During a 20 minute long chat with Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer shared a definitely positive opinion about the latest build of Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome:
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”.
That’s definitely high praise, considering that Ryse isn’t even a title developed by Spencer’s own studios. Of course we can’t exactly expect him to be neutral about it, but it’s still promising. I doubt he’d go out of his way to define the title the “best thing” he’s seen on Xbox One if he wasn’t at least relatively confident about it.