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​New samurai game Rise of the Ronin announced: 10 things you need to know

Sep 14, 2022

By: Utkarsh Saurbh

​Genre

Rise of the Ronin is an upcoming open-world action role playing game. It will be playable only in the third person perspective.

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​Developer and publisher

The game is developed by Japanese video game developer Team Ninja Studio. The developers say that they began working on this project seven years ago and it is “the most ambitious and challenging project” for them yet. The game will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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​Setting

The game is set at the very end of the 300-year long Edo period (commonly known as “Bakumatsu”) in the late 19th century, the time of a great change in the history of Japan.

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​Western influence and political unrest

The western influence has begun to permeate in the country where a civil war between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Anti-Shogunate factions rages. Various diseases are also troubling the folk.

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​Bringing history to the game

Fumihiko Yasuda, director and president, Team Ninja, says that they want to “create a multilayered story that showcases the world of the Bakumatsu period and the revolution that took place.” He added that the game will include the darkest and ugliest chapters from the most critical revolution in the history of Japan.

Source: Sony

​The protagonist

In the game, you will play as “a Ronin”, a masterless samurai free to make his own choices.

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​Weapons

The game is combat-focussed, featuring “unrestrained open gameplay” and will allow you to use ‘katanas’ and other familiar weapons of the samurai. There will also be a “new firearm weaponry that depicts the unique personality of its time period.”, said the developers in a blog post.

Source: Sony

​Your decisions will matter

In Rise of the Ronin, you’ll meet several characters, each of whom has their own brand of justice and motivation. You can decide to side with or against them, and your decisions will have consequences.

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​Platforms

The action RPG will come exclusively to PS5.

Source: Sony

​Release date

The game is expected to launch in 2024. It hasn’t got a release date yet.

Source: Sony

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