Microsoft's announced the April lineup of Xbox Games With Gold and it's a tidy list.
Crytek boss Cevat Yerli on unpaid wages, Ryse 2 and the future.
10th October 2014
4th September 2014
7th August 2014
21st February 2014
18th December 2013
11th December 2013
25th November 2013
22nd November 2013
21st November 2013
21st November 2013
1st November 2013
26th October 2013
17th October 2013
30th September 2013
17th September 2013
4th September 2013
22nd August 2013
22nd May 2013
Far Cry, Crysis and Ryse developer Crytek has broken its silence following reports of unpaid wages to say it's letting go of multiple studios.
Crytek is in trouble once again, with staff saying they have suffered delayed wages for months.
The Federal Trade Commission has clamped down on a YouTuber group that failed to disclose they were paid by Microsoft to say nice things about Xbox One and its games.
Hot on the heels of the disappointing Dead Rising 3 port, Xbox One's other temporary launch exclusive, Ryse, is now primed and ready for release on PC. We had a chance to take a look at an unfinished demo build a couple weeks back, but now that we've spent some time with the release code we can finally explore it in greater detail.
Crytek's games have always been known for pushing the visual envelope and Ryse represents the latest iteration of its impressive CryEngine technology. Crysis 3 was a demanding but highly scalable game on the PC and, from what we've experienced, Crytek's latest release follows suit. Perhaps more than any other game to date, Ryse comes close to delivering the kind of experience you'd expect from a pre-rendered CG film. The game ships as a DX11 64-bit only release, unlike Crysis 3, no doubt as a result of the memory requirements and its Xbox One origins. There was talk of support for AMD's Mantle but this has not materialised and Crytek has stated that it will not be added at a later date.
We primarily tested the release code on a PC build using an Intel Core i5 3570K clocked at 4.4GHz with 16GB of DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GTX 780, and Windows 8.1 x64 with updated drivers across the board (we're hoping for a new driver from Nvidia soon with Ryse-specific optimisations, but it's not here yet). We did not test SLI and Nvidia hasn't released a new profile yet anyway, but based on Crysis 3, it should hopefully scale very well. We also tested the game on a number of other configurations to get a better understanding of how performance scales across a variety of systems - and the results are intriguing.
It's been 10 months since the release of Ryse on Xbox One - one of the most fascinating games of the next-gen launch period. Crytek's hack-and-slash title stood proud as one of the most technologically advanced - and utterly beautiful - games of that wonderful, chaotic period. While the technological prowess of the Microsoft console came under repeated fire at launch, Ryse demonstrated that Xbox One was a contender - that it could compete. There was just one problem - for all its technical sophistication, the extremely repetitive gameplay was a severe disappointment.
The PC version of Ryse won't include the micro-transactions found in the Xbox One version of the game, developer Crytek has announced.
The PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome launches on 10th October 2014.
That's according to the game's Steam page. There it costs £34.99.
Developer Crytek is self-publishing the digital version of the gory action game. Publisher Deep Silver will distribute a boxed version.
It's been tough at Crytek this year.
Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome launches on PC later this year, developer Crytek has announced.
Crytek will self-publish the digital version of the gory action game. Publisher Deep Silver will distribute a boxed version.
The PC release supports 4K resolution and includes all Ryse DLC packs that have released since the game's launch on Xbox One in November 2013.
Last month reports were emerging that Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome developer Crytek was in dire straits financially. Various sources came forward about staff being months behind in payments while a proposed deal with Microsoft to secure funding for a Ryse sequel fell through when Crytek remained adamant that it wasn't willing to give up its IP.
Yesterday Kotaku reported that Ryse 2 had been canned because of a conflict between Crytek and Microsoft over who would own the rights to the franchise.
Ryse: Son of Rome was once set to feature a mission editor mode where players could set objectives and challenges in the game's co-op mode via a SmartGlass app. That features is no longer on the docket.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the feature was nixed in a statement to Polygon. "After careful consideration, we have decided to cease development on Ryse: Son of Rome's challenge editor and focus on improving and expanding fans' experience with the game through both free content updates and purchased add-on packs," Microsoft said. "We look forward to sharing more details soon."
In other Ryse news, the spartan brawler will receive the Mars' Chosen Pack DLC on 28th February, which adds five new maps, a new character skin, and a co-op survival mode for $8.99 (about £5). The full game is currently on sale digitally for £34.99 - £10 less than retail - as Microsoft experiments with cheaper digital pricing.
UPDATE 16.08PM The UK sale price of Ryse will be £34.99, Microsoft has confirmed.
A free update for Xbox One exclusive Ryse has been released that adds two new level events.
Slaying barbarians in the arena will apparently cause the events to randomly occur across a variety of maps. In one, an enemy turret will appear and bombard you with arrows until you destroy it.
In the other, Reward Statues of Roman deities will sprout from the sands and offer one-time buff bonuses to your health or focus attributes. That's sandy.
Microsoft has hiked the price of its Xbox One exclusive games by £5 on the Xbox Games Store.
When the Xbox One launched on 22nd November the digital versions of Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5 were available for £44.99. Now, they're £49.99.
Microsoft failed to explain the decision when contacted by Eurogamer, but did point to potential deals and promotions that may be announced in the future.
When it comes to advancing the state of real-time rendering technology, Crytek has long stood at the forefront of the industry. With its first console-exclusive title, Ryse ushers in both the next generation of consoles and the latest iteration of its advanced middleware, CryEngine. Yet, when it was revealed back in September that Ryse would operate at 900p, it stirred up controversy that would explode over the coming months. Crytek has maintained that the sub-native presentation was its choice rather than a hurdle in delivering the best combination of image quality and performance. So the question is, does Ryse succeed where other sub-1080p titles have failed?
As it stands, Sony's games are more expensive on PlayStation 4 than Microsoft's are on Xbox One.
UPDATE: Xbox One sold around 150,000 in the UK during its launch, according to a report by MCV.
The Xbox 360 sold 70,000 units during its launch eight years ago.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 two-to-one in the UK when you compare both console's launch periods.
Happy Xbox One day! It's a day that's been years in the making, and if you're smart you've probably already got it booked off and are indulging in some of the treats to be found on day one on Microsoft's new console.
If you haven't, though, and you want to peer through the window on the games that are launching on the Xbox One, we've got you covered. Ian Higton, brave soldier that he is, has volunteered to spend the rest of the day playing through some of the highlights. Ian, we salute you!
It's kicking off at 11am GMT with Need for Speed: Rivals, which is my pick of the bunch. Dead Rising 3 follows at 1pm, and then it's on to Ryse at 3pm and finishing up with Battlefield 4 at 5pm. You can find links to all the streams below, so get involved if you've got the time!
Short, immensely repetitive, and only really playable in short bursts without boredom setting in - it's fair to say that Ryse: Son of Rome is far from the most thrilling offering available for Microsoft's new console. However, in terms of rendering technology, it can be argued that the CryEngine-powered title is one of the most visually impressive launch titles available. There are points - many of them - where this game is simply breathtaking, with an overall presentation that is very filmic in nature, making it stand apart from the pack.
Nasty, brutish and short, Ryse: Son of Rome has emerged from a seven-year development hell as a visually resplendent, preternaturally dumb action game that exhibits a galling, monotonous bloodlust. As a gladiator in the console wars arena, it should wow the crowds, but it's not likely to keep them on side for long. It doesn't have the staying power.
Ryse was at one point going to be a showpiece for Kinect on Xbox 360, before its standard-bearing duties were transferred to Xbox One. It's for the best, as a new console platform allows developer Crytek to play to its strengths and stoke the pixel-furnaces of its mighty graphics engine until they roar. All this technical industry is then brought to bear on building ancient Rome just so Crytek can burn it down again.
That's no spoiler - the game begins at its end, with Rome in flames and overrun by barbarian hordes, while a fat and cowardly Emperor Nero runs for cover. He's soon under the wing of our hero, Marius Titus, a proud Roman warrior who, once he has Nero to himself, starts telling the Emperor his story. Cue flashback, and the game's true beginning, wherein a newly commissioned Marius sees his father and family die at the hands of another barbarian raid, before setting off for the untamed wilds of Britannia to subjugate the rebels and claim his revenge.
The Xbox One launches with a number of games available to download. Now the embargo on the console itself has lifted, we learn each title's install size and price in pounds.
At the time of publication prices for all but a few games are available.
First, the big list of Xbox One launch games (if the size and/or price isn't listed, it was unavailable for us - this will of course change for you when the console launches on Friday 22nd November).
Hello Eurogamers! There's under a week to go now until the Xbox One launch, so we have prepared a soft-furnishing fortress of solitude in preparation for the day when we can wave goodbye to this cruel current-gen world.
The Xbox One has been under a lot of fire lately for some of its heavy hitters offering sub-optimal resolutions. Ryse: Son of Rome only offers 900p, while Call of Duty: Ghosts only goes up to 720p, a tough sell when the cheaper PS4 can offer the same game at 1080p.
With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One around the corner, and with performance tests of both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 present and correct, the next generation console power debate is in full force - and there's an early frontrunner.
Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome has a season pass, Microsoft has announced, and it has to do with the multiplayer Gladiator mode.
There's a season of multiplayer content planned for the Crytek-developed third-person action game, with new battlefields, armour, events and more.
Four add-on packs will release in the months following launch. With the $20 season pass, you can get them all plus exclusive in-game items. This equates to a 25 per cent discount versus buying each add-on pack individually, Microsoft said.
Happy Halloween, Eurogamers! And a spooky All Saints' Day to you as well. Behold, if you dare, a trilogy of terrifying videos skimmed from the Outside Xbox video cauldron.
Imagine the horror of a console launch slate suddenly short one of its most exciting games. With Watch Dogs delayed into next year, what's left in the Xbox One starting line-up? Are there reasons enough to adopt an Xbox One early or is it time to cancel the pre-order? It's time to run down the remaining launch titles and take stock.
Pirates and Halloween are the perfect pairing and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is packed with those guys, even though they are the historically accurate type who aren't skeletons or anything. Show of the Week ponders the new Assassin's Creed, out next week, along with the worst history lessons games ever taught us.
We've heard plenty about Ryse: Son of Rome's control scheme and combat mechanics - perhaps too much - but have so far been able to glean little about its story.
The two trailers below - posted by Gamespot - finally go into some detail.
First up is a look at how Ryse's hero Marius Titus got to be so vengeful and stab-happy. It's worth a look just to see how well Crytek's combination of mo-cap and CryEngine wizardry is able to animate the game's characters.
In our graphics cards tests, there's one game that's our go-to title when carrying out gameplay performance analysis: Crysis 3. Crytek's last game is a technological showcase: one of the very few games built with next-gen development in mind, and the best stress test for the latest AMD, Nvidia and Intel GPU technologies. With the next-gen console zero-hour approaching, we reached out to Crytek to talk tech - to discuss how their multi-platform engine was ported onto next-gen, what the company view was of the new Sony and Microsoft architecture, and of course to sneak in a few questions about Ryse.
Crytek boss Cevat Yerli has addressed concern from some quarters about Xbox One exclusive Ryse's native resolution, saying the game will use the console's upscaler to achieve a "full HD experience".
As confirmed by Microsoft earlier this month, Ryse: Son of Rome outputs at 900p - not, as many had hoped, 1080p.
And since the game's unveiling at E3 in June, some have suggested a downgrade in visual quality following showings at Gamescom and elsewhere, pointing to the number of polygons that go into making up protagonist Marius Titus.
Microsoft has revealed that Xbox One launch title Ryse is not running at native 1080p.
Aaron Greenberg, chief of staff for the Devices and Studios Group, tweeted that the game will actually be running at "900p". Greenberg confirmed 1080p rendering for showpiece title Forza Motorsport 5, but it's already known that Killer Instinct - somewhat surprisingly - has targeted an internal 720p rendering resolution.
While some might be disappointed that some of the firm's first party exclusives aren't running at full HD, the situation is somewhat reminiscent of the Xbox 360 launch, where key titles like Project Gotham Racing 3 and Perfect Dark Zero failed to hit the native 720p target that Microsoft mandated in its own technical requirements.
Xbox One's dashboard interface and game switching features have been shown off in a new video, posted by someone in possession of the unreleased console.
UPDATE: Now that the Xbox One release date has been announced retailers like ShopTo and GAME have begun taking pre-orders.
There are several bundle options available. The Day One Edition of Xbox One already comes with a digital copy of FIFA 14, a commemorative controller, wired headset, wireless controller and HDMI cable. Additionally, Shopto has bundles that include Battlefield 4 and £15 of Xbox Live credit for £489.85; a copy of Forza Motorsport 5 and a year subscription of Xbox Live Gold for £499.85; Dead Rising 3 with the same Gold subscription for £519.85; or a second wireless controller with a year-long Gold subscription for £504.85.
Curiously, both Game and Amazon have a listings for an Xbox One Day One Edition that includes Forza Motorsport 5 instead of FIFA 14 for the same standard price of £429.99. My hunch is that this isn't a proper Day One edition, but rather the standard Xbox One with Forza included in lieu of FIFA, but I'm following up with Microsoft to see if this is the case. More on that when I hear back.
One of the key points of difference between the next-gen consoles is price, and Microsoft has acknowledged it'll play an important part in determining the success of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when they go on sale this November.
Three of Microsoft's biggest Xbox One launch titles will be available in Day One Editions containing extra content.
Xbox One has a mammoth 23 games confirmed for release on day one in November, more than many expected - but there's a distinct lack of role-playing games available to play.
Since Ryse's poor showing at E3 in June, developer Crytek has worked hard to improve the Xbox One launch title's combat system - and its chief designer has insisted it's now happy with where it's at.
Microsoft has explained the microtransactions system in Xbox One launch title Ryse and moved to calm fear that it is a "pay to win" mechanic.
Crytek's Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome will include micro-transactions within the game's multiplayer mode.
Players will upgrade their multiplayer characters via blind booster packs of armour upgrades, bought via in-game coins.
You'll accumulate this currency naturally, but can pay for more with real-world money, Microsoft told Videogamer at Gamescom 2013 today.
Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Assault, the top-down shooter spin-off.
It's just as easy to bash Ryse, Crytek's hyper-real, ultra-violent Roman Empire brawler, as it is to shield bash one of its barbarian enemies with a press of the Y button.
Such is the fleeting nature of any experience with a video game at E3, the industry's annual get together in Los Angeles. Presentations are prepared so explosions pop out of giant screens, key pillars are memorised so press leave with the right message, and development teams tune demos so difficulty is near non-existent.
So, I always try to pull my punches when it comes to casting the hammer blow of judgement down on an E3 demo - particularly if that judgement is a negative one. But in Ryse's case, it's hard to.
Crytek showed a gameplay video of Xbox One-exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome at the Microsoft Press conference today and confirmed it will be a launch title.
Ryse puts you on the frontlines of a Roman army as Marius Titus, a commander who must fight and lead troops in battle - by shouting things at Kinect, if you like.
Ryse is chock-full of bombastic set pieces that see Roman galleys crash and splinter on the rocks. It's also full of QTE combat by the looks of things, with button-prompts popping up with such regularity that it's unclear exactly what you do control.
As expected, Crytek's Ryse is an Xbox One game.
An update on developer Crytek's website confirmed the news alongside a countdown that ends during Microsoft's E3 press conference in June.
"Exclusively for Xbox One" reads the website. "Fight as a soldier. Lead as a general. Rise as a legend."