Microsoft to cut digital price of Xbox One's Ryse: Son of Rome to $39.99 for one week

A few weeks ago, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb stated that the company was aware that many games for the Xbox One go on sale in disc form, while the digital price for those same titles remains the same. He stated that offering competitive pricing for digital Xbox One games  "is indeed on the agenda." Today, the company revealed its first experimental plans to cut the price of digital Xbox One games.

In a post on his Twitter account, Microsoft Xbox exec Mike Ybarra announced that from February 18-24, the digital price for Crytek's third-person Roman Empire action game Ryse: Son of Rome would be cut to $39.99.

There will also be some special daily price cuts for the game add-ons from Feb. 25-27, according to Ybarra. The sale will also be available in other Xbox One regions, such as the UK, where the price for Ryse will be £34.99.

The digital sale for Ryse will conclude just a few days before Microsoft and developer Crytek release the latest DLC pack for the game; Mars’ Chosen Pack will be made available on February 28th and will cost $8.99. It will add five new multiplayer maps, a new character skin and a new gameplay mode, Survival, as the player and another gladiator have to face endless waves of enemies..

Source: Mike Ybarra on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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What about
1. Making the games even cheaper, their still more expensive than their retail counterparts,
2. Stop charging £11+ for simple map packs
3. STOP CHARGING £40 FOR SEASON PASSES!!!!!!

I think you should post this at EA or Activision forum.

illage3 said,
What about
1. Making the games even cheaper, their still more expensive than their retail counterparts,
2. Stop charging £11+ for simple map packs
3. STOP CHARGING £40 FOR SEASON PASSES!!!!!!

minster11 said,
I think you should post this at EA or Activision forum.

but it says "**Microsoft** to cut digital price of Xbox One's Ryse: Son of Rome to $39.99 for one week"

Good. I hope people support this well enough for it to have a positive impact.
(I would if I had a Xbox 1)

How about better priced DLC map packs? I know tons of people who are still running with the core maps on Halo and COD.

I'm glad they are pricing the digital version appropriately. If they wanted a real test, they would have permanently adjusted the price, maybe not everyone can afford it that week. A month long trial would have been much better at any rate.

That's weird. I mentioned this about MS going digital with the original Xbox One plans (before the Outcry) and I was told Microsoft wouldn't do this. Someone in the forums lied to me?

Nobody said there wouldn't be sales, and if they did, they're stupid. Most people were saying that you aren't going to see Steam-like sales.

$20 off a $60 game is a typical sale really; hell, Amazon has MGSV right now for $40 for both PS4 and Xbox One from what I can tell. And it'll likely be better than Ryse anyway.

dead.cell said,
$20 off a $60 game is a typical sale really; hell, Amazon has MGSV right now for $40 for both PS4 and Xbox One from what I can tell. And it'll likely be better than Ryse anyway.

Heard rumours MGSV only takes 90m to run through though... thats a lot of $$$ for 90 minutes.

ZeroHour said,

Heard rumours MGSV only takes 90m to run through though... thats a lot of $$$ for 90 minutes.

The rumor is 2 hours, but it's really hard to compare what you're getting in time alone. Gameplay means everything, not to mention the replay value. I can't tell you how many times I've played through MGS and MGS2 for that matter. I wasn't really a fan of the MGS4 due to the cut scenes, but I still know Kojima puts a lot of effort into what he does. If I can have a blast playing it through, I'll be happy.

If we went by clear times alone, then the Stanley Parable wouldn't have gotten any of the praise that it did. (I personally thought that game was so-so)

dead.cell said,

The rumor is 2 hours, but it's really hard to compare what you're getting in time alone. Gameplay means everything, not to mention the replay value.
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Yeah, I just wish it had been around the £20 mark, that price would be about right for a 2 hour game. I used to replay single player games but sadly never have the time now

ZeroHour said,

Heard rumours MGSV only takes 90m to run through though... thats a lot of $$$ for 90 minutes.

I was told its more of a demo and the full MGSV (!?) comes out later?

mastercoms said,
Let's see if any steam like sales come after there are more games for xbo

Yep. MS should've been doing stuff like this years ago on the 360.

Little late to the party, but better late than never. Halo 3 for 99¢ flash sale, please!

Chikairo said,

Yep. MS should've been doing stuff like this years ago on the 360.

Little late to the party, but better late than never. Halo 3 for 99¢ flash sale, please!


Halo 3 was free via Games for Gold a few months back..