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Microsoft explain Ryse’s absence from E3

By: Musa Afridi

  |   July 2nd, 2012   |  
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Xbox 360 Kinect

CryTek’s ambitious Kinect brawler was a notable absentee from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo but both the publisher and the developer have stated that the game is still in development.

In terms of motion control, the Nintendo Wii remains the king as it introduced the phenomenon to the mainstream and made a couple billion dollars out of it. Microsoft and Sony took notice and released the Kinect and the PlayStation Move respectively.

However, neither game has had any standout Kinect or Move title as yet. Sony has given it a go by adding PlayStation Move compatibility to some its biggest titles such as Killzone 3 and Resistance 3 but on its own, the Move does not have anything to call its own.

The same can be said of the Microsoft Kinect, which only seems to be catering to the casual gamer market at the moment, yet there is one title that could change all of that and that title is Ryse.

The ambitious brawler plans on making the player’s entire body a controller and will allow him to fight on screen characters by actually throwing punches and kicks. Well, at least that is what the trailer suggests and seeing how that is all that the video game industry has to go on it is all everyone knows at this point in time.

Ryse was one title many expected to take centre stage at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference, instead the gaming world got SmartGlass. However, Microsoft executive, Phil Spencer, explained that the studio was waiting for the right time to show off the game.

He said, “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 told fans to be patient and that they could expect more on the game in the near future. He said, “You’ll see more about that game, no doubt.”

At the same time, the CEO of CryTek, Cevat Yerli, also added his voice to the ‘be patient’ brigade. He pointed out that Ryse was “one of my personal darlings so it’s going to be rock-solid and strong.”

The game is set to be the first triple-A title on the console aimed at the core gaming market and could be the difference between the Kinect flying away even further from the Move or a flop that may just end up being the Haze of the Xbox 360.

Either way the game looks ground breaking and could define how developers view the Kinect in the future, that is, a motion control peripheral that can be used for more than petting baby tigers, playing table tennis and smacking big red balls.