Redmond, WA, USA, 19-2-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — On Feb. 28, Microsoft Studios and Crytek invite you to return to the Colosseum of ancient Rome to take up arms in “Ryse: Son of Rome’s” most ambitious and robust add-on to date: “Mars’ Chosen Pack.” Available for $8.99 USD through the Xbox Games Store, or as part of the “Ryse: Son of Rome” Season Pass, “Mars’ Chosen Pack” adds new maps, a new character skin and a brand-new cooperative gameplay type called Survival Mode.
To prepare gladiators for the arena, 10 days of sales on “Ryse: Son of Rome” content will be available in the Xbox Games Store. To kick things off, from Feb. 18 through Feb. 24, the Games on Demand version of “Ryse: Son of Rome” will go on sale for $39.99 USD. Afterwards, more “Ryse: Son of Rome” discounts will be announced each day between Feb. 25 and Feb. 27 via Major Nelson and Xbox Twitter and Facebook.
Survival Mode Challenges Gladiators to a Heroic Fight to the Death
Some gladiators fight for riches. Others for honor. And then there are those whose only pursuit is a valiant end upon the sands of the arena. In the brand-new Survival mode, such a glorious fate will be within your grasp. There is only one objective in Survival mode: battle alongside a fellow gladiator against endless waves of barbarians as your health gradually drains, leading to your inevitable fall. The only way to regain health and keep death at bay is with quick kills and brutal executions, but the longer you survive, earning more gold and experience with each wave successfully cleared, the faster your health depletes.
In addition to Survival mode, “Mars’ Chosen” Pack features five maps. Two of the maps – Firestorm and Dockyard – are specifically created for Survival Mode, and the most popular map, Courtyard, has been optimized for Survival Mode. The other two – Pyramid and Obelisk – will transport you to the distant and exotic shores of ancient Egypt in Arena Mode. Lastly, Mars’ Chosen Pack includes a new character skin: the Legionary.
Learn How “Ryse: Son of Rome” Has Evolved Since Launch
Since “Ryse: Son of Rome” launched on Nov. 22, Crytek and Microsoft Studios have been hard at work improving fans’ experience with the game. Just a few months ago, they released a free game update that added a multiplayer leaderboard and two new level events to Gladiator mode. They have also been collecting community feedback and studying gameplay data to implement changes that make the action in the arena even more engaging and exciting for players.
Xbox Wire sat down with Ryse: Son of Rome” Senior Producer Justin Robey and discussed how the game experience has evolved since launch and why fans should be excited about the upcoming “Mars’ Chosen Pack” on Feb. 28. To read the interview, visit Xbox Wire.
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Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio, and two Red Dot Design Awards (in 2010 and 2013). Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010), Crysis® 3, Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012) and Ryse: Son of Rome. For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.