Whilst the digital version of RiME on Nintendo Switch will be offered at a reduced cost in most regions, this won’t be the case within Australia. Developer Grey Box today detailed the reasons why RiME is priced at $79.95 AUD here in the country, regardless of version.
“Recently, we announced that the [Australian] Nintendo Switch version of RiME was going to be released at AUD$79.95. 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,” Grey Box began.
“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.”
While there won’t be a reduced price for the digital copy, the physical version of RiME will come with extra goodies.
“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. 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 in Australia], 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 full post can be found here.
Users who plan to buy digitally on Switch have the option of registering for an account from a different region, then buying the game from that region’s eShop.
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RiME is available on Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC from 26 May.