Among the numerous different video games that got here out on Steam final Friday was a title known as The Sinking City. In regular circumstances, it wouldn’t have stood out. It’s a game from 2019 that earned largely common opinions. However, its developer, a studio named Frogwares, says The Sinking City was uploaded to Valve’s storefront by its earlier writer with out its consent.
On Monday, the studio shared a prolonged and video detailing its allegations in opposition to Nacon. In brief, Frogwares claims the company bought a duplicate of the game from a competing storefront after which went on to hack and add it to Steam. The developer stated that is Nacon’s third try to publish a pirated model of The Sinking City and this newest one got here after the company issued it a 48-hour ultimatum. According to the studio, the Steam launch of the game options a number of telltale indicators that had it been altered, together with lacking logos and UI parts. Frogwares was ready to look at the config information utilizing its personal encryption key, which it seems Nacon didn’t change when it reuploaded the game.
“To be clear this is hacking and when hacking has the purpose to steal a product and make money with it, it’s called piracy or counterfeiting,” the studio stated. “In order to achieve this goal, programmers with serious skills need to be involved. This is not DIY work by inexperienced people, this is done by programmers who know [the] Unreal engine well.”
The two corporations have been concerned in over The Sinking City since 2019. That’s left the game unavailable on some platforms. The studio believes Nacon will try to publish the hacked model of The Sinking City to different storefronts. Nacon addressed the allegations in an replace on the game’s . “We regret that Frogwares persists in disrupting the release of the Sinking City. It was Frogwares who came to Nacon to request financing for the development of the game, and to date, more than 10 million euros have been paid to Frogwares by Nacon,” it stated.
As of the writing of this text, The Sinking City continues to be accessible to purchase by means of Steam. Frogwares stated Nacon may have to face “legal consequences” for its actions.