Rime will no longer cost more digitally on Switch than it does on other platforms.
Developer Tequila Works in March blamed the disparity on development and publishing platform costs. And indeed, the physical Switch release will still retail for more than other platforms – a fact that presumably can be pegged on the higher manufacturing costs of Switch cartridges.
While some were understanding of these go-to-market costs, there were still a number of folks who weren’t happy. We totally understand: nobody wants to pay higher prices,” publisher Grey Box has now said.
So we discussed how we could do that, without simply selling at a loss, all while also being fair to our retail partners. So, here’s what we’re doing. First off, the digital version of Rime on Nintendo Switch will now cost $29.99 / €34.99 / 29.99, the same price as the game on other platforms. So, that’s straightforward enough.
On the physical side, we can’t lower the price without selling at a loss, but we can add more value to the package. And that’s what we’re doing. For the Nintendo Switch version of Rime, all physical copies will include a printed code for a download of the complete, beautiful soundtrack by David Garca.
The soundtrack is planned on being sold separately for $10 in the US (and equivalent prices elsewhere), and so the value you’re going to get out of this will be the same as somebody who purchased a different version of Rime, and then bought the soundtrack.”
Grey Box’s goals are to provide a great product at a great value. We hope you’ll find this new offering to be fair.”