Ryse: Son of Rome E3 Preview: Et Tu, QTE?
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your second screen technology
For Yerli, one of the biggest draws Ryse is getting an exceptionally high score during combat and comparing it to those of your friends. And that’s where Microsoft’s SmartGlass comes in.
Using the SmartGlass mobile app, available on Android and iOS devices, isn’t about having a second screen to stare at during gameplay, but about continuing to be involved in the game when you aren’t playing. For example, the app will have sections highlighting strategies to get through difficult encounters. These guides will be created by not only developers and other players, but also through the video capture technology built-in to the Xbox One.
Your progress in the game will be shown by the app, and your friends’ progress will be displayed as well. If they have beaten a tough encounter that has you stuck, you can tap on their profile and the app will play a video showing you how they beat that encounter. No more digging through YouTube walkthrough videos to find exactly the right sequence you need help with. Crytek wants you to rely on your Xbox friends to help you out through their own achievements.
On the flip side, if you score higher in an encounter than your friends, the SmartGlass app will send them notification of their humiliation, along with the video of how you did it. It’s like automated teabagging. One can only hope there is an option to disable that “feature.”
There will be multiplayer arena matches in Ryse set, of course, in a coliseum. The app will allow you to queue for it while you are playing the single-player game, for added convenience.
All these SmartGlass functions are also in the game itself, so you won’t be missing out on any of this if you don’t own a tablet or smartphone.
Seeing that launch day, a necessary end, will come when it will come
Though Yerli claimed that a large part of Ryse focuses on narration and storytelling, we’ve only seen the combat aspect of the title. And much of that centered around gaining high scores in encounters for bragging rights. When questioned about the highly linear nature of the what was shown, Yerli stated that Ryse is not a sandbox game, though non-combat sections will be “slower paced.”
We look forward to seeing more aspects of gameplay to see how Yerli’s claim of narrative emotion holds up.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a day one launch title for the Xbox One.