Ryse: Son of Rome confirmed for Xbox One at launch

Monday, 10th June 2013 17:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ryse: Son of Rome was confirmed today for Xbox One, it’s the game in the works at Crytek.

The video shown for the game showed a battle taking place on the shoreline with fireballs being tossed at troops from a tower. It showed a Roman solider, controlled by the player, fighting enemies and button prompts for moves popped up on the screen.

This is likely the beginning of the game, which like most, is a tutorial. The goal shown was to destroy the tower and defeat the archers shooting at you from the fortified wall around the city.

Here’s the press release:

Developed exclusively for Xbox One by renowned studio Crytek, “Ryse: Son of Rome” is an immersive action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism. It follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire.

“Ryse: Son of Rome” presents a cinematic re-creation of the Roman Empire, its people, conflicts and landscapes in breathtaking detail that represents the graphical benchmark for the next console generation. It brings the brutality and intensity of Roman warfare to life in visceral detail, thrusting you into the chaos of close-quarters combat, where the emotion on the enemy’s face can be seen and felt.

Showcasing the possibilities of Xbox One, “Ryse: Son of Rome” extends the gameplay experience with unique features such as Xbox SmartGlass, Game DVR and the new high-fidelity Kinect, letting you manage your character’s progress with your compatible mobile or tablet device, record and share your best gameplay moments with friends, and command legions with the sound of your voice.

Features: A riveting story of Roman revenge
“Ryse: Son of Rome” tells the story of the young Roman soldier Marius Titus who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits. Seeking revenge, he travels with the Roman army to Britannia where he proves himself a soldier of phenomenal skill and quickly rises through the ranks. As Marius leads the army against the barbarian horde, his quest unravels and he discovers that he must return to Rome to find his vengeance.

Next-generation cinematic immersion
With the power of Xbox One, “Ryse: Son of Rome” presents conflict in the Roman Empire like you’ve never seen it before, from the northern reaches of Britannia to the Coliseum and the very heart of Rome. New advancements in performance capture allow you to interact with believably realistic characters featuring incredibly detailed facial animation and naturalistic emotion.

Brutally intense combat
“Ryse: Son of Rome” delivers a visceral, brutally realistic combat experience with epic-scale battles and breathtaking visuals that will set the standard for next-generation action games. Relive the ruthless history of ancient Rome as you engage in raw close-quarters combat against the barbarian horde, utilizing both sword and shield as weapons to attack, counter, block and pull off brutal executions.

Epic-scale Roman warfare
Experience the thrill of Roman combat as you charge into massive battlefields filled with more than 100 characters on screen at the same time, each with individually controlled AI. Unmatched intensity and realism enhanced with stunning detail combine to deliver an incredibly immersive action experience.

Cooperative gladiatorial combat in the Coliseum
The cooperative multiplayer experience in “Ryse: Son of Rome” plunges you into the brutal world of gladiatorial combat, where you enter the Coliseum to fight side-by-side with your friends against an ever-changing array of enemies, to the roar of thousands of spectators.2

Kinect integration and battle formations
Command legions using the all-new, high-fidelity Kinect. With the power of your voice you can command your surrounding units in battle in a strategic way to help defeat your foes, fire pilums or arrows, or block incoming attacks.

Inventive SmartGlass features
“Ryse: Son of Rome” incorporates deep SmartGlass integration that extends the gameplay experience to compatible mobile and tablet devices with features such as the following:

  • Deep link. Launch “Ryse: Son of Rome” 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 synched to your location and situation.
  • Character management. Manage inventory, character and upgrades direct from SmartGlass.

Ryse’s jump to Xbox One was outed by the game’s website earlier today.



  1. Ireland Michael

    A new generation of hardware, bringing you such revolutionary gameplay as… incessant quick time events. Ugh, that killed interest I had in the game quick.

    Still, can’t fault the graphics.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Hcw87

    You have to initiate the quicktime events yourself, so if you don’t want them, then just don’t initiate the sequence. Don’t need to have quicktime events every fight.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. UuBuU

    What a steaming heap of garbage. This is everything that’s wrong with video games today.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 Its clearly part of the strategy, meant to allow for stronger moves. It’s excessive and and lazy, and shows a lack of skill based design.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DuckOfDestiny

    “I know, let’s make a hack and slash where every other move is a QTE. I’m sure it’ll be great….”

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87

    God of War had those quicktime finishing moves aswell, but i hardly used them. It’s like you try your hardest to find something to complain about.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 And God of War is a terrible series, completely lacking in depth. The QTE is part of that reason, so…

    I’m don’t “try my hardest to find something to complain about”. I will gladly shout quality from the rooftops. I simply don’t see it here,

    It’s called “critical thinking”. Try it sometimes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    All the gameplay of Heavy Rain, without any of the story or personality, mixed with the worst parts of Brutal Legend. Wonderful.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hcw87

    Way too much criticism around lately, it’s depressing. Finally a game that’s not an FPS atleast.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. monkeygourmet


    I think you were blinded by TEH GRAPHIX

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Clupula

    @9 – Because every single game ever is a FPS, except QTE: The Roman Adventure.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @9 “It’s not a FPS” is not be a unique selling point.

    The graphics are gorgeous, and the atmosphere looks top class, but that doesn’t change the fact that I think the actual handling of the character and the over-reliance on QTE to create dramatic combat are negative qualities against the game.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Blue Oni

    A scripted QTE fest…no wonder it had good graphics.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. reask

    Have to say I have grown to love god of war series.
    Sure its shallow enough story wise but the fight especially on titan are brilliant imo.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Irani

    This Game Will Kill Sony , Die Sony Die

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    So we have a MS elitist, an Sony elitist and Nintendo elitist, oh the endless joy :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. monkeygourmet


    I thought you was going to start telling a joke then! :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lengendaryboss

    Ok heres one: I wonder if we put all three of them in a room come back later and all hell broke lose argument breaks out: “MS has Halo, Sony Has Variety and New ips And Nintendo has Mario our cute plumber boy,” then fanboy elitists kitties get their claws out and start a cat fight :D

    #18 2 years ago

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