One of the things marring the Nintendo Switch at the moment is that sometimes the games simply cost more than they do on other platforms. Want to buy Puyo Puyo Tetris on Switch? That’ll be £35, mate. On PlayStation 4? £25, then.
The reason for the pricing difference is that the cartridges Switch games come on cost more to manufacture than discs for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. It was for this reason, alongside additional development and publishing costs that Tequila Works and publisher Grey Box set the pricing at $39.99 / €44.99 / £39.99 for Switch and $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99 for other platforms back in March.
However, they’ve heard your annoyance at this fact and are addressing a move that Sega took with Puyo Puyo Tetris in America – one that Deep Silver didn’t take in the EU. The game is being reduced on digital to match the price of other platforms, so it will be available for $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99 from the Switch eShop.
At retail, however, the game will still cost more as it costs more to produce. However, to differentiate the version of the game – something we believe is needed to allow this to price split to occur – physical copies will include a download for the soundtrack by David García (a sample of which you can find here) delivered digitally via Bandcamp. That soundtrack will be sold separately for $10 US, helping to even out the price difference.
The Switch release of the game doesn’t yet have a release date, but Rime is coming out on 26th May for PS4, XBO and PC. In the meantime, here’s our hands on video and written impression from a couple months ago with this lovely looking game.
Source: Grey Box