Microsoft and Crytek have released three new Ryse: Son of Rome screenshots alongside fresh details about the Xbox One launch game’s story and characters. They also announced an interactive digital graphic novel called Ryse: Sword of Damocles during a San Diego Comic-Con panel, which is said to unlock collectibles that can be redeemed as in-game bonuses providing “an early edge” in the game's multiplayer.
The digital novel centres on a hero who is murdered by corrupt generals and returns from the Underworld to exact brutal revenge. Along with the new Ryse character profiles released today, which include mention of immortal spirits who appear in human form but radiate otherworldly auras, it seems safe to say Ryse will feature a supernatural element, something which hasn’t been evident in screens and gameplay footage released to date.
In Ryse, players step into the role of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who rises through the ranks of the army motivated by his desire to avenge the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits. While the game certainly looks the business, we said last month in a Ryse preview that it’s currently more fun to watch than it is to play, given the lack of punishment it dishes out to players for failure and the fact “it felt like a Kinect game converted into a controller-based experience”. We concluded: “Considering Ryse won't be hitting retail shelves until November, we hope its gameplay ends up matching its impressive visuals.”