Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome was a really fun game, and despite its lukewarm reception as an Xbox One launch title, it was still a pretty decent game. Since launch, the game has received mixed reviews from players. Those who enjoyed the game are definitely looking for a sequel to the 2013 title. What are the chances of us seeing Ryse 2 The Empire?
Ryse 2 Rumors
Back in December, the rumor mill was hot with news of a Ryse sequel finally happening. An image teasing Ryse 2 The Empire was found online, but the image was taken down immediately. The image itself was just a candid shot of the game’s title screen. SegmentNext managed to grab a screencap of the tweet before it got taken down. Based on the image, it seems like the candid shot was taken from a conference of sorts.
Crytek is yet to release a statement regarding the rumors, so for now, it’s best to treat the Ryse sequel as a possibility. The first game didn’t get a lot of positive reviews, so fans really didn’t bother to ask for a sequel then.
The game didn’t get enough attention then, but in an interview with Game Informer back in October, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that fans have now been asking for a sequel. “I always chuckle a little bit when people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Ryse 2!’ When Ryse was a launch game for Xbox One it ran into some review headwinds. Now when people think back it’s like, ‘Okay, there’s something there,’” says Spencer.
Studio Closures And Difficulties
A big difficulty with getting a sequel though is the fact that Crytek has closed five development studios recently. This was done due to the company’s financial difficulties. Before the studio closures, it was also widely reported that employees have failed to receive a salary for several months already.
Despite all of these difficulties, Crytek announced in December 20 that “they will still work on premium IPS”. Here’s their announcement via a press release:
Crytek today outlined a series of changes to its future business plans that will see the company refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.
As part of the changes, Crytek will concentrate on development in its Frankfurt and Kiev studios and continue to develop and work on premium IPs. CRYENGINE will remain a core pillar of Crytek’s overall strategy, with enterprise licensees and indie developers alike continuing to be served by regular engine updates. All other development studios will not remain within Crytek and management has put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future.
Ryse 2 The Empire may sound impossible for now, with the leak and Spencer’s comments, fans have something to look forward to. If the sequel does get released, then Crytek could ensure that gameplay isn’t repetitive as it was one of the down points of the first game.