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Sherlock Holmes Developers Accuse Publisher Of Delisting Their Games, Not Returning The Code

Frogwares, the studio behind a ton of Sherlock Games across most major platforms, have today accused publisher Focus Home Interactive of not only delisting a bunch of their games from digital shopfronts, but of then refusing to return the code.

The studio outlined the allegations in a statement released earlier today (emphasis added):

Hello,

This letter is addressed to everyone who is interested in the video game industry, and wants to take a look at what’s happening behind the curtain.

We are Frogwares, the developer of the Sherlock Holmes video games, and The Sinking City. We make detective games because it’s our passion, and because it allows us to live off it.

But today, that is under threat. Some of our games are being removed from Sony’s and Microsoft’s storefronts, and even maybe from Steam. This list includes our titles like Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack The Ripper and Magrunner: Dark Pulse (see full list below).

Why? Because 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 has expired.

Because, 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”.

A policy that is not in any of our previous or existing contracts with Focus and that has never been applied to us in the past.

Because of that policy, our games will be taken down from all storefronts.

As it stands right now, the only game left is Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishment which only has until September 29th. It is possible that it will be taken down at this date or earlier if nothing is done. The players will no longer be able to buy and play the game. We will also lose all our wishlists and every other bit of information on those store pages. As the creators and IP owners of all those games, we have no control and no say in this. The decision of Focus Home left us voiceless.

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 as we will have to update the SDK and that takes months. We are certainly not going to give up, and will pursue this issue through the appropriate channels.

We have always been an independent studio. We worked with many licensees on the grounds of mutual interests and benefits, but it’s the first time in 20 years we have encountered such a situation. We are losing all revenue attached to these games, for some – for 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.

Right now, we are in a tough situation. We are preparing ourselves for a significant loss. To those parties that can help us and have influence over the situation – feel free to contact us.

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As of today, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes and Magrunner: Dark Pulse have been removed from the PS3 store, while Sherlock Holmes versus Jack The Ripper, The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes, and Magrunner: Dark Pulse are no longer available for purchase on Xbox 360.

Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments is currently available on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 until September 29, while the rest of the company’s Steam games are self-published, so those should be OK.

We’ve contacted Focus Home Interactive for comment.

Source: Kotaku.com

Here’s July 2019’s Games With Gold Lineup

July’s Games With Gold lineup is a strange mix of family-friendly games and horror themed games. Inside is a wonderful and creepy platformer that you should play right away and don’t spoil yourself for how that game ends.

As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

July’s Games With Gold are:

Xbox One

  • Inside (July 1 – July 31)
  • Big Crown: Showdown (July 16 – Aug 15)

Xbox 360

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (July 1 – July 15)
  • Meet The Robinsons (July 16 – July 31)

Source: Kotaku.com

Telltale’s Minecraft Currently Costs $700 On Xbox 360 (But You’re Not Supposed To Buy It)

If you really think about it, all video games—dazzling feats of technical mastery assembled over the course of countless man hours—are priceless. But if you think about it even harder, you probably still won’t want to pay $100 for a single episode of the soon-to-be-delisted Minecraft: Story Mode.

Currently, each episode of the eight-part narrative-driven Minecraft series from Telltale (R.I.P.) costs $100 on the Xbox 360. That means the total cost of the whole thing is $700 (one episode is free). If that strikes you as prohibitively expensive, well, it’s supposed to be. A post on the Minecraft: Story Mode Facebook page Friday explained that in the process of removing the series from sale ahead of total de-listing on June 25, the game’s current stewards accidentally disabled previous owners’ ability to re-download it. The sudden price change is a workaround because, as you’re likely aware, the Xbox 360 is very old. It is tired and just wants to sleep. Also, its store backend wasn’t constructed with the sometimes-unfortunate economic realities of modern video games in mind.

“From working with the Xbox 360 platform, the only solution to this situation is to re-list the downloadable content for purchase,” reads the post on Minecraft: Story Mode’s Facebook page. “So, to assist existing customers, all the downloadable Episodes for the two Minecraft: Story Mode titles are temporarily re-listed but, to deter new purchases, they will be re-listed at a very high price!”

The post then goes on to explicitly state that people should not purchase the episodes: “The price shown is a real list price, please do not buy the content, if you do, you will be charged the amount shown. This is simply the only mechanism available to facilitate players being able to download their remaining episodes prior to servers shutting down.”

It’s a pretty absurd situation, all things considered—a funny footnote in the otherwise sad saga of Telltale games vanishing from platforms in the wake of the company’s ugly demise. As for Story Mode, hopefully we’ll be able to buy it again someday for less than $100 a piece. Or for anything at all, for that matter.

Source: Kotaku.com

It’s Pizza Time In Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach is a very good game and will soon be coming to PC and Xbox One via an update to The Master Chief Collection. This news prompted a bit of a meme, where folks started sending pizzas to 343 Industries. That inspired one modder to brings pizzas to Halo: Reach.

Created by Halo modder Lord Zedd, this mod changes all of the textures and text in Halo: Reach into pizzas or pizza references. Every sound is even changed into the simple audio clip of someone saying “It’s Pizza Time!” The quote and music were originally heard in Spider-Man 2 on PS2 and Xbox. A single tweet inspired the mod to be created.

The full video is 17 minutes. It’s a lot of pizza. You might want to mute this video once the gameplay starts. Unless you want to hear pizza time a thousand times.

I asked Zedd how they created this delicious creation. It was done on a modded Xbox 360 using a modded copy of Reach. After adding in the sound effects and pizza textures, Zedd used a small program they created to mass replace all the textures in the game with pizza. A simple code change was all that was needed to get all text in the game to display “It’s Pizza Time!”

The end result is oddly satisfying to watch until human beings with faces appear. Then suddenly this fun little mod starts to create nightmare beings who will live in your mind for years to come.

I want pizza time to end, please.

Source: Kotaku.com

Here’s February 2019’s Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup

February’s Games with Gold is an interesting mix, from retro stylings to series like Star Wars and Assassin’s Creed. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Games with Gold subscription.

February’s Games with Gold are:

Xbox One

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (February 1-20)
  • Super Bomberman R (February 16-March 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue (February 1-15)
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (February 16-28)

Source: Kotaku.com