Crytek's Ryse Is Still Alive
One noticeable absence from this year's E3 is Ryse, the Xbox 360 exclusive being developed by Crysis creators Crytek. However, Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer says that the game is still alive.
"We're just not at a point right now to show the game, and instead of ... we're still working with Crytek, we're still extremely committed to the relationship, but we want to make sure that we're putting our best foot forward every time we show the game," Spencer said in a chat with Joystiq. "You'll see more about that game, no doubt."
Ryse is a fighting game in which players take on the role of a Roman soldier. The trailer from last year showed players controling their character's blocks and attacks using Kinect. Spencer said in the interview that Kinect is still a part of the game.
Ever since Kinect was announced, Microsoft has been promising that the technology would be for hardcore gamers, too. There are some "core" games out there with limited or optional Kinect functionality (Mass Effect 3, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary) but very few are designed solely for use with Kinect. It's a shame that Ryse's development has taken so long because it could've been the rare exception.
Joystiq speculates that Crytek plans to make Ryse into a Kinect-optional experience. I can't really disagree with such a move. The sort of folks who would want to hack off limbs in a video game generally aren't the sort who bought Kinect. While a pure Kinect title for core gamers sounds nice, it's probably not the smartest idea for sales.
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