Rime announced for Nintendo Switch

Chris Stead 5 January 2017

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After four years in the wilderness, gorgeous indie adventure Rime is back and it has gone multi-format, due in May for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

When it first appeared as a PS4 exclusive during Sony’s 2013 E3 indie showcase, Tequila Works’ Rime looked a treat. Its surreal atmosphere and cel-shaded sense of adventure recalled the likes of both Ico and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker – a blockbuster mix. While little was revealed about the title, the premise involves a young boy cursed to isolation on an island and trying to escape. The initial trailer suggested an experience that abandoned combat in favour of open-world exploration and puzzle solving. You can watch the trailer below and we dare you not to want this game by the end of it.

Sadly, after its E3 bow, development went quiet. Eventually, it emerged that in 2016, Tequila Works had bought the rights back from Sony, enabling the expansion of the title onto more formats. Now out of nowhere comes word that the game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC, and doing so in May 2017. In particular, the Switch announcement is exciting, adding to our expanding list of announced games for Nintendo's new console. Plus it would appear that the game that excited us so much four years ago remains intact. The studio’s CEO and creative director, Raúl Rubio, released the following quote:

“With RiME’s release now only a few months away the team is still working hard on adding the final touches to the game, but when I look back to when this journey began I feel we have remained true to our initial vision for the project and the original concept of living an adventure through the eyes of an eight-year-old child.”

“It’s true that bringing RiME to other platforms has meant additional workload for the team, but being able to share our vision with a wider audience makes that extra effort worth it. The team at Tequila Works is grateful to the belief Grey Box and Six Foot has shown in both RiME and the studio which has meant the game will now come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in May.”

In the years since Rime was first revealed, the indie scene has continued to boom and on the back of titles like The Witness, Abzu and Journey, so has a thirst for games that focus in on exploration and imagination over violent cutscenes and dudebro dialogue. We’re very excited by this announcement and thrilled that the wait to release is so negligible. Here’s hoping that nothing gets in the way between now and then and the four years of extra development was worth it.

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