Earlier during Gamescom 2013, Microsoft revealed that the upcoming gladitorial title from Crytek, Ryse: Son of Rome
would be one of the launch titles
for the new Xbox One console. The announcement has been since followed up with some more in-depth details about the game itself including the combat and the new multi-player game mode.
Microsoft and Crytek have revealed that the title will feature a multi-player co-op mode called 'Gladiator' in which you'll be able to team up with friends against a horde of various enemies within the games Colosseum. Players will be able to customise their own gladiator with various weapons, armor, and shields. There will also be consumables to give players a handy boost if needed, including improving the crowd favour towards your gladiatorial hero. The items can be earned by gold that is rewarded from victories in the arena.
In keeping with the history of the Colosseum, combat will be fought in an ever-changing environment within the arena which will feature dynamic 'tile sets' of scenery providing a continuous stream of challenges. Just like their historical counterparts, players will be able to make use of scenery which will erupt unpredictably from the floor having been hidden deep in the hypogeum of the arena. Players will also be able to construct their own challenges by using the in-game editor to mix and match various maps and events, and build up their own custom playlists.
Crytek revealed two of the multi-player maps, from the eleven that will be initially delivered with the title. An additional map will be available to those who purchase the day one edition of the game. The showcased maps were courtyard and stronghold. The first was used to show the dynamic nature of the arena with new dangers being introduced with each new enemy wave including flaming pits, deadly traps, and automated catapults. The second map, went on to demonstrate the ability to completely change the environment, re-creating a battle between Roman forces and the barbarian hordes in the distant pagan lands of Germania.
Not content with only showing the dynamic environments, Crytek then went on to reveal some more details of the combat that players can expect from the game. As expected from such a title, attacks and blocking are crucial to success in the arena. A perfectly timed block can not only deflect an attack, it would also open up the enemy leaving them vulnerable to a counter-attacking move. Ideally, this would lead to one of the many different executions possible in the game, of which there are over 100, some of which are special environmental kills, and some others which can only be unlocked as the player advances through the different execution tiers. A well performed execution will also earn a player rewards in the form of perks which they can select to match their own playing needs including increased damage, XP, or health. During combat, a combo counter will be running and will track how many blows a player delivers without taking a damage. A high combo count is instrumental in helping the player move through the different execution tiers.
If gladio comminus
seems a little daunting to newly recruited gladiators, there will also be ranged weapons available, including the standard pilum (javelin), through to giant scorpio crossbows.
To see how all this comes together in the gladiatorial arena, Crytek released a new trailer demonstrating most of the aforementioned features.
Finally, for those fans of the graphic novel, the second issue of “Ryse: Sword of Damocles” was released, further exploring the tale of the Ancient Roman legend Damocles, Centurion of Rome, as he returns from the Underworld to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.
Both issues of “Ryse: Sword of Damocles” are available for free here
. Read them to unlock collectibles for Ryse: Son of Rome
.Ryse: Son of Rome
is a launch day title for the Xbox One and will be available in November 2013.