Between the likes of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Aperture R & D and Mortal Kombat: Legacy, video gaming web series are beginning to become legion. The latest title to try its hand at success is none other than upcoming Xbox One-exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome.
Pencilled in for a launch day release later this month, Crytek‘s QTE-obsessed curiosity has already attracted its fair share of negative press since going public back at E3. Now, as part of Microsoft’s total war on system rivals Sony, the one-time Kinect-only adventure has been hastily promoted to the role of assistant console shifter — with the marketing cash to match.
With an online comic series already to its name, the Ryse franchise is about to receive yet another advertising boost, by way of Machinima’s latest web series, titled The Fall. Equal parts HBO’s Rome and Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Fall‘s four-part opus promises to recount the events leading up to the beginning of Ryse: Son of Rome, in which player character Marius Titus pursues a personal vendetta of revenge. Check out the show’s’ first trailer up top.
Despite the series’ presumed lack of funds — at least when compared to more fully-fledged TV fare – early lifesigns look good for this miniature Roman epic. Aside from the one or two vaguely amateurish line deliveries sprinkled about the piece (“Son of Rome”), The Fall may yet break the curse of similar low-budget productions, (cough cough MK: Legacy‘s Edenia episodes) by presenting an authentic and believable mythology.
In other Ryse: Son of Rome news, Crytek has detailed the game’s Season Pass features this week, guaranteeing four add-on pack’s worth of downloadable content for the discount rate of $19.99, a 25% saving when compared to individual ah-hoc purchases. Focusing wholly on the game’s multiplayer arena, the Ryse Season Pass includes:
- 14 multiplayer maps
- 6 player skins
- A brand-new multiplayer mode
- New level events
- Access to an exclusive, higher tier of weaponry and armor
- A Season Pass-exclusive in-game sword and shield
*all content is subject to a staggered release schedule, with Crytek yet to detail the makeup of individual packs in the delivery process.
Can The Fall “ryse” above its tie-in associations to become a Machinima hit? How might the game’s monstrous marketing budget have been better spent? Have your say in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with of all the latest Ryse: Son of Rome news, right here on Game Rant.
Ryse: Son of Rome — The Fall premieres on November 5th, 2013, as part of the Machinima video network.
Ryse: Son of Rome launches alongside the Xbox One platform on November 22nd, 2013.
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