After asking players not to buy a version of Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City that appeared on Steam last week, developer Frogwares has now posted a blog explaining that the Steam upload is a hacked version of the game allegedly stolen by publisher Nacon. The game was originally delisted from Steam in an ongoing dispute between the developer and their contracted publisher on The Sinking City.
As reported by Vice, the studio published an extensive blog post titled “How Nacon Cracked and Pirated The Sinking City,” which calls the Steam re-release “corporate bullying, and incompetent hacking, at its finest.”
The blog post details how “Alain Falc, Nacon owner and CEO, warned us on December 28th 2020 in writing that ‘you have 48 hours to upload a new Steam master otherwise we will use all solutions available within the law and the contract.'” The post alleges that after the 48 hours was up, Nacon aquired a version of the game from DRM-free marketplace Gamesplanet in order to upload it onto Steam.