Promising puzzle adventure Tin Hearts was confirmed and scheduled to release on 20th April for both PS5 and PS4, but in a twist we don’t think we’ve ever seen this close to launch before, the title’s now been signed up by Nintendo as a timed Switch exclusive. That means players on other platforms will have to wait until 16th May to play the game, including those on PlayStation consoles.
“Launching games is getting tougher, sometimes it is worth mixing things up,” a strange statement from publisher Wired Productions’ Leo Zullo starts. “With the love shown by Nintendo and Nintendo fans, it made sense to give those players a chance to experience the wholesome Tin Hearts – especially before Zelda comes and takes over.”
Developer Rogue Suns’ Kostas Zarifis made a similarly odd comment: “After winning ‘Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Game’ at Gamescom last year we wanted to celebrate all the love we’ve been receiving from the Nintendo community and this timed exclusive launch felt like a great way to do just that.”
Could the team have not celebrated with the Nintendo community and still released on other platforms as planned? Look, we know how this works, and there’s obviously been a few cheques cleared here – we just don’t think we’ve ever seen them drop this close to launch before. Oh well, reorganise your calendars, folks – 16th May it is!
They mean thanks to Nintnedo's generous wallets we are now contracted to show Nintendo fans some extra love.
@UltimateOtaku91 Pretty much, yeah. The only other thing I can think is they maybe wanted to delay it on all platforms but were scared of Zelda on Switch so have decided to release it there first.
But still, it's just a bad look delaying it on all other platforms this close to release, and then spinning it as a celebration of Nintendo fans lol.
@UltimateOtaku91 that or there was a “bug” delaying performance mode on the consoles.
Most likely a “bug” though.
@get2sammyb Indeed. Could also be that this allows them to concentrate on fixing ONE version, Switch, and avoid Zelda, while they may not have had time to fix all versions.
But it's probably a bung not a bug.
There was a bug in our wallet Nintendo patched it.
Might not even have been money involved. Might just be that they aren’t able to get all versions finished in time and decided they’d sell most on Switch, so they prioritised getting that out first.
Not gonna complain, exclusives are the name of the business, but this is definitely the worst time to announce it with it schedule in 2 weeks
With how its done this with Nintendo it better be a really good game when it finally hits PS or else everyone gonna murder it, unless it turns out that the latest consoles are the problem for the delay of course. Did look interestingly good when first seen it last year though
For all the sh*t Sony takes for “moneyhatting” and timed exclusives, Nintendo is the real scumbag of this practice, and their names are never even mentioned. Maybe because it’s primarily Japanese games, but nobody does this more than Nintendo. It’s time they get called out and ripped to shreds. But I assume they’ll continue to skate under the radar because everyone loves Nintendo 🙄.
@thefourfoldroot1 Why not just say that then?
"With the love shown by Nintendo..."
The devs type as they pocket the cash dropped in from Nintendo's Mario drone.
Joking aside, doing something like this two weeks before release is the strangest thing I think I've ever seen.
Because they thought admitting failure / that the game might be released barely serviceable, was worse than trying to make Ninty fans feel special? Don’t know, but it seems to make more sense that their nonsensical statement.
I might be wrong, but it also just doesn’t seem like Nintendo’s MO.
@thefourfoldroot1 I think personally, if they were having issues shipping on multiple platforms, I'd rather hear that from them rather than the drivel they've said here.
Pretty sure this was a decision on the part of the developer, not something dictated by Nintendo. We would have known of the timed exclusivity before now, and the exclusivity period would have been longer.
Still, unfortunate for people on other platforms who were looking forward to... whatever this is (genuinely never heard of it until now, and I'm plugged into gaming news every day).
Just be the slightest bit transparent and say the money was good, dude. Other indies say it plainly and most people get it, videogame development is tough for a small team's budget and every cash injection helps.
I hope they realise this will turn some people off. Hogwarts Legacy got a delay on multiple platforms some longer than others and just told people what the deal was. IF development issues were the real problem saying that would be better than this statement. If it's really about money then just say that too, dont pretend to love one fanbase or platform more at the 99th hour.
I can't imagine Nintendo paid for 26 days of exclusivity?
Well I'll never purchase this game then. I guess they think the gaming community is dumb. They sound like a bunch off greedy idiots with those statements.
@thefourfoldroot1 Come on two weeks before a planned release? Don't kid yourself if it was such a problem then the release would not have been announced.
@DefiledViper Look at playasia games released with English subs only on Switch but not Playstation it's so strange you translated the same game but don't release it on both platforms so strange.
So because Gamescom gave them a Switch-specific award, they’ve delayed releases two weeks prior? I don’t buy it. I don’t think there’s some sort of paid deal going on either, that would seem even weirder to me.
Games are constantly put back close to release. I just don’t see Ninty paying them off, they know their customer base is seperate for the most part so there isn’t any point.
Much more likely they just had to focus on one version to release at least that in time, and they saw most customers on Switch.
Bizarrely pointless, I do hope they didn't waste too much money on this. Maybe it's just an experiment to see how it affects sales.
Given its only a month and Nintendo has Zelda due, I'm doubtful any money was involved. I'm guessing it's more like they were pushing through final polish and seeing as they had the biggest buzz on switch and any delay would have had them head to head Zelda they have focused were they expected the most sales.
Everyone wins!… except for all the players.
I think we can manage. Lol
I always enjoy a game more if I know that others can’t enjoy it yet. /s
I had never even heard of this game until I saw this article.
I think what probably happened is:
No offense to the developers, I just don't see this as being something Nintendo as a whole would pay for to make exclusive for such a short window.
I can’t see Nintendo paying for such a small amount of timed exclusivity.
I doubt it's because they couldn't ship for all platforms, remember this is a game that will support PSVR2, so they were ADDING platforms, they must have felt comfortable with their timeline if they added VR of all things. But they seem terrified of Zelda and that must be what really pushed them.
Still getting this for VR2 when it lands,
@GamingFan4Lyf @Ralizah It's been posted on Push multiple times and was part of....someone's notE3 showcase in the past few years, PS? MS? Devolver? Can't remember. It's a Lemmings type thing. It's always looked pretty good.
As an owner of all playstation consoles, and a couple versions of the switch, I couldn't give a monkeys..
If the game I've never heard of (and only have now because of this twist) comes out on playstation a few weeks later, I'll wait for playstation, if it's actually a good game. Switch games tend to cost more, and stay at a higher price for longer.
Plus, when I buy it on playstation my kids can all play it on thier playstations too. Can't really do that on switch as download would be only for one account, but I can download it to all playstations in the house for no extra outlay
@thefourfoldroot1 Why not tell the truth instead of all the nonsense then this make it look worse but that my personal opinion. You have to agree it's totally stupid to come with a response like two weeks before you showed a release date.
I wasn't, but if I was really looking forward to this game, I'd be pissed. Like the article says, I've never seen this happen before where I game turns into a timed exclusive basically right before release. I can understand people's disappointed/anger, as if it really was Nintendo swooping in to make it a timed exclusive (an obvious distinct possibility), that's even worse than what Sony does with some of their timed exclusives.
To people who aren’t stupid and gullible it is an incredibly transparent lie. To the majority of people it’ll just sound nice, and not as much of a negative as saying all other versions are delayed, which is the actual truth.
I had honestly forgotten all about this game, but I do feel terrible for my friends that only have a PS4/PS5.
@thefourfoldroot1 Why does that sound negative? We want to polish the other versions first and we want to focus on the Switch version because we don't want to compete with Zelda.
It doesn’t. It’s a transparently positive spin. That’s what I said.
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