Rime for Mac is a third-person view, adventure and puzzle video game developed by Tequila Works. The game is set to be released in May 26, 2017 for Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Summer 2017 for Nintendo Switch.
Early concept work was undertaken under the working title Echoes of Siren — the game was initially green-lit by Microsoft, but was later rejected. Funding of Rime for Mac was later obtained from Sony, for a release on PlayStation 4, with the first trailer released at E3 2013. In 2016, Tequila Works re-acquired rights to the intellectual property.
Conceptual design of Rime for Mac began during the development of Deadlight. An early iteration was a third person isometric action role-playing game concept originally under the title Echoes of Siren; Rime for Mac was to include hunting and crafting elements during a day cycle, preparing for combat including tower defence elements during a night cycle; other key game elements were to be exploration, avatar development and customisation. Rime for Mac was offered to Microsoft as an exclusive Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) title and possible Windows 8 game; initially Microsoft greenlit the game, but the design was later rejected due to a mismatch with Microsoft’s Xbox One XBLA publishing policies which emphasised multiplayer and other social gaming. A development budget was approved by Sony, and the game became a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
The first released trailer for Rime for Mac was shown in August 2013 in the indie game section of Sony’s press conference at Gamescom; showing third person, adventure video game-type gameplay with a ‘cel-shaded’ art style. The trailer gameplay and art drew comparisons to games by Team Ico, as well as Journey by Thatgamecompany, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The trailer resulted in an initial positive response from journalists. Creative director Raúl Rubio has also referenced the films Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Jason and the Argonauts as well as the art work of Joaquin Sorolla, Salvador Dalí and Giorgio de Chirico as influences.