Ryse: Son of Rome has been out on Xbox One for about a month, and there are still more awesome features to be added. One of these is the Chronicles, specially designed in-game comics; they are collectable items that can be found as scrolls hidden in the game levels while the player is exploring their surroundings. The comics present scenarios that are only hinted at in the game: what history does general Vitallion share with Marius’ father? How are Aquilo and the mysterious flower girl connected, and what happened after Boudicca’s father was killed? There is a lot to discover, and it’s all available on Xbox SmartGlass, the companion app that turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox system.
“There are 51 pages in the game in total,” says Klaus Scherwinski, Storyboard Artist and creator of the Chronicles. “There is one full story in each level of the game, so if you missed a few you can go in for another round of bashing barbarians in Ryse!”
“The comics started out as a wild idea when I got on board in 2012. Little did I know that, roughly a year later, I would get the chance to do it. We didn’t want to do a straight-on adaptation, instead offering the fans something new altogether. So we came up with the Chronicles to give some more background to individual characters and reveal events and battles that are not in the game but would be interesting to find out about. We had to synch up the storylines with the writers of the game and work with multiple departments; it took a while until I could actually put pencil to paper and start drawing the first sketches.”
“It took us about 8 months, which is a good time for over 50 pages,” he continues. “It needed coordination to ensure that the stories have the same vibe as the entire game. Like everything at Crytek, it was a group effort! The concept art was a major inspiration, as well as the in-game lighting and color schemes. If you see the Art Deco style of the Roman armor that we used in the game, that’s all there in the comics too. I wanted to have the Ryse comics cater to an audience that would enjoy comic books, like Conan or graphic novels like Solomon Cane: Castle of the Devil, while maintaining a vivid connection with everything that makes Ryse: Son of Rome so visually satisfying.”
Make sure to get Ryse: Son of Rome for your Xbox One and use Xbox SmartGlass to collect all the Chronicles!
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