Subscribe To A PlayStation 4 Exclusive Game May Not Be Exclusive After All Updates
One of the games that was announced a while back for the PlayStation 4 was thought to be an exclusive. It had all the makings of a high-end, open-world, 3D adventure title that could have been Sony's answer to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... except it may not be exclusive to the PS4.
Gamespot is reporting that the Brazilian ratings board recently issued a rating for the game Rime. The listing has recently been removed, but thanks to Google cache and an archive, we're able to see that the Ministry of Justice in Brazil did issue a listing through the ratings board for the game Rime.
The listing features the game for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The listing also states that Grey Box will be producing the title. The surprising thing here is that we see the Nintendo Switch on the list, indicating that if the ratings board is to be believed, the Nintendo Switch will have a really hot line-up of awesome games made available for it throughout 2017, even if you consider Rime to be a rip-off of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There's no such thing as having enough of a good thing.
The reason this news is significant is because Rime was supposed to be an exclusive indie title published by Sony and developed by Tequila Works. As pointed out in the Gamespot article, the game was introduced back in 2013 by Sony at GamesCom but disappeared from the media spotlight for a while until resurfacing under a different publisher following Tequila Works reacquiring the rights from Sony.
With Gray Box and Six Foot publishing the game, there's no longer any commitment to keeping the game on the PS4 as an exclusive. The publishers can easily maximize market reach and revenue by putting the game on as many consoles as possible.
There's still no estimate on when we can expect to see it on store shelves or digital storefronts, but, if the Brazilian ratings board is to be believed, then the game could end up being released sometime in 2017, given that most times games are rated months before release.
According to the archive of the ratings board, the game was actually just submitted to the board today on December 13th, 2016 for rating on the home consoles and PC. The entry now being removed from the board seems to suggest that someone working there pulled the trigger a little too early and published the results.
This has happened in the past, and quite frequently, too. There was the Assassin's Creed: Ezio Collection being outed by the Korean ratings board, as reported by Nerd Reactor. There was the Pacific Rim video game being outed by a ratings board ahead of its release back in 2013, as reported by Digital Spy. And the Shadow Complex remaster was also outed by the ratings board last year.
So, ratings boards have a tendency of jumping the gun for a lot of games, and a fairly good track record of being right.
In this case, Rime could be appearing on other consoles if the ratings board is to be believed. It would definitely be a big boon for the Nintendo Switch given that it would raise the console's launch appeal.