RiME: Switch Digital Version Given Permanent Discount

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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The upcoming indie RiME has been given a permanent price drop ahead of its launch, publisher Grey Box has confirmed. In response to complaints that both the digital and retail editions would cost a princely sum of $40 USD, the digital version will now retail for the slightly cheaper $29.99 in the US (€44.99 / £39.99 in Europe.)

To compensate for the price disparity, Grey Box announced the retail version will include a code for the game’s digital soundtrack free of charge.

Games on the Nintendo Switch also available on other platforms have had to retail in physical form at higher prices than on fellow platforms, a fact that Grey Box acknowledged openly. “The reason for the higher price was due to the additional development, manufacturing, and publishing costs involved with that port,” according to the publisher. “On the physical side, we can’t lower the price without selling at a loss, but we can add more value to the package”, per the retail edition’s included soundtrack.

While RiME launches across PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 26th, Switch owners will have to wait until later this year (Q3, which lasts from October through December). Developed by Tequila Works, the puzzle-adventure was originally announced as a PlayStation 4-exclusive back in 2013 before going multi-platform last year after its developer reacquired the rights.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise has to be Pokemon, full-stop. But his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4, He's been an attendee to the first-ever IGN House Party and a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.

  • Mr0303

    It’s kind of bad that the NS version is more expensive. I wonder if this is due to the cartridges. It would be interesting to compare other third party games that are coming out for all systems and whether this will become a trend.