring Content ID / Title ID of any games developed by Frogwares and published by Focus Home. In normal circumstances, this wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary as such a clause can be used when negotiating a contract.

However, Frogwares claim the first time they heard of or had dealings with such a policy was a mere seven-days notice that Focus Home sent them. This would mean the publisher played a cruel trick on the developers if it turns out to be correct. 

The Focus Home gave them basically says the company has instated a policy that will allow no Content ID or Title ID to be transferred to the developers, should their partnership cease to be. In other words, developers have to start from scratch when it comes to commercial aspects, such as putting the games on the storefronts.

Frogware Preview of the Oakmont monster infested waters The Sinkin City

Currently, there is only Frogwares' statement on the topic as Focus Home didn't publicly say anything on the matter at the time of writing. We have reached out to both Frogwares and Focus Home for elaboration on the topic and should more details surface, this article will be updated accordingly.

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