Microsoft said no to PlayStation 4 exclusive Rime

"Part of job is living with mistakes," says Microsoft exec Phil Spencer.

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Microsoft at one stage turned down a chance to own the title that would end up becoming intriguing PlayStation 4 exclusive Rime, leaked documents have revealed.

VG Leaks published the documents, which showed that Tequila Works asked Microsoft for $3 million to develop an Xbox Live Arcade version of what was then called Echoes of Siren. The title would also come to Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and was described as "Gauntlet meets Minecraft meets Jason and the Argonauts" in its pitch document.

Microsoft studios exec Phil Spencer answered a question on Twitter about why Microsoft declined the option to fund the game. "Part of job is living with mistakes," said Spencer.

"Passed on Guitar Hero...I can list many misses regretfully. I try to focus on what we did ship."

"We'll miss some, nature of the beast," he added, "it's why I don't hate when games ship elsewhere. Cool to see team's idea turn into great game."

Rime is still in development for PlayStation 4. It does not yet have a release date, but captured the imagination of many when it was unveiled at Gamescom 2013.

Discussion

265 comments
deadpen
deadpen

Microsoft said still counts as a "microsoft says" article. Not trying too hard in hiding them again I see.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The way many of the Xbox fans seem to be reacting (eg. "Meh", "no big deal", Not missing out on anything", "doesn't look that good anyway") it would seem that Microsoft didn't make a mistake at all. If their fans don't like games like this, why would they want to fund one? PlayStation fans seem to enjoy the artsy stuff more than other console fan bases.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Doesnt look like Xbox owners are missing out on anything. I didnt play 500$ for a next gen gaming console to play crap that looks like it belongs on the PS2.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

It's not a shooter why bother right Microsoft ???

AmbiguousAlias
AmbiguousAlias

Well, I guess this is one more reason to get a Playstation 4 instead of an Xbox One.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Just watched the announcement trailer. How did I miss this? o_O

xcollector
xcollector

Its because they couldn't make a tv show out of the game.

cboye18
cboye18

M$ invested 100 million dollars to enhance the Xbox one controller (without even changing much), while turning down a possible good game of 3 million dollars. FAIL!


Just further proves how uninterested they are in games.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Human Fact: You learn from making mistakes, but if you keep making the same mistake over and over without correction, then you fit the perfect description of a dummy..

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

Why is Phil typing like a caveman?  "Part of job."  "Turn into great game"  He's missing the and a.  Where are your definite and indefinite articles, Phil?!

stuff238
stuff238

Rime looks like ICO and Journey had a baby. Sold! Mircosoft fails.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Passed on Rime, greenlit Ryse.  lol

mattress805
mattress805

Microsoft said no to Independent Developers initially too.....Until they pulled their heads out of their asses and copied the self-publishing policies that Sony was allowing smaller development studios.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Truthfully, RIME doesn't look like an MS/XBOX game...  which definitely skew toward shooters  RIME looks right at home with Sony... SHADOW OF COLOSSUS, ICO, RAIN, JOURNEY, etc.  

dbene
dbene

Looks cool but certainly not something to covet.

dbene
dbene

Is the game that amazing? 

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

No one is prefect. Everyone makes mistakes including Sony and Nintendo. Just be glad you managed to get Titanfall and the Gears of War Franchise.

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

Sony has really paid a lot of developers to praise their console. Where is all the PC love if barely noticeable hardware advantage between consoles is enough to keep producing these articles. 

tomservo51
tomservo51

Tequila works is probably very happy Msoft passed, since now their game will have a much larger install base.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Ok now I will bash xbox fans for supporting Microtheft er soft however this is just journalism bashing a company for making boo boos that is out of their control. He called the shot and he missed like no other company did this. Wow this is desperate to try to cause a ruckus over...

guilhermembento
guilhermembento

I am starting to regret buying an xbox. I only used it to watch TV since none of the games kept me interested. 

hammoud
hammoud

This is why XBox exclusives will never be as good as PS exclusives (to me at least). Microsoft turns down new, creative ideas while Sony embraces them. Microsoft just likes to stick with the known to be successful formula of the generic shooter, while Sony takes risks and tries everything.


God of War, Heavy Rain, Killzone, Infamous, Uncharted, Little Big Planet, The Puppeteer, Gran Turismo. Just look at the variety of that list, and all are great games.


I was a little impressed with Microsoft when they showed Ryse because it was a game that actually had an ounce of thought put into it, but we all know how that game turned out to be.


As of right now, DR3 is probably the only XBox exclusive I find even remotely interesting. I even tried the Titanfall Beta on PC and didn't like it.

torbonator
torbonator

"Part of job is living with mistakes," said Spencer......... The whole marketing campaign of the Xone

lameblamer
lameblamer

@xcollector


zing..


What a freaking awesome concept though, I've been waiting a long while for that to happen actually, it's like second maybe even third nature to coincide two popular forms of media.

lameblamer
lameblamer

@platinum_d1


"Big mistake" - lol


anyway, meh. looks like a game with out any combat even. looks pretty and sweet, but fun, I unno.

lameblamer
lameblamer

@cboye18


You don't know what you're talking about. Yup, costs a lot to develop controllers, wtf does that have to do with deciding whether or not a game looks worth putting on your system?

lameblamer
lameblamer

@DARKSPACE


Yeah, they should purchase every video game they have a chance to, even if it doesn't look remotely interesting.

lameblamer
lameblamer

@Shadowdanc3r


I had to read that like 5 times before I noticed they were missing "indefinite particles", freaking scientific English nonsense lol.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Shadowdanc3r   It's the 'Twitter Effect' - slowly turning people into illiterate muppets as they struggle to post coherent sentences on a smartphone. :P

lameblamer
lameblamer

@stuff238


man when he picked up that stick, AND IT WAS ON FIRE!!!! I lost my shit. Must have.

lameblamer
lameblamer

@Thanatos2k


Ryse is hells sick, most fun combat system, with the quick thoughts of how to use the power ups you gain after the kill, I've played in a long time.

mattress805
mattress805

@battlefront1943             It must be in Full HD 1080p, if it doesn't look like a MS game. lol

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@Caleb1dunn Actually, MS paid over 1 billion into XBOX ONE game develop.  They have much deeper pockets than Sony.  If anyone is paying for press, I can guarantee you it's MS.

mattress805
mattress805

@Caleb1dunn 1080p vs 720p. Yeah, that's barely noticeable......to Stevie Wonder.  lol

blackace
blackace

@torbonator The 180 wasn't a mistake though. The 16 exclusives shown at the E3 wasn't a mistake either. M$ just needs to keep focusing on exclusive games, lowering the price of the XBox One and having a strong E3 in June.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@lameblamer @Shadowdanc3r  Damn Brits and their rule-filled language and their tea!     :D

It's happened to me before and could happen again.  It doesn't matter to me, it just reminded me of how cave people and Tarzan are shown talking in forms of media.  The thing is, this guy is representing a multibillion dollar company on Twitter so it stood out to me.  :)

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@Gallowhand @Shadowdanc3r Ah yes, putting the 'twit' in Twitter.  It's not like it hasn't happened to me before due to typing too fast, typing while sleepy, keyboard trouble and not noticing before my edit time was up, but I don't represent a multibillion dollar company on Twitter.  :)

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

@lameblamer @Thanatos2k

mattress805
mattress805

@blackace @torbonator Hey BlackAce!  I haven't seen you defending the Xbone in quite some time around these parts?!  Captain Hindsight says, "Maybe they should of just released the Xbox 720p WITHOUT the motion controls!"  Hard to believe that Microsoft is still chasing Wii Sports money!!

torbonator
torbonator

@blackace @torbonator  The fact they had to do 180 was the fact everything before it was a huge mistake, hence it's called a 180.

After the 180 they redeemed themselves kind of, but they've lost so reputation much to the PS4 it's unreal.