Eurogamer have investigated why Rime on Nintendo Switch costs £10 more than it does on PS4 and Xbox One. It’s quite obvious really, Switch games come on cartridges whilst Xbox and PS4 games ship on discs, which are much easier and cheaper to manufacture.
“We cannot enter in any specifics, but we can assure you Rime’s price is based on the costs of development and costs of manufacturing for each specific platform,” explained publisher Tequila Works in a statement.
Eurogamer say they have also heard that the cost of manufacture increases with the size of the card, again that seems very plausible, a 1gb USB memory stick is cheaper than a 32gb stick. However, some have speculated that this may lead to multi-platform Switch games having content cut so they fit on cheaper cartridge.
It has also been suggested digital versions of Switch games will retail at the same price as their physical counterpart to keep the bricks and mortar stores like GAME onside. That would mean the digital copy of Rime on Switch costs £10 more purely due to the costs of manufacturing an nonexistent cartridge.
This may also lead to some publishers skipping a physical version of Switch games altogether, so they can keep the cost of a game in line with our consoles. Sumo Digital’s Snake Pass will cost £15.99 on all platforms but there will be no physical release on Switch.
“Snake Pass is digital only,” Sumo COO Paul Porter told Eurogamer, “and we have no issue keeping the price the same across all platforms digitally. Indeed, it was important to us that people wouldn’t be penalised by which platform they decided to purchase.”
We should point that this is in no way a criticism of Tequila Works, it appears that they have to comply with the rules laid out by Nintendo.