The long legal battle between Ukraine studio Frogwares and publisher Nacon has seemingly ended with Frogwares the sole publisher of The Sinking City.
What’s more, now that Frogwares has full ownership and publishing rights to their Lovecraftian adventure game, they’re promising a new version of the game “with all the latest bug fixes and optimizations.”
“Frogwares is now the sole publisher of The Sinking City on all platforms, including Steam,” the developer said. “We’re happy to finally put this whole thing behind us, and we look forward to sharing more news about the future of the franchise down the line.”
The Sinking City has been available Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PS4, and PS5.
The “whole thing” that Frogwares refers to is the years-long legal dispute between their former publisher, Nacon, shortly after The Sinking City was originally released in 2019.
In brief, Frogwares alleged Nacon was behind with payments during development and tried to cancel previous milestones to deny them profits from sales of the game, which Nacon consistently denied.
The game was pulled from Steam and other stores by Frogwares, only to have Nacon republish it after a court ruled its publishing contract should continue during the dispute. Frogwares urged fans to not buy the relisted game, only to get it pulled days later with a DMCA.