Ryse Will Have Microtransactions

It has been revealed today that  Ryse: Son of Rome will use microtransactions so that players can increase the pace with which they unlock items and features in the multiplayer section of the game. 

At Gamescom the Ryse: Son of Rome multiplayer demo was explained by a Microsoft producer to be similar in design to Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer unlocks and FIFA: Ultimate Team packs. This means that the game will centre around levelling up in order to gain new armour and character customization. 

The producer commented;

“When we talk about the progression system for multiplayer, it’s armour-based. The way you get armour is very similar to how you get it in like Mass Effect or FIFA. 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 tier of loot that you get – whether you buy Bronze, Silver or Gold Packs – guarantees whether you get rare or common items.” 

So far this all sounds like an interesting system that has been put in place, but the producer notes later,  “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 Pact. So we offer some variety there.”

The producer adds that Ryse’s multiplayer stages are made for gamers who want to grind the good old fashioned way for additional experience or gold.

“Just to give you some ideas in terms of how much we have to offer, you can see here, the swords, there’s a ton of different stats. We were very good about designing stages as you play multiplayer, so the stats can change whether you’re focusing on grinding for money, grinding for experience or whether you’re playing with a new or an old player. There’s a lot of ways to change and custom your gear.”

Ryse: Sons of Rome is set to launch on the day of the Xbox One this November. What do you think of Ryse’s microtransaction policy? Let us know what you think in the comments below.