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.

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Reminds me of Don't Starve...That's a good thing.

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Wtf is this

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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.

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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.

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

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No, not just fanboys but gamers that also bored to dead playing fps & shooting games.

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

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

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

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Big mistake for Microsoft

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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.

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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..

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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?!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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. :)

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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. :)

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

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Passed on Rime, greenlit Ryse. lol

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Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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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.

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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.

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

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Looks cool but certainly not something to covet.

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Is the game that amazing?

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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.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If you google Xbox One News today, and read all the negative press the Xbone has, you'll realize their pockets aren't deep enough

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

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

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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...

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

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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.

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