Focus Home Interactive is delisting several Frogwares titles across PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
While Frogwares is known more recently for The Sinking City, which just released for Nintendo Switch, the studio has made a name for themselves since its formation in 2000 with several detective games centered around Sherlock Holmes. For several years these titles, as well as the FPS Magrunner: Dark Pulse were published by Focus Home Interactive, a French publisher that released both Greedfall and The Surge 2 this month. Unfortunately, Frogwares revealed today that Focus Home Interactive is delisting many of their games from Steam, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 due to a new policy.
Their full statement, which was posted to Twitter, reveals that “Focus Home Interactive, the licensee (or “publisher”) that was in charge of commercializing 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 agreement has ended.” Focus Home Interactive apparently told Frogwares last week that “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 this policy was not in any of their contracts, Frogwares is rightfully angered. The games in question include Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments across all platforms, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes and Magrunner: Dark Pulse on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper on just Xbox 360. Though Frogwares says they plan to set up new store profiles for as many of these games as possible, the developer is “unable to confirm if this can be done and already know that it will be impossible for certain games on previous gens and very costly for others as we will have to update the SDK and that takes months.”
It is always saddening to see titles delisted, especially in situations like this where the developers that actually created the titles don’t have a say in it. You can check out Frogwares full statement below, and DualShockers will be sure to let you know about any major developments regarding this story in the future.
Attention: an important message from our studio. pic.twitter.com/HqMA8Du8iE
— Frogwares (@Frogwares) September 26, 2019