Soon after The Sinking City returned to Steam, developer Frogwares told fans not to buy this version. It led to the game released by publisher Nacon being review-bombed by gamers.
The Sinking City suddenly appeared on Steam again on February 26. However, Frogwares, who originally developed the game, warned fans that the studio had nothing to do with it.
“We do not recommend the purchase of this version,” developers said, while also promising to share more news soon.
— Frogwares (@Frogwares) February 26, 2021
It seems that publisher Nacon managed to put The Sinking City back on Steam. It could have been great news for the community, but users soon realized that this version of the game had a lot of problems.
People are now leaving a lot of negative reviews, citing the lack of cloud saves, achievements, and DLCs among other issues. “My negative review has nothing to do with the quality of the game, just the scummy publisher,” one user wrote.
Frogwares delisted The Sinking City from Steam and other stores last August to prevent Nacon from earning money from the game. According to the studio’s marketing manager Sergey Oganesyan, it happened after 11 months of dealing with “breaches [of the license agreements], ongoing hurdles and an unwillingness to cooperate” on the part of the publisher.
Developers also claimed that Nacon owed them around €1 million in unpaid royalties. The publisher responded to Frogwares’ allegations, calling them a “personal and erroneous interpretation.”
In October 2020, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled Frogwares’ decision unlawful and ordered the studio to stop any actions until its conflict with Nacon would be resolved. Developers tried to bring The Sinking City back on Steam, but the game was taken down soon after.
Frogwares managed to independently release the game on PlayStation 5. However, people can’t get a free update of their PS4 version because all rights to it still belong to Nacon.