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Ryse is “the hot one at the launch prom” thanks to Xbox One, CryEngine’s power

Thursday, 28th November 2013 22:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ryse: Son of Rome developer Crytek has nothing but praise for the Xbox One, both in terms of its power and ease of development.

Speaking with Develop, Ryse design director PJ Esteves said the Xbox One allowed Crytek to do a lot of things that would otherwise have been very difficult.

“One of the most important things about the Xbox One is pure processing power. The amount of RAM we had available to us helped a great deal,” he said.

“The NPCs in the game all have cloth, facial expressions, and the same fidelity as a character in the cinematics. We were able to give the AI characters the same detail as the player characters, and they express a lot more emotion than is seen in other games.

“The Xbox One gave us AI that really feels just human enough. You can see pain as you slice at a guy, or you see surprise. It’s always hard work, but the Xbox One let us give the game more emotion as we took Ryse forward.”

Ryse was originally in development for Xbox 360 but Esteves said the transition to Xbox One was smooth and easy.

“I think it was about a week to get up and running on Xbox One from the time we got the first kits,” he said.

“Having a great partnership with Microsoft helped, to prepare us as the platform developed alongside our game. Any launch game lands hot; it doesn’t matter who you are.

“But having a mature engine really helped, and getting to harness things like physically based rendering was incredible. Improvements in facial animation pipelines are great too. It’s a terrible way to say it, but CryEngine and the Xbox One have let our game be the hot one at the launch prom.”

What a beautiful image.

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  1. Legendaryboss

    Dat title +10
    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/lay_of_luthien/8293162/1513677/1513677_original.gif

    #1 5 months ago
  2. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Reeeeeally ?

    #2 5 months ago
  3. lexph3re

    Is that why all the enemies are the same fat guys?lol

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Ekona

    Say what you want about the gameplay, but Ryse is seriously pretty.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Panthro

    ‘The hot one at the prom’

    Good looking but soul-less and boring.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. jomac3db

    Lol

    #6 5 months ago
  7. manamana

    “One of the most important things about the Xbox One is pure processing power. The amount of RAM we had available to us helped a great deal,”
    - DDR3 only

    “The Xbox One gave us AI that really feels just human enough. You can see pain as you slice at a guy, or you see surprise. It’s always hard work, but the Xbox One let us give the game more emotion as we took Ryse forward.”
    - AI? Sounds more like a scripted event

    Nonetheless, its a great looking game. Sadly enough, its also absolute mindless brutal. Why can’t Crytec do something of real beauty?

    #7 5 months ago
  8. yeoung

    “The vacuous and completely self-absorbed hot one at launch prom”

    Still waters run deep but puddles can be still too.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. undermyrules

    @manamana They did in 2007 on the PC…the masterpeace name is Crysis..after that nothing…the solution make a PC game like Ryse=10 times better graphic AI than on xbox one…sad really calling them next gen and shit ….PC will always be next gen in any gen…

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Panthro

    ^

    I just take these new consoles as a ‘new generation’ in Sony and MS’ product line…

    Nothing changes for me, PC gaming just keeps up with itself and doesn’t have any stages haha.

    It just evolves as it evolves and that’s how I like it, with PC gaming I feel like I’m never lagging behind like I used to eventually feel with consoles.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Opalauge

    @7:

    Seriously dude…if anyone of these tech-noobs who are saying “DDR3 only” would have spent about 10 minutes of their lives (in the past few month!!!) with the Pros and Cons of the different RAM classifications, instead of prtending “higher number = better”…the internet would have been a better place. :)

    #11 5 months ago
  12. lexph3re

    @11 well to be fair this entire article is about how it wouldn’t have been possible without the ram. The praise their giving is honestly towards the difference and transition from 360 to xbone. So fact is more ram does equal better. I would hate to see what this game would have looked like on 360

    #12 5 months ago
  13. Opalauge

    @12:

    Yeah, but they are talking about the ammount of RAM…not the kind of RAM.

    #13 5 months ago
  14. jmg24bad

    Yea, the hot chick at prom that is dumb as a bag of rocks. Ryse looks good but sucks in gameplay

    #14 5 months ago
  15. DarkSoulz

    Love this game!

    #15 5 months ago
  16. dkpunk

    It’s actually a somewhat decent game. Same with Knack. Although Ryse is the better of the two IMO. Seems like people just wanted to be overly harsh on at least one launch game. These two were the scapegoats.

    #16 5 months ago
  17. Vylsith

    Did he really just say the Xbox One allows for better AI and then elaborate on how it allows for more realistic facial expressions? Either he changes subject randomly for no apparent reason, or this guy has no idea what AI means. It is not facial expressions…

    #17 5 months ago
  18. Ekona

    @16 Couldn’t agree more, although I’ve not played Knack. Ryse is certainly much better than the interweb buzz gave it credit for, and I’m really enjoying it.

    #18 5 months ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    Exclusive title in “pumping up the hardware” shocker.

    Sony used to do this kind of PR crap all the time in the early days of the PS3. It was tedious then, and it’s tedious now.

    #19 5 months ago
  20. Kreion

    @11

    Well you know how fanboys are *shrug* of course they’d ignore the fact that all high-end PC’s use DDR3 not DDR5, and that it’s about how the power is delivered rather than the amount.

    I’m still not sold either way on Ryse – I’ve seen a lot of criticism of it by critics and people who haven’t played the game. But not that much by those who have, though it’s possible they are just more bias since they are early adopters.

    #20 5 months ago
  21. lexph3re

    @20 actually just about every high end graphics card uses gddr5 pcs operate on ddr3 but a lot of the graphics load is done on gddr5. Once ddr4 hits the scene soon that will be a much better Ram

    #21 5 months ago