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Ryse: Son of Rome

Microsoft Shares New Ryse: Son Of Rome Story And Character Details

Ryse's cinematics director Peter Gornstein and producers Michael Read and Justin Robey were on hand at Comic Con to talk about the narrative details of the Xbox One's gladiatorial launch title.

Ryse follows the story of Marius Titus, a Roman solider whose family was murdered by barbarians of Britton. Titus has sworn to avenge his family, and is making his way through the ranks of the Roman army in an attempt to track the barbarians down.

Microsoft has also released a motion-comic based in the Ryse universe called Sword of Domocles. You can check out the comic here, which tells the story of Damocles, who comes back from the dead to avenge his own death and save Rome. With Domocles returning from the dead, it seems Ryse will have supernatural storytelling elements, something so far unseen in Ryse's assorted demos and trailers.

The Comic Con panel also detailed a number of Ryse's characters. Alongside Titus, Microsoft revealed Vitallion, "the wise and charismatic geneal," Nero, the emporer of Rome, and Commodus and Basillius, the son and grandson of Nero respectively. Boudica is the daughter of King Oswald, the ruler of the Britannia, and Glott is an "Enigmatic leader of the Northern barbarians." Finally The The Spirit Gods were revealed, who watch over and guide Titus.

You can find more details on all of the characters by heading here. For more on Ryse: Son of Rome, you can check out the game's E3 trailer, as well as more details on the game's combat. Ryse will be a launch title for the Xbox One sometime later this year.

[Source: Xbox]

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  • I've been following this game ever since I first saw it as a kinect first person title, and it's not looking all that bad. Too bad I'll never get to play it since it's Xbox exclusive.

  • Sounds like a great story

  • i cant wait for this game its going to be sick.

  • Nero as the king of Rome? Hell yes. For non history buffs he's basically the Joffrey of the Roman empire.

  • This game will either be really good or fail really horribly.

  • Looks good. Ignore the trolls who hate everything UnSony, they're just jealous.
  • I really, really, really want to get this game but the QTE's... I'm not the best at them example in Tomb Raider; I had to re try the QTE's at least 3 times. It looks like it'll be a great game story wise, not sure about the gameplay however.
  • Looks amazing love the slightly mystic side without going full blown ridiculous like god of war hopefully there will be no stupid giant monsters with the player running up there arms to kill them lol.
  • Very pretty game! I also like how... it's pretty.

    And not much else.

  • Game looks gorgeous, I'll give them that. But from the article Kotaku posted from their hands on experience, this game sounds completely awful. No challenge at all. If I fail to perform the actions needed in a video game, don't reward me for it. This game seems nothing more than a boring, interactive movie. Hope they change it before the game is released.
  • Sounds cool

  • It -looks- pretty good.

  • It's funny how no one has played this game and all the comments are like "very pretty, but terrible gameplay".