Frogwares, the team behind the horror title The Sinking City, has posted a warning to players to refrain from buying the version of the game that's on sale at Steam.
Now, Frogwares' warning may sound like The Twilight Zone material to those unfamiliar with the situation, since it's not every day that you hear someone anti-advertising their product, but we'll clarify in a bit.
The studio's last post on Twitter reads, "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."
Unfortunately, many fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Lovecraftian horror on Steam, so they snapped it up immediately after getting notified, but as things stand - Frogwares were right.
It didn't take long for players to start review bombing the Steam page and one of the posters clarified that the version of The Sinking City that's on sale is an old build. Buying it means you're not getting the DLC, cloud saves, achievements and other things featured in Frogwares' January release.
Many players went ahead and reported the release to Steam, quite rightfully so considering what they're being sold. However, the platform is being forced into the role of a legal authority, which they're not, and consequently against court decisions that technically ruled in Nacon's favour.
You may recall that The Paris Court of Appeals found Frogwares guilty of terminating their contract with Nacon in a "manifestly unlawful manner", and it seemed to matter little that this was the dev's final hail-mary attempt to make the publisher pay them their owed royalties.
Steam users thankfully do care, so here's to hoping that the reviews will save people from the hassle of buying and refunding shortly after.