Microsoft's announced the April lineup of Xbox Games With Gold and it's a tidy list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."