Ryse: Son of Rome has microtransactions in multiplayer

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 11:29 GMT By Dave Owen

It been revealed that Ryse’s newly revealed multiplayer mode will have microtransactions. It gives players the option to accelerate their progress. It all seems very un-gladiatorial to me.

VideoGamer reports that players will be able to unlock new armour by purchasing Gold, Silver, or Bronze packs. “When we talk about the progression system for multiplayer, it’s armour-based,” said a Microsoft producer.

“”The way that you get armour is very similar to how you get it in like Mass Effect or FIFA. You only earn gold while playing multiplayer [and] you use that gold to buy booster packs. Those booster packs contain random sets of loot. Based on the different tiers of loot that you get – whether you buy Bronze, Silver or Gold Packs – guarantees whether you get rare or common items.

“One of the things that we did a little different is that you can buy them with in-game currency and real world currency. The difference is that if you’re close we also have small microtransactions.

He gives the example of wanting to purchase a Gold pack that costs 15,000 in-game gold. If the player only has 12,500 gold they can pay a small amount in real money to make up the difference.

So, this essentially means that, although the producer also said the multiplayer stages have been designed for players who want to grind for additional gold or experience, they can also skip ahead by paying a little extra.

Ryse: Son of Rome is in development at Crytek. It’ll be an Xbox One launch exclusive.



  1. Tech-N9ne

    Multiplayer? You mean co-op?

    It’s not like you fighting against other real players or something. This just accelerates your gear for the horde like co-op mode. I don’t see the big deal here.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. tCruzin

    There is no big deal here but people will obviously blow this “optional” way of getting gear out of proportion.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. hives

    Meh, microtransactions like in F2P game in 60$ game. Yay.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    annnnnnnnnnd we’re off!

    Next gen = Prepare your wallets’ anus.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Fin


    Yeah, it’s more like “if you’re lazy you can buy in game currency”.
    It’s not “you can only get things by paying”.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. tCruzin

    @FIN, exactly.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Hcw87

    Only if you’re dumb enough to spend money on it.

    I spent zero MS points on the packs in ME3 Multiplayer.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    We’ll be able to see the ‘lay of the land’ about 6 months after launch.

    I’m watching Forza 5 very closely to see what they come up with there.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. pcbros

    Who cares about microtransactions as long as you can get the same things via playing the game.

    It’s just a way for lazy players to complete the game.

    It’s an option, not an obligation…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. zinc

    The unlock system for Mass Effect 3 was fucking terrible!

    So not only do you wade through countless QTE fights, your rewards are randomised? That will get old, fast.

    Still it looks pretty.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. ufoman

    “Pay us for the game once and then pay us again so you can play it less”? Sure it sounds like that…

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Hcw87

    The game has changed since E3 in regards to the QTE’s, read some previews.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. bobnice

    There aint nothing wrong with this. Multiplayer…or co-op in Mass Effect 3 is addictive as all hell, and I never spend real world money on packs. The whole reason for me is that carrot on a stick..that one more match just to get that extra in-game currency in order to buy another pack with random loot. I love it.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Tech-N9ne


    Co-op Mode:

    Interview on Co-op Mode:

    #14 1 year ago
  15. bradk825

    Mass Effect 3 had a similar option of using real money to buy booster packs. Given that the random packs could contain something very good, or total shit, I never thought it would be a wise move. To each their own though.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. pcbros

    Just play the game however you want to play it. It would be different if you were forced to pay to advance through the game.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. fearmonkey

    Lmao….MS is so money grabbing…They love the idea of microtransactions, they learned from their Sith lord masters at EA.

    People that want the Xbone will brush this off, soon to be PS4 owners will snicker, but sadly this type of thing will probably be coming to the PS4 as well, just hopefully not first party titles yet.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. bradk825

    @17 Mass Effect 3 was available on Xbox 360 and PS3, and thus so were the microtransactions.

    There are microtransactions in Black Ops 2, also available on both consoles.

    Sony does not disallow microtransactions.

    The only thing Sony disallowed their customers to do with ME3 was participate in the weekend challenges, which were free and allowed you to unlock free content in the game.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. absolutezero

    The problem becomes the connection between paying for stuff and how long it takes to obtain through normal means.

    The balance was completely off when Planetside 2 first launched, it took an extreme level of grinding in order to unlock anything of note and in some respects it still does.

    You need to make it at least conceivable to unlock the nice stuff through normal play otherwise it really does just seem like a cash in. Having it pop up each time you go into the multiplayer component itself like ME3 Cerberus stuff is both blatant and cynical. Theres a way to present this kinda stuff which does obviously sell in a way thats not offensive.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. fearmonkey

    @18 – I know about Mass effect (though i was thinking more about Dead Space 3) hence my Sith Lords EA comment.

    Black ops 2 is third party, my comment was geared to Sony first party.

    Ryse is exclusive to MS, but if EA is publishing still then their microtransactions makes more sense, as EA loves them. I was thinking that MS would probably publish Ryse since its exclusive.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. pcbros

    @17 – Hate to break it to you, but Microsoft and Sony don’t really think about your happiness and needs. They think about profits. So in the end, they are ALL after one thing, money.

    That’s why “loyality” to a company is pointless. I always go with WHOEVER has the goods. I love Nintendo. Been a fan since I owned the original NES. But I’m not paying $350 for a Wii U.

    And unless you suck at gaming or are too lazy… I don’t see why these microtransactions phase you. iPhone games have had them for years and I’ve never used them. I just play the game.

    Just a little FYI, the less developers make, the less likely it is they release their next game.

    #21 1 year ago

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