Ryse: Son of Rome is an action-adventure game developed by Crytek for Xbox One and PC. First revealed at Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference under the name Codename: Kingdoms, it was initially designed for the Xbox 360 as a Kinect exclusive. After this first unveiling, not much was heard about it until a reimagined version of the game resurfaced at E3 2013 as an Xbox One launch title. Most of the Kinect features had been dropped (with the exception of some voice commands) in favour of a more standard controller-based action game. It is the first game to utilise the 4th generation CRYENGINE, which is capable of rendering more than 100 characters on on screen at any given time. Character models are indistinguishable between cut-scenes and in-game.
A PC version of the game that includes all Xbox One DLC and supports 4k resolutions is scheduled for release in 2014. The retail version will be published by Deep Silver while the digital versions are published by Crytek themselves.
Set in ancient Rome circa 68 A.D, the story follows Roman soldier Marius Titus. After barbarians kills his family, Marius will rise and build a army to take revenge against the barbarian horde.
Gladiator: Blood Brothers [Cooperative]
RYSE will feature a coop mode set in a Colosseum. The Gladiator: Blood Brothers mode will pit two players against hordes of barbarians. Players must survive waves of enemies and complete the given objective. Enemy varieties are randomized with every match. The usual match will last between 10 to 30 minutes.
With Kinect a player can give optional voice commands to units in the battlefield, launch fire suppressing arrows, or hold off incoming attacks.
Smartglass will give the player the ability to manage inventory, to strategize when in battle and give players access to character upgrades. Users can track friend's games progress, share video clips with friends, and smart match with friends in multiplayer. Hints and in-game tips are given to the player, with achievement integration. Players' collectible progress will be tracked along with the campaign progress.
Standard Edition ($59.99)
The regular edition of the game without the content listed below.
Day One Edition ($59.99) Limited Release
As part of Xbox One's launch lineup, Ryse is participating in the Day One Edition program along with Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5. A Day One edition gave access to:
- Legionnaire's Trust Exclusive Sword that includes bonus in-game attributes.
- Ruins - Columns of an abandoned temple, Ruin will pit players against hordes of barbarians. Day One owners can invite friends who own the standard edition.