It’s no secret that the Xbox One is selling worse than the PS4. While neither company has disclosed worldwide sales in a while, we do know that Sony sold 3.5 million PS4s and PS3s combined in Q1 2014 compared to Microsoft’s 1.1 million Xbox Ones and Xbox 360s. A few days ago we learned that former Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome would be coming to PC this fall, and now we know that future Ryse titles may also launch on PS4.
Eurogamer has an extensive interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli concerning all aspects of the company. From their games to their financial situation to their recent controversies, the interview is a fascinating read that I wholeheartedly suggest you check out. The one area that sticks out is Ryse and Crytek’s relationship with Microsoft. Though its been rumored for months, Crytek is the first publisher to publicly acknowledge that they are not happy with the sales of Xbox One, though Yerli maintains that Crytek has a strong relationship with Microsoft.
“We have a good relationship with Microsoft. We are constantly looking at what we can do together. We are not 100 per cent happy with Xbox One sales right now. So we want to wait till the current gen and next gen catches up. For Ryse 2, we aren’t saying it’s cancelled. It’s our IP. It just has to wait for the right timing. And the right timing means higher installed base across next-gen.”
When asked if Ryse 2 could see a release on PS4, Yerli replied, “We can do whatever we want with it with whoever we want.”
Publisher unhappiness with Xbox One sales is nothing new. Despite sales outpacing the Xbox 360, Xbox One has failed to keep up with the PS4 and hasn’t even managed to eclipse the Wii U. Rumors earlier this year suggest that behind-closed-doors both EA and Activision are very unhappy with the sales results. At E3 2014, a report revealed that Titanfall 2 would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and an insider has suggested that the Activision-Microsoft Call of Duty partnership could be coming to an end.
The future of Ryse is still unclear, but PC gamers will be able to enjoy it when it launches sometime this fall. Xbox One owners can go out and enjoy the game right now.