Ryse: Son of Rome will feature microtransactions to fast track multiplayer progression, according to a report.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has clarified with CVG how microtransactions will work in Ryse. Here's the full statement below:
"The progression system in 'Ryse: Son of Rome's' cooperative multiplayer experience offers players the freedom to customise their gladiator with a wide range of armour customisation options and upgrades which are accessible across five tiers. Players must advance through each tier by earning experience through gameplay before being eligible to acquire 'booster packs,' which contain in-game upgrades.
Once players have reached a new tier, they may either purchase 'booster packs' using in-game Gold earned through battle, real-world currency or a mix of both, and then must continue to play to advance to the next tier (there is no way to 'buy' your way to the next tier). Players who purchase 'booster packs' with real-world currency will only receive a minor boost in how quickly they acquire the items they've earned compared to those who only use in-game Gold."
A Microsoft producer has confirmed with VideoGamer.com that while Ryse's multiplayer component will feature its own in-game currency for progress unlocks, users can also pay real world money.
"When we talk about the progression system for multiplayer, it's armour-based," the producer told the site at Gamescom during a demo.
"The way that you get armour is very similar to how you get it in like Mass Effect or FIFA," he continued. "You only earn gold while playing multiplayer [and] you use that gold to buy booster packs. Those booster packs contain random sets of loot. Based on the different tiers of loot that you get - whether you buy Bronze, Silver or Gold Packs - guarantees whether you get rare or common items.
"One of the things that we did a little different is that you can buy them with in-game currency and real world currency. The difference is that if you're close we also have small microtransactions.
"Say for instance a gold pack costs 15,000 gold, [and] you've only got 12,500 you can actually buy the difference and only spend a little bit to make it go to a Gold Pack. So we offer some variety there."
Crytek unveiled Ryse's co-op multiplayer mode on Tuesday in the form of Gladiator mode, which will pit players against "ever-changing hordes of enemies" in a Coliseum environment.