Roots of Pacha pulled from Steam amid publishing dispute [UPDATE: It’s Back]

Roots of Pacha pulled from Steam amid publishing dispute [UPDATE: It’s Back]

[UPDATE 06/12/23] I unfortunately missed the news back on May 26th that Roots of Pacha had returned to sale on Steam. Developer Soda Den and publisher Crytivo shared the joint announcement on Twitter that the game had returned and both parties had amicably agreed to part ways. Soda Den is now listed as the publisher of the game on Steam. The announcement and our original post from May 15th follows:

Over the past two weeks, Crytivo and Soda Den have worked tirelessly to achieve the common goal of restoring Roots of Pacha on Steam. We are happy to share we have reached an agreement and that Roots of Pacha has been restored to Steam for all to purchase. 

We also would like to share that Crytivo and Soda Den have made the decision to amicably part ways under terms that are mutually beneficial. 

Soda Den sincerely thanks the Crytivo team for their efforts to support and market Roots of Pacha. Crytivo sincerely thanks Soda Den for their dedication and craft that went into the creation of Roots of Pacha. 

Our collective priority has always been the fans. We hope that the restoration of the Steam store page brings you joy. Thank you all for your support. 

Signed, Crytivo and Soda Den

Roots of Pacha Tweet – May 26, 2023

Another dispute between publisher and developer has rendered a new release inaccessible on Steam. This time it’s Roots of Pacha from developer Soda Den and publisher Crytivo that launched on Valve’s platform on April 25th and was delisted this past Saturday, May 13th. Soda Den took to Twitter shortly after to address the game’s disappearance:

As you may have noticed, the Roots of Pacha Steam page is temporarily offline. 

We are sad to report that we have been engaged in a dispute with Crytivo over the rights to Roots of Pacha. We worked hard to amicably resolve our issue with Crytivo internally. Instead of working with us to address the issue, Crytivo went to Valve and authorized them to remove Roots of Pacha from Steam without our knowledge or consent. 

While we work out our issues with Crytivo, we’ll continue developing Roots of Pacha with the same energy we’ve always put into it. We couldn’t be any more thankful for the overall reception of the game. We’re currently working on a roadmap and are excited to say it’ll be ready for you next month! 

We’re cautiously optimistic that Roots of Pacha will return to Steam very soon. 

Soda Den Tweet – May 13, 2023

Later that same day publisher Crytivo replied on Twitter with a public statement of their own, alleging that it was Soda Den’s actions that led to the game’s removal.

We want to address the recent developments concerning the Roots of Pacha game and its removal from Steam. We understand this news may be frustrating for our fans, and we assure you, our team is working diligently to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. 

The Crytivo team has worked hard on making Roots of Pacha a success. We’ve closely collaborated with the Soda Den team for 3 years, providing support and guidance throughout the journey leading up to the game’s launch on April 25th. 

On April 27th, just two days after the successful release, we received an unexpected message from the Soda Den team, informing us they were claiming to unilaterally rescind the contract we had worked under for three years, treating it as void. This disregarded all of our work and the agreed-upon revenue-sharing contract terms. Shortly after, they removed our access to the Steam page for our team. 

Per Valve Policy, if there is a dispute between parties, they remove the page until the dispute is resolved. 

We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging time. Rest assured, we are committed to resolving this situation and ensuring that Roots of Pacha returns to Steam. We will continue working closely with all parties involved, including Valve, to reach a satisfactory resolution. 

Of course, we have so much more to share about this incredible journey, and we stand proudly behind the services we have provided. 

We’re not seeking anything but the benefit of the contract we worked hard under for three years. This is an extremely challenging time for our team. 

Thank you for being a part of our family and for your unwavering support. 

Crytivo Tweet – May 13, 2023

Hopefully the details can be ironed out in secret and Pacha can return to sale soon especially as it’s also planned to come to consoles and the Epic Games Store in the future. Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news on this one.