Remember Ryse? Crytek’s 2013 Xbox One launch title was a good-looking but brutally short third-person sword and shield combat game that was designed to show off what Microsoft’s new console could do. But it wasn’t always so.
Initially, Ryse was meant to be an Xbox 360 game. Then, before it was known as Ryse, it was known as Codename Kingdoms. And it was not third-person, but first-person.
A recently unearthed prototype of Codename Kingdoms shows us how Ryse looked in this early form. The video, below, published by YouTube channel Prototype Preservation, was created from a prototype found on an Xbox 360 dev kit bought by a Twitter user called Cheese007.