|Ryse: Son of Rome|
|Platforms||Xbox One, PC|
|Release date||Xbox One: November 22, 2013|
PC: October 10, 2014
Ryse: Son of Rome (previously known as Codename Kingdoms and Ryse) is a third-person hack-and-slash video game developed by German studio Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as an Xbox One exclusive game, however it was also released for PC in 2014. It is directed and produced by Cevat Yerli, the founder of Crytek.
The game was released with the launch of the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.
Embark on a journey of revenge, betrayal and divine intervention: Ryse: Son of Rome tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits, then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Quickly rising through the ranks, Marius must become a leader of men and defender of the Empire on his quest to exact vengeance – a destiny he soon discovers can only be fulfilled much closer to home.
During the Microsoft Press Conference at E3 2011, Ryse was announced among other Xbox 360-exclusive titles. The announcement entailed a pre-rendered trailer with minor gameplay footage.
In June 2012, Phil Spencer, corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, maintained that the game was still in development. When asked whether it was still a Kinect game, Spencer replied "Kinect will be part of the game, absolutely" leading to speculation that it was no longer a Kinect-only game, and was instead part of the "Better with Kinect" series of Xbox 360 games.
In May 2013, after the announcement of the Xbox One, Ryse was confirmed to be an exclusive for the new console.
In June 2013 at the E3 Microsoft Conference, Crytek showed a gameplay video. Kinect is no longer part of the active combat but has a diminished role by providing squad commands through speech and gesture.
Ryse: Son of Rome's gameplay revolves around the control of a Roman general named Marius Titus. Titus is an experienced combat general, who leads squads of Roman infantry across the battlefield. Titus is able to give commands to his legion. Quick Time Events can be used to execute finishing moves during combat. Battlefields can contain more than 100 characters on screen at any time.
There will be a co-operative multiplayer mode that allows players to fight in gladiator-style coliseum matches. Up to two players team up to fight waves of enemies in front of thousands of spectators.
The Kinect will be utilized to use gestures and voice commands to offer commands to the Titus' legion. Commands such as firing pilums or arrows, charging and holding your ground, as well as blocking incoming attacks can be given to surrounding units.
The SmartGlass incorporates a few additional features into Ryse:
- Deep link - Launch from SmartGlass directly into the campaign.
- Game DVR - Review and share the best experiences from your game with friends directly from your SmartGlass device.
- Context-sensitive Achievements guide and help - Achievements, hints and game tips are synced to your location and situation.
- Character management - Manage inventory, character and upgrades directly from SmartGlass.
Ryse: Son of Rome received a handful of free and paid Multiplayer DLC. A free update adds two new level events to Gladiator mode, including spawning enemy turrets and deity statues that can increase the player's health and focus bar.
The Colosseum Pack is a paid DLC pack ($3.99) that is included in the Season pass, and adds two new arenas into the mix. Henge, a forest shrine and Ascension, an arena in Hades' underworld. The pack also includes Commodus and Centurion avatar skins.
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