The Sinking City has returned to the Xbox Store, after the Paris courts made a decision in favor of Nacon over developer Frogwares.
We previously reported how The Sinking City had been pulled from major retailers including Steam due to a legal dispute with publisher Nacon. In an open letter, Frogwares accused Nacon of withholding royalties, presenting incomplete sales data, and misrepresenting The Sinking City intellectual property as belonging to Nacon among other allegations.
It was due to Nacon’s alleged mishandling of The Sinking City intellectual property, that Frogwares decided to remove the game from sale from some retailers.
They assured consumers that the game would still be available through retailers they directly work with; including Gamesplanet, Nintendo, and Origin. Nacon accused Frogwares of “seeking to discredit [them] in the eyes of the public and professionals alike,” and took legal action against them.
Now GamesIndustry.biz report that Nacon have released a statement, confirming The Sinking City has returned to the Xbox Store, and will return to Steam and the PlayStation Store later. At this time of writing, the Steam store page for The Sinking City says it will “release” on January 5th, 2021.
The statement from Nacon comes after the Paris Court of Appeal ruled on October 28th that Frogwares had “terminated [its] contract in a ‘manifestly unlawful’ manner” when they removed the game from sale. The court stated the terms of the contract must be continued until after it had been decided if Nacon had breached it or not.
Nacon called upon store owners to male The Sinking City available for sale again.
“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.”
We will keep you informed as we learn more. The Sinking City is currently available on Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.