If you hadnt heard, the Lovecraftian, open world mystery game was in a strange legal standing after the developers (Frogwares) issued a DMCA on steam against their own game. The reason? They claimed that the publishers (Nacon) uploaded that version of the game to the marketplace without their consent, using a pirated copy of the game to do it. And all of this was after their former publisher, Focus Home Interactive, held their game IDs hostage after they wanted to leave. Since then, ownership of the game has been complicated.
With that considered, seeing the game come to next gen Xbox consoles is certainly a surprise. And its more than just a port. The updated version will feature improved graphics, better load times, new quests, and 60 FPS support. Ok, maybe its not TOO surprising, since the same situation happened with the PlayStation 5 a few months ago.
The next gen versions of the game are independently published, freeing them from any obligations with Nacon. One unfortunate side effect, however, is that upgrades from last-gen editions is unlikely. Frogwares explained the problem in a recent statement.
As of today, The Sinking City is available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5
Some of you have been asking about a platform upgrade for the game from the last-gen versions, however this is sadly not possible at the moment.
The Sinking City on previous and current generation of consoles have different IDs and different publishers on record. On Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, Frogwares is the developer and publisher of the title. So, due to the ongoing legal and technical situation, this game is currently not eligible for a platform upgrade.
As the situation is being handled legally, it remains frozen for the time being on our side.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.
Our sympathies to anyone with PS4/Xbox One versions of the game.
All in all, were glad that Frogwares is regaining control of the game they made. Weve heard our fair share of game publisher power abuse stories, and this was a rough one. While its not over yet, it appears to be getting better.
The Sinking City is available now on Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 for $50, with three optional add-ons available from $5 to $13 each.