Developer Frogwares have announced that they have cut ties with former publisher Big Ben Interactive (Nacon) due to ongoing legal battles. This is due to “[Nacon’s] refusal to acknowledge a court ruling in France that states the contract between the two is no longer valid due to multiple breaches made by Nacon”. As a result, their most recent title The Sinking City has been pulled from all online console stores, with the exclusion of the Nintendo Switch as Frogwares had self-published the game on Switch.
Here’s the press release where you can find a link to the official statement from Frogwares:
Today, Frogwares has issued a public statement detailing how the actions of former licensee partner BigBen Interactive / Nacon has led to the delisting of The Sinking City from multiple store fronts.
The full 4 page statement can be read on the Frogwares website here: http://frogwares.com/the-sinking-city-is-being-delisted-heres-why/
Or on the Frogwares Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Frogwares
The statement comes at a time when Frogwares is officially celebrating 20 years of video game development. In celebration the team set up sales across multiple platforms and stores for some of its most known games. However, The Sinking City is not one of these games and has instead been noticeably removed from multiple stores instead.
“We did our best to deal with this quietly and amicably but to no avail. Even after court rulings in our favour we are still being roadblocked in simply being allowed to sell our own game. Fans of our games keep asking for answers and quite frankly we are so tired not being allowed to tell them the honest truth. Hence our public statement.” – Wael Amr, CEO Frogwares
This is shocking news, to say the least, and we hope that the issue is resolved soon so that players can go back to purchasing and enjoying Frogwares’ noir supernatural detective title.
Source: Wire Tap Media