The Sinking City is a Lovecraftian horror detective sport that was launched in the summertime of 2019, after which disappeared from most on-line storefronts in Aug. 2020 due to a dispute between writer Nacon and developer Frogwares. Today, the sport returns to storefronts. It is accessible for buy on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One; it can return to Steam and the PlayStation Store at a later date.

The sport was faraway from Steam, the Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and PlayStation four on Aug. 25, 2020. At the time, Frogwares launched an open letter detailing its aspect of its legal dispute with writer Nacon, which had lately merged with Bigben Interactive. The letter claimed that Nacon had refused to pay royalties, with the whole owed standing at “roughly 1 million euros.” Frogwares additionally took challenge with Nacon’s advertising of the sport, which the studio noticed as deceptive shoppers to suppose Nacon was the mission’s developer.

“Short version: We were forced to terminate the contract with our licensee for several breaches of our agreement,” learn the assertion launched by Frogwares. “We urge you to read this open letter to our fans, journalists and people of the industry, to understand why this is happening and how you can still get The Sinking City.”

Today, Nacon released a statement with an update on the legal case. The dispute between Nacon and Frogwares continues to be pending earlier than the French courts, and might be for a number of months. However, on Oct. 28, 2020, the Paris Court of Appeal rendered its first enforceable choice. The Court dominated that Frogwares had unlawfully terminated its contract, and so the contract will proceed till additional choices are made. The Court ordered Frogwares to “refrain from any action on the breach of this contract, [and to] refrain from any action that impedes this continuation.”

Nacon’s assertion reads: “Confirmed in its expectations by this decision and regardless of the time needed to resolve this dispute definitively, NACON is continuing its action in defense of its rights and has proceeded with the execution of this court decision by asking platforms and sites to put The Sinking City game back online so that no one is held hostage to this situation. It is however specified that insofar as some of the game’s online stakes depend on the goodwill of Frogwares to perform, their absence cannot be attributed to NACON.”

The Sinking City had remained on the Nintendo Switch storefront during the last yr, in addition to by just a few distribution companions, like Origin and Gamesplanet.

Polygon reached out to each Nacon and Frogwares, and each events declined to present remark.