Sherlock Holmes and The Sinking City developer Frogwares is seeing its titles delisted against its will.
The Ukrainian adventure game developer is currently seeing numerous titles becoming unavailable to purchase due to its unruly ex-publisher.
Revealed through a statement posted on Twitter, the developer explained the situation behind the recent delistings.
“We make detective games because it’s our passion, and because it allows us to live off it,” the developer said. “But today, that is under threat.”
“Focus Home Interactive, the licensee (or “publisher”) that was in charge of commercialising these games on these platforms, refuses to transfer the title IDs to us, the creators and IP owners of those titles, even though our Publishing and Distribution Agreement has ended.”
“According to their official statement, sent to us only last week, ‘Focus has put in place a policy in accordance with which they will not transfer any title – the content ID or title ID – belonging to any developer which has removed all of their games from the Focus catalog.”
As it stands, four of the developer’s titles have been taken down from digital storefronts. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper and Magrunner: Dark Pulse are all delisted. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment will be delisted on September 29th.
Attention: an important message from our studio. pic.twitter.com/HqMA8Du8iE
— Frogwares (@Frogwares) September 26, 2019
Unless the developer gets the IDs necessary to get their titles put back onto digital stores, Focus Home Interactive will be causing a lot of unnecessary trouble for the game’s creators. With Frogwares being the IP holder of the titles in question, it’s only right for the IDs to be transferred.