The Sinking City studio and publisher fight over 'pirated' Steam release in competing store page updates

A contractual dispute between The Sinking City developer Frogwares and publisher Nacon led to the game’s removal from most digital storefronts last year. At the start of 2021, a French court determined that Frogwares had terminated the contract unlawfully, and thus ordered its terms restored until a final ruling was in place. That saw the game returned to Steam and elsewhere, although sales on Steam were unexpectedly halted soon after.

It reappeared on Steam last week, but in an unexpected twist Frogwares warned against purchasing it, saying rather cryptically that it was not a build the studio had released. The story got even weirder today when Frogwares expanded on that claim with the allegation that Nacon “cracked and pirated The Sinking City” in order to re-release it on Steam without its knowledge.