Phil Spencer: Ryse Son of Rome is “The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Xbox One”

The Microsoft Games Studios VP thinks Crytek did “a great job” with the graphics while calling combat “strong”.

Posted By | On 14th, Aug. 2013 Under News

While speaking to Director of Programming for Xbox Live Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer talked about playing a recent build of Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome, releasing exclusively for the Xbox One. His thoughts? That it’s definitely “the best thing I’ve seen on Xbox One”.

“I played a build of Ryse last week, some new levels on kit, and it’s the best thing I’ve seen on Xbox One. Just incredible. Not only the combat…a lot of people are asking about combat, and combat is coming along…It’s strong. Crytek always did a great job with graphics, and you can see these scenes that truly…I mean I just sat there and stared for a little while. It’s amazing work.

“It is (a different game from Crysis), and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to partner with them on this. They’ve traditionally done shooters, think about FarCry, think about Crysis. We have a lot of shooters on the platform and they came and said, ‘We want to try something new, we want to be first party for the first time’. I’ve known that team for seven, eight years back when they did FarCry and thought, ‘What a great opportunity to come together’.”

Of course, there have been concerns that combat is a little QTE-heavy but Crytek has assured people that there’s far more to the game than what was shown at E3. Stay tuned for more details.


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