Crytek's gladiatorial first person action game Ryse has been confirmed as an Xbox One exclusive. On top of that, gameplay has been confirmed to be controller-based, but "enhanced" by the Kinect, where at its initial announcement at E3 2011 Ryse appeared to be a completely Kinect experience. A new countdown on the site implies that more information will be available at E3.
Yes, it has been two years since Ryse was announced during E3 2011 to a myriad of responses. Generally speaking, at the time the Kinect wasn't the most popular peripheral in existence, but a game like Ryse made from guys like Crytek was confusing. Are developers of core experiences finally getting behind this thing? Should we expect some solid games from Kinect soon? The answer then was no.
Yet with the announcement of the Xbox One it appears Ryse has finally found the tech it required to become a real game. Promising news? It's hard to say at this point. Microsoft's Xbox One announcement was positively dripping in marketing speak and spin. Until we get some hands with the console and games like Ryse we best not say anything at all. Again, however, just like in 2011, it's intriguing to see Crytek openly supporting a motion control "enhanced" experience.
PS, that rumor about Microsoft having four major launch titles for Xbox One, which included Forza and Ryse, looks a little more truthful now, eh?