It seems that legal disputes between Frogwares Y Nacon they have just acquired a much more serious tone than we have witnessed so far. After ask the gaming community not to buy The Sinking City After his return to Steam, now the developer has decided to go one step further and has made a harsh statement against the publisher.
Both through your Web page as of the twitter account of the game, Frogwares has accused the French company of, allegedly, steal, hack, alter the source code and try to hide your trail on the return of the game to Valve’s platform, all without your knowledge.
The work team points out that the practices carried out by Nacon are “corporate harassment and incompetent hacking, at its best. “The main arguments of Frogwares in its position consist of different comparisons between the version uploaded to Steam by Nacon and the original title.
Exchange of logos, watermarks, or different menu options as a promotional announcement of the next title of Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, are some of the examples used and presented as evidence.
According to Frogwares, these changes could only be made by decompiling The Sinking City through their encryption key, since the content of the work is archived thanks to an encryption system in Unreal Engine. The developer notes that Nacon would have used that key to freely modify the necessary files to later upload the game to Steam.
Another significant change is the disappearance of the “Play More” option in the main menu, which sends the user to an external server. Frogwares indicates that it is a “non-intrusive security measure” and that it serves to identify hackers, checking the version they use. Frogwares points to Nacon as responsible for this absence.
What’s more, They also accuse Nacon of removing the watermark “This version of The Sinking City is for exclusive distribution to Gamesplanet.” Since the summer of 2020, all versions of the game contain a specific watermark that is located in the lower right corner of the main menu.
“We believe that Nacon did this to hide the fraudulent exploitation of the game on Steam, but also on other portals to which they might be planning to submit the game,” alleges Frogwares. “Nacon wants Frogwares or anyone, including the French justice, never know the true extent of your exploitation of the game“.
A Steam review He warned that the version uploaded on February 26 did not include the platform’s characteristic achievements. The study specifies that it is the Deluxe version, which includes post-launch content and which is outside the contract signed with Nacon.
The statement closes by warning that Alain Falc, owner of Nacon, “you will have to face the legal consequences of the decision to hack and steal the property of Frogwares“.” We have full confidence in the Justice so that these actions are considered as they should “, sentence Frogwares.
For his part, Nacon made his response to Frogwares’ request to the community not to buy the game. In a post on Steam, the publisher has lamented that the study has urged players to make that move.
In addition, he has defended himself against accusations about the lack of payments. “It was Frogwares who came to Nacon to request funding for the development of the game, and to date, Nacon has paid more than 10 million euros to Frogwares, “explains the company.
Nacon defends its burden of responsibility on the play, as “the game has been fully developed and published, largely thanks to Nacon’s money and work.” He adds that “Frogwares would like to revise the terms of the contract to their sole advantage. It is easy to play the victim, but the only thing that we seek is that Frogwares respect its commitments both in the contract and those required by the courts. “
While this text predates the recent accusation of hacking the game, Nacon has already responded to the early allegations that the Steam version of The Sinking City was different. “This is an official and complete version. However, due to lack of cooperation with Frogwares, we are unable to integrate Steam specific features (cloud save / achievements). Therefore, this version contains only the base game, without any additional content. “
They end by saying that they would have preferred that its relationship with Frogwares “remains cooperative and respectful, as is the case with all the studies whose titles we publish “.