Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:33am 14/09/22 | 0 Comments
While God of War Ragnarök's story trailer rightly took centre stage, the other key detail from Sony's short and sweet State of Play this morning was that Team Ninja has been working on a new title that looks to be an open-world action-RPG set in 1863 Japan, right at the height of its contact with the West, not starring Tom Cruise.
Here at Team Ninja, we are incredibly excited to introduce our very latest action-RPG game which takes you on an epic and unfettered journey as a Ronin at the dawn of a new era in Japan. It was seven years ago when we first began this project. And since then, the development has progressed slowly and freely, much like the spirit of a Ronin. It is with great pleasure to finally bring this title to light, and we are filled with gratitude on being able to make this announcement with PlayStation who have supported us and this project throughout these many years.
Rise of the Ronin is a combat focused open-world action-RPG that takes place in Japan at a time of great change. It is the very end of a 300-year long Edo Period, commonly known as “Bakumatsu”. Set in the late 19th century, Japan is facing the darkest of times as it struggles with its oppressive rulers and deadly diseases while western influence permeates as civil war continues to rage between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Anti-Shogunate factions.
Here in this time of mayhem, you embody a Ronin character, a warrior bound to no master and free to make choices of its own. Rise of the Ronin is a new Team Ninja experience that will immerse you in an 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.
We at Koei Tecmo, have had many titles in the past that were based on history. But with Rise of the Ronin, we set out to take the next big step. By harnessing all the skills and knowledge we’ve gained over the years we really wanted to take things to the next level by attempting to thoroughly portray the most critical revolution in the history of Japan including the darkest and ugliest chapters that many will shy away from. 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.
That the studio and publisher are looking to tackle parts of history "many will shy away from" is a really exciting prospect. We can see shades of the Assassin's Creed franchise and even Ghost of Tsushima, but what Team Ninja can (and will ) bring to this is years of melee combat experience, which will hopefully elevate Rise of the Ronin (heh) even more than its already very promising setup.
Stay tuned for more as it becomes available.
Rise of the Ronin is an exclusive PS5 title not due for release until 2024.