Update: RiME developer Grey Box has sent Eurogamer a FAQ sheet explaining the price bump on the Switch.
“We set prices for our products based on the costs of development and publishing for each specific platform,” is the answer to why the Switch version has a higher price than the other versions. That’s not much of an answer, really.
The folks behind the upcoming indie puzzle-exploration game Rime have announced a release date of May 26th… for most consoles. Developer Tequila Works, alongside Grey Box and Switch Foot, also announced that the Switch version would be arriving “shortly thereafter.”
On the positive side of things, the title is getting a physical release on the platform, with some nice box art to boot. On the negative side once more, the Switch version will go for ten dollars/euros/pounds more than other platforms, for a total of $39.99 / €44.99 / £39.99. There’s no word on why the Switch version will take longer to come out and cost more money, but hopefully there are in-game features to compensate. Otherwise, it would seem counterintuitive to buy it when the other options are cheaper and come out earlier.
We’ll be sure to tell more as information becomes available.
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