With more perfect scores than any other game ever made, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a video gaming phenomenon. Some may be hungering for more Zelda-style action once they complete Nintendo’s open world masterpiece, and the upcoming Wind Waker-inspired Rime may help fill that void. However, those hoping to pick it up on Nintendo Switch should know that it costs $39.99 on that platform, which is $10 more than it will cost on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Rime‘s higher price point on Nintendo Switch was announced by publisher Grey Box earlier today, along with a release date. PC, PS4, and Xbox One owners can pick up Rime beginning May 26th, but in another turn of bad luck for Nintendo Switch owners, the game doesn’t currently have a release date for Nintendo’s home console/handheld hybrid beyond a vague “summer” release window.
So, what are Nintendo Switch owners getting in exchange for waiting longer for Rime and having to pay $10 more to get their hands on the game? Well, besides the ability to play the game on a TV or in handheld form, there may not be any additional bells and whistles for Switch owners that plan on picking up Rime this summer.
To its credit, Grey Box has offered an explanation of sorts as to why Rime will cost more on the Nintendo Switch than other platforms. “We set prices for our products based on the costs of development and publishing for each specific platform,” it said in a statement to Eurogamer. While we can’t say for certain, this statement seems to suggest that it simply costs more to create the Switch version of Rime, which is why it’s being sold at a higher price point.
If the Switch version of Rime does indeed cost more to develop, it’s unclear at this point what’s driving up the cost. One theory is that it costs more to produce Nintendo Switch cartridges than it does to release a game on a disc (Rime will have both a digital and physical release), which could explain why Grey Box is charging $10 more for Rime.
Unless Grey Box or Tequila Works decides to elaborate on its reasoning behind the price hike, all fans can do is speculate as to what is making the Switch version of the game cost more. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if other multiplatform Nintendo Switch titles follow a similar path as Rime or if they will have price parity with PC, PS4, and Xbox One games.
Rime will be available on May 26th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will release later this summer.