The arena maps, Invictus and Barbarous, challenges players to control landmarks, defend Emperor Nero from attackers and set wicker men ablaze. The maps include underground areas that link stages together. In the Island survival map, players pick apart an endless wave of enemies while dodging a downpour of arrows. The add-on is free for Ryse season pass holders ($19.99, £15.99) on Xbox One, or can be downloaded separately for $8.99 (£4.79).
Ryse: Son of Rome (Duel of Fates)
LONDON, 24 APRIL 2014 – Today, Microsoft and Crytek have announced the release of "Duel of Fates," the third downloadable content package for "Ryse: Son of Rome."
Available now, the downloadable content features two new arena mode round-to-round maps in "Invictus" and "Barbarous", and a survival map titled "Island." Players will also be able to access two new gladiator skins for their combatants, both taken from "Ryse: Son of Rome's" single-player campaign: Glott the barbarian chief, and "Ryse" protagonist Marius Titus.
The maps are loosely based on historical events. The Servile Wars, a series of slave uprisings, inspired the creation of the "Invictus" map. "Barbarous" hearkens back to the numerous barbarian invasions that helped spur the fall of the Roman Empire. In these maps, gladiators are tasked with seizing and holding special landmarks such as the God Tree, lighting wicker men on fire, defending Emperor Nero from harm, and avoiding numerous firetraps and arrow jets. New underground areas link certain stages together, with plenty of thematic and environmental diversity within each map.
Gladiators come to the new survival map, "Island," already bleeding. The challenge here is to fight off an endless series of combatants, pulling off executions to ensure the restoration of their health. The limited combat space and constantly diminishing health creates a sense of urgency, and this tension is heightened further by a barrage of arrows raining down on the battlefield. This map demands that players fight without quarter or pause and is "Ryse: Son of Rome's" most intense offering to date.
The fates are aligned, and they will duel on 24 April. You can get the new "Duel of Fates" content on Xbox One as part of the "Ryse: Son of Rome" season pass for £15.99, or as a standalone pack for £4.79.