It may be one of the most anticipated PlayStation 4 titles in production, but things could have been very different for Tequila Works’ stunning ICO-esque excursion RIME. A document uncovered by underground publication VG Leaks indicates that the Spanish developer actually pitched the title to Microsoft first, as an Xbox Live Arcade, Windows 8, and Windows Phone exclusive.
The document reveals that the release was originally dubbed Echoes of the Siren, which we already knew due to the confusion that it caused regarding a hypothetical sequel to Keiichirō Toyama’s similarly named horror series late last year. In the original documentation, the title was described as “Gauntlet meets Minecraft meets Jason and the Argonauts”, where you must scavenge for items in the day and defend your fortifications at night. It’s likely that the project’s changed a lot since then.
Of course, the good news for us PlayStation fans is that Microsoft passed on the pitch, paving its path to the PS4. Speaking on Twitter earlier this week, Phil Spencer, an executive at the Redmond-based manufacturer, noted that part of his job involves “living with mistakes”. He added: “Passed on Guitar Hero; I can list many misses regretfully. I try to focus on what we did ship.” We can appreciate the honesty.
There’s still no date attached to the luscious escapade, but we’re hopeful that we’ll learn a lot more at one of the big press events later this year. Are you aching for the opportunity to bask in the title’s sharp sunshine? Slap on some tanning lotion in the comments section below.