Earlier today, Team Ninja and the PlayStation team were proud to reveal the next big action RPG from the developers behind the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises. As part of PlayStations State of Play for September, a reveal trailer dropped for Rise of the Ronin. Take a look:
In Rise of the Ronin you will explore an evolving world as you fight to forge a new era for Japan. You are a Ronin, a warrior free from all masters and bonds and as your destiny intertwines with story characters, take part in an immersive combat-focused action experience.
In what Team Ninja describes as “an epic and unfettered journey” in Rise of the Ronin, players will take control of a katana-wielding warrior at the end of the Edo Period. The game takes place in Japan (obviously) during a time of darkness in the late 19th century as civil war erupts and western forces attempt to take over and rule with an iron fist.
Team Ninja Director and President, Fumihiko Yasuda, describes Rise of the Ronin as being combat-focused while taking place in an open world while retaining the elements of an action RPG during “a time of great change” for Japan.
“Rise of the Ronin is a new Team Ninja experience that will immerse you in a historically inspired world while bringing together its renowned combat action with Katanas and the likes, with new firearm weaponry that depicts the unique personality of its time period,” says Yasuda. “This is undoubtedly the most ambitious and challenging project for Team Ninja Studio to date. Yet we will allow our experience in creating samurai and ninja action games to guide us through this journey.“
In addition to the action, Yasuda emphasizes their devotion to being historically faithful in the game’s portrayal of such a critical and crucial cultural era, and “steadfast in our efforts to create a multilayered story”. And as with most RPGs, your decision matters and will heavily influence the outcome of the story depending on whose side you choose to stand by. As a Ronin, you have no master and only your choices define you.
State of Play | September 13th