Update: The Sinking City is now available for purchase on Origin, both individually and as part of Origin Access Premier.
Folks, the Sinking City is out now on EA Origin! https://t.co/nIjAkVponz— The Sinking City (@thesinkingcity) July 2, 2020
All DLC, including Merciful Madness (previously exclusive to the Nintendo Switch) is also available as part of Deluxe Edition and as a separate purchase. We are working on other platforms too! pic.twitter.com/HRr9HZuR9c
Original: Investigative horror adventure game The Sinking City has been silently removed from "several platforms", including Steam, the Epic Games Store and Gog.com.
The Sinking City launched on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive but had pages on both Steam and Gog.com in anticipation of its release on those respective platforms, after its one-year deal with Epic would have expired.
Those pages, alongside the one on the Epic Games Store, are no longer available, although developer Frogwares is aware and "working to fix this".
The Sinking City Removed from Steam and the Epic Games Store
According to website Steam Database, The Sinking City was removed from Valve's storefront on May 22, close to one month before its one-year Epic exclusivity would have ended. Some changes have happened in the background since, although it's hard to tell what exactly they tackle.
Although The Sinking City is no longer available on Steam, Epic Games Store and Gog.com, players can still purchase it from the developer's own website, the Humble Store and Gamesplanet.
Folks, we know that The Sinking City has disappeared from several platforms. Our team is working to fix this. In the meantime, you may purchase the game directly from our website: https://t.co/ttSKlwz9zR. Additionally, it is now available on Gamesplanet: https://t.co/fKiXV12RIT. pic.twitter.com/glbg5TfQgR— Frogwares (@Frogwares) June 27, 2020
Frogwares previously had issues with former publisher Focus Home Interactive which delisted a number of Sherlock Holmes games when their publishing agreement expired. Given how The Sinking City was distributed by Bigben (now known as Nacon), it's unlikely that the two situations are connected.
Frogwares clarified its relationship with Focus Home in an interview with website Planete Aventure from back in February, saying that: "We have always been the sole owners of our games and the only ones to insure the financial risks.", describing its past collaborators as just distributors, rather than traditional publishers.
GameWatcher has reached out to Frogwares for comment but did not receive an answer in time for publishing.
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