Ryse: Son of Rome was slated to receive a challenge editor for its co-op mode, but those plans have apparently been scuttled. Microsoft says it has instead decided to focus its efforts on updates and add-ons, rather than providing an avenue for user-generated content.
"After careful consideration, we have decided to cease development on Ryse: Son of Rome's challenge editor and focus on improving and expanding fans' experience with the game through both free content updates and purchased add-on packs," a spokesperson told Polygon. "We look forward to sharing more details soon."
Sources reportedly claim that Ryse's lackluster reception played a role in the decision as well, given that it received mixed reviews. Our own take was fairly lukewarm. It's currently on sale for $40, through February 24, and a "Mars' Chosen" DLC pack is set to hit on February 28.
The challenge editor was planned to be an application for Microsoft's SmartGlass technology, letting users put together a map of objectives on their tablet and then upload it to the game. The more people to play the challenge, the bigger the reward would grow, and Crytek had plans to curate the best of the challenges.