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RiME's digital release to cost $30, physical gets new bonus to account for $10 higher price

Back in March, we announced that the Nintendo Switch version of RiME was going to be released at $39.99 / €44.99 / £39.99. The reason for the higher price was due to the additional development, manufacturing, and publishing costs involved with that port.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.

At Grey Box, we are determined to provide a fair deal for everyone around. And 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 García (a sample of which you can find here). You will be able to download the music via Bandcamp in one of the multiple high-quality formats. 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.

Like I said, 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. Personally, we’re excited about it, because we want as many people as possible to hear David’s music! Regardless, we can assure you that no matter which version of RiME you play – and we hope to have a Switch version release date announced shortly – you’re going to have an amazing and touching experience. Thanks very much for your support!

Thanks to Neo Dark for the heads up!

Categories: Deals and Finds, Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch

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Perfect. I'm glad to see they listened!

So we have to pay extra for something the others will get for free?

Now the digital copy is a good deal. I guess this will be very digital game for most Switch owners.

unxiledrags
Wed May 10 17 02:50pm
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No. The other physical versions don't come with the soundtrack. The stand-alone soundtrack costs 10 so if someone wants the physical version & the soundtrack, it costs the same.

Now I don't have to wait for a sale. I'm just happy that they made the price the same.

That was nice of them. Hopefully the Switch version releases on schedule.

link2dpast
Wed May 10 17 03:08pm
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You guys have done it. You've saved this game! Thank you! Now, all we need is a release date.

Cool, the game is back on my radar now. As long as the reviews will be decent I'll pick it up

I don't have a switch yet but I'll buy the game physically when I could

Playtonic could take notes from this, making the Switch version of YL cheaper due to it being digital only because of lack of effort. That would make up for the absurd $40 price tag and belated launch date.

...Which sadly, this game suffers from as well, so I still think I'll pick this one up on the PS4 over the Switch. But at least they gave their fans a freaking release quarter and are aware of the demand!

The only announcement they CAN make for the backers (who were guaranteed one) was to the digital. That was the only given they can genuinely make. They gave a vague no-maybe on the physical edition of the game (which, I suspect, is a given, just much further down the road).

But why is the Euro price higher than the Dollar price? Don't think I've seen that before until recently

Pricing is never 1:1 with exchange rate, it is mostly related to import taxes for the various Euro countries, that and shipping isn't exactly cheap.

That's the thing. Buying traditional video games used to always be 1:1, but now it suddenly isn't anymore

elfteiroh
Wed May 10 17 11:02pm
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Same in Canada, the Switch cost 400$ here, and the PS4 was 440$ last time I looked. US 60$ games are 70-80$ here too. :/
Bomberman released at 85$.

Glad that they saw sense [it won't bomb as hard on Switch now].

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