Viewing Company : Frogwares


Digital Release:Steam
September 30, 2014

PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
September 30, 2014 (AU, EU, US)

Xbox 360, Xbox One
September 30, 2014 (AU, EU, US)

GOG.com
October 04, 2019
Delisting:Between September 29 and October 01, 2019 - Consoles
Developer:Frogwares
Publisher:Frogwares (Steam, GOG)
Focus Home Interactive (Consoles)
Available On:Digital:
Steam
GOG.com

Retail:
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Links:Frogwares.com page
Xbox.com page
PlayStation.com page

Frogwares confirms delisted titles, brings Sherlock Holmes to GOG plus a Studio Sale

Following up after the surprising news that their titles from publisher Focus Home Interactive were being removed from console and PC storefronts, Frogwares has issued official confirmation of the delistings. The studio posted a press release on October 4th to confirm that 9 out of their 10 store listings had been removed.

“The outcome is pretty bleak,” states Wael Amr, CEO of Frogwares, “and we are now fighting an uphill battle, trying to resubmit our games back on their stores where possible. As we previously said, the process is going to take several months, but there’s hope and we will continue to push on.”

That 10th title is Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments which Frogwares was able to regain control of, keeping it available on Steam, and quickly releasing it on GOG.com. As an added bonus, Frogwares has put many of their titles on sale on GOG.com through October 11th and those who buy Crimes & Punishments will also get a free copy of their 2010 title, Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of The Baskervilles. What’s more, Frogwares has prepared a free memorial artbook to commemorate their long history with Sherlock Holmes and for fans to enjoy while they continue working to bring their games back to storefronts.

“We are forever grateful for the sheer amount of public and industry-wide support we got, and we truly appreciate everyone who added their voice to the issue, Amr continues in the press release. “To show our gratitude we put together a digital booklet for Sherlock Holmes games and have released it for free to everyone. A big thank you to all the community that did actually reach out to us to try help once we brought this to light.”

While PC players still have plenty of Frogwares titles to choose from, the landscape is now completely barren on consoles. When we last posted, only a couple of titles remained on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but now they’ve all disappeared. A few are still available on physical media however.

I’ll begin working on adding the titles to the site and hope that a relisting comes sooner than later.

Focus Home Interactive delists Frogwares titles without notice

In the wake of the unfortunate news regarding publisher Nicalis and Ittle Dew 2 developer Ludosity, news broke on September 26th of another similar situation between a different pair of studios. Longtime Sherlock Holmes developer, Frogwares, posted a letter to Twitter explaining that their publishing partner at Focus Home Interactive had enacted a new policy regarding all of its associated titles.

Despite not being a clause in any of Frogwares past or current contracts, the new stipulation gives Focus Home the right to remove any games not in their current “catalog” from digital storefronts without first transferring these titles back to the developer or IP holder. What that means for Frogwares is that a major revenue stream for the studio has suddenly been cut off and they now have to scramble to attempt to get their titles back on sale.

As Frogwares explains in the full statement that can be found at the end of this post, “we are losing all revenue attached to these games, some an unknown period of time and for other games, forever. This new policy from Focus Home towards former contracted developers will land a serious blow to our studio, threatening our future games and the people who develop them.”

Focus Home has not made any public statement on the situation but Frogwares was quick to lay out their strategy for returning access to their delisted titles, saying that “we are in the process of setting up new store profiles, and we are contacting console stores and hope to try and rectify the situation. However, we are unable to confirm if this can be done and already know that it will be impossible for certain games on previous gen, and very costly for others.”

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get the affected titles on the site so for now here is a list of what is and isn’t available based on Frogwares’ statement. Unfortunately, Crimes & Punishments is also up in the air and Frogwares warns that it may be removed on September 29th. You can read that full and lengthy statement further below.

Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments (Available: Steam, Xbox 360)
The Testmanet of Sherlock Holmes (Available: Steam)
Magrunner: Dark Pulse (Available: Steam, PlayStation 3)
Sherlock Holmes versus Jack The Ripper (Available: Steam)

View all of Frogwares titles available on Steam here.