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Rise of the Ronin, the new historically inspired open-world game. Here are the five things we know about Rise of the Ronin.
Sony’s most recent state of play had a standout moment with the unveiling of Team Ninja’s latest creation, Rise of the Ronin. Departing from their well-known Ninja Gaiden series and Dead or Alive fighting games, Team Ninja has finally set its sights on a historically inspired open-world game set in Japan. By the looks of it, Rise of the Ronin appears to combine elements from Ghosts of Tsushima, Dark Souls and Assassin’s Creed. And with a legendary track record for delivering action-packed samurai and ninja games, the studio aims to use all that they’ve learned to create the most intricate samurai open-world to date. So, without further ado, here are the five things we know about Rise of the Ronin.
Rise of the Ronin- The Story
In Rise of the Ronin takes place in mid-1800s Japan, specifically in 1863, five years before the Takugawa Shogunate fell. This period is significant because it marks the end of the Edo era and the emergence of the Meiji Restoration. The game explores the intricate changes happening in society as Japan undergoes a major transformation. It focuses on the tension between traditionalist Shogunate supporters and anti-Shogunate nationalists, advocating for imperial rule. The devs have also highlighted the importance of player choices, allowing alignments with NPC factions, opposing their beliefs, or staying neutral. The decisions of the independent Ronin protagonist can influence the game’s story. Although the exact impact of player choices is almost always greatly exaggerated, the focus on player agency suggests high replayability, urging players to experience multiple playthroughs.
Rise of the Ronin- Exploration
To reiterate, yes, Rise of the Ronin is an open-world game. Rise of the Ronin impresses not just with its historical accuracy and detailed combat, but also boasts a visually striking and varied world for players to discover. Team Ninja has carefully designed environments ranging from peaceful fishing villages to lively cityscapes, mirroring the changing in-game world. Players have numerous ways to move around, whether on foot, on horseback, or using a backpack that turns into kite wings for a cool aerial view. What? It’s an open-world game. It wouldn’t be one if it didn’t have a hand glider. So that’s where historical accuracy is compromised. Anyway, who doesn’t love gliders?
Rise of the Ronin- Combat
Of course, in Rise of the Ronin, combat takes center stage, and the combat system is certainly promising as Team Ninja has literal decades of experience crafting popular samurai and ninja titles. But Rise of the Ronin is taking a slightly different approach. Rise of the Ronin explores the influence of westernization in mid-1800s Japan, introducing exotic overseas weapons. Unlike most samurai games, guns are common in this game. The Ronin can skillfully use firearms, killing his adversaries with both blade and bullet. Whether stabbing enemies with a musket’s bayonet or delivering close-range shots with a revolver, the addition of guns brings depth to the combat.
This deviation from the usual sets Rise of the Ronin apart as a standout title in the samurai genre. However, in the arsenal of the Ronin, traditional samurai weaponry is still mainly used, with a nod to both historical accuracy and creative liberty. While the curved, super-sharp samurai katanas are prominent, Rise of the Ronin introduces a diverse array of weaponry. Notably, a naginata, a pole-blade weapon, makes its appearance, showcasing the Ronin’s versatility. Adding a Zelda-esque twist, a grapple hook becomes a valuable tool, allowing the Ronin to attach and propel himself into the battlefield.
While currently labeled as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, proving their strong connection A closer look at the official information suggests a possibility for a broader release. The key term here is console in the PS5 exclusive tag, leaving room for a potential launch on PC. This strategic move not only broadens the game’s audience, but also aligns with Team Ninja’s ambitious goal of selling 5 million units. With support from Sony X-Dev, a studio renowned for titles like Returnal and Until Dawn, this collaboration makes Rise of the Ronin very promising, to say the least.
The PlayStation 5 version of the game is expected to launch on March 22, 2024.
Well, these are the 5 things we know about Rise of the Ronin. Now just think for a minute, Rise of the Ronin puts you in the shoes of a free-spirited warrior navigating Japan amid significant social and political upheaval. Now where have I seen this before? Since Team Ninja is at the helm, there’s no doubt in my mind that Rise of the Ronin will be one of the best releases in 2024. What do you guys think?
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