Developer Soda Den and publisher Crytivo has managed to resolve a dispute that recently led to Roots of Pacha being delisted from Steam. The game is now live again, but the two companies will no longer work with each other.
On May 26, Crytivo released a statement on Twitter (the same message was posted by Soda Den). Both parties noted that they “have made the decison to amicably part ways under terms that are mutually benefitial.”
“Over the past two weeks, Crytivo and Soda Den have worked tirelessly to achieve the common goal of restoring Roots of Pacha on Steam,” the statement reads. “We are happy to share we have reached an agreement and that Roots of Pacha has been restored to Steam for all to purchase.”
The terms of the agreement remain undisclosed, but it allowed to restore the Roots of Pacha Steam page. It is worth noting that the game is now self-published by Soda Den, so the studio is no longer contractually bound to Crytivo.
— Roots of Pacha – BACK ON STEAM! (@rootsofpacha) May 26, 2023
The dispute between Soda Den and Crytivo started on May 13, when Valve temporarily delisted Roots of Pacha from its store until the conflict between the parties is resolved. Both companies made their own statements, with Soda Den accusing the publisher of “authorizing” Valve to remove the game from Steam without their consent and Crytivo claiming that the studio has breached the contract just two days after launch.
Released on April 25, Roots of Pacha is a prehistoric farming and life sim game inspired by Stardew Valley. It received warm reception from both critics and players, with 93% of the 1,097 reviews on Steam being positive.