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RiME’s digital price will remain the same as physical in Australia

by Daniel VuckovicMay 11, 2017

Last night we reported that RiME developer Greybox had announced that the price of digital version of the game would be dropped to parity with the other consoles. The physical version, would remain the same but with the added sweetener of a code to download the game’s soundtrack.

This will not be happening in Australia.

A modified note from Greybox has been sent to us by the Australian company distributing the game, the game will remain remain $79.95AU both digitally and physically;

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

Basically they’re putting the happiness of retailers over you, the customer here. The game isn’t dropping in price digitally here as well because no store will bother to buy stock if it’s lower on the eShop. It’s a double edged sword. Whatever Nintendo need to do, to make Switch cards cheaper needs to be done sooner rather than later.

Lucky for you the Switch is region free and you can buy it, cheaper from another region.

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.

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.

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 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 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!

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18 Comments
  • May 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Grey Box can go suck a Toad

  • Inf
    May 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Buy from the US eShop. $30USD for the digital release translates to roughly $40AUD. Half off!

    100% increase in price Because Australia tax is a joke.

  • Coolboard
    May 11, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Too bad, I was really looking forward this game, but I don’t want to support this kind of behaviour, so I won’t be buying it on any region.

  • Bulbasaur
    May 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    $80?

    Tell ’em they’re dreaming.

  • sheepytina
    May 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    There’s no RiME or reason for this!

  • Silly
    May 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    The RRP is meaningless as the major retailers are likely to sell it for $10 less. Both Lego City Undercover and MK8D were available for $20 less (give or take) at launch.

    • Thomas
      May 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      True but I wont support them even at a significantly lesser price point now, this is hypocrisy gone mad..
      I’ll wait till I can pick it up 2nd hand and then the greedy bastards get not a single $ from me.

  • Silly
    May 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    What I don’t understand is why the Switch version is so much more expensive than the other versions. The Switch version costs $20 more than on other consoles and $30 more than the PC version. Is the game being shipped on a 32GB cartridge or something?

    • OzHuski
      May 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Cart price isn’t the issue – people have just blamed the carts. The Switch version has been outsourced and all the increased costs are likely due to the (Aussie) devs who are making it for them.

      • Jimmmo
        May 11, 2017 at 10:05 pm

        i don’t understand how the US/UK can have the price dropped and other regions like Aus miss out.

  • Jake
    May 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Why on earth is it $79 when it’s $29 US? That’s just not an acceptable price difference even when accounting for exchange rates
    They should just cancel the physical release here and make it $40 on the eshop

  • Thomas
    May 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    “At Grey Box, we are determined to provide a fair deal for everyone”

    How the actual F**K is this a fair deal for Australia Grey Box, you give every other region a better digital price but not Australia.. I think you may need to rethink what a “fair deal” means.. I was going to buy this but F**K you and F**K your game.

  • Justin
    May 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    glad i bought it from amazon while they had a price error ($50 aud with shipping) 😉

  • OzHuski
    May 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Everyone keeps saying its due to cart cost – but we all know that’s bullocks! It has absolutely nothing to do with it. Sadly its due to a 3rd party (Tantalus Australia if I’m correct) that is now handling the port for the Switch. Its not being done in house.

    I still think it’s a crock and price parity should exist.

  • Jordan
    May 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I’d rather pay more and get it overseas than support these guys. Sucks though, want to support aus so developers know we want games but…

  • Jimmmo
    May 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Lets just hope that TARGET can have a good launch sale for Rime, I wouldn’t doubt them ;D

  • Alec
    May 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I’ll definitely get the game but preferably when it goes on sale around Christmas when games are sold cheaper and when I’ll be getting the Switch. I don’t want to miss out on a potentially good game bit personally, I can wait.

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