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Features

  • Shape a dynamic story - As a masterless warrior, a Ronin, your destiny is your own. See the story unfold in different ways depending on the choices you make and the characters you ally with along the way. Face critical mission decisions like whether to assassinate or protect key figures, and shape the course of history through a rich multi choice system.
  • Engage in deep accessible combat - From the veteran developers of Nioh and Ninja Gaiden Rise of the Ronin offers deeply engaging yet accessible combat, with layers of complexity suitable for any playstyle. Face your foes with a selection of close-quarters weaponry or engage from afar with authentic period firearms.
  • Explore a historically-inspired world - The Bakumatsu period heralds the end of the Shogunate as a new era begins and East and West collide. Experience this cultural revolution across an open world where you’ll meet the key figures who’ll shape the course of history, and the ordinary citizens seeking a guiding light in the darkness.
  • Immerse yourself in 19th-century Japan - Feel the impact of combat with haptic feedback through the DualSense™ wireless controller. Experience the click of your matchlock rifle’s trigger and more through the DualSense wireless controller’s adaptive triggers.

Product Description

Forge your fate in this epic new samurai action adventure - Rise of the Ronin on PS5. Embark on an epic journey across war-torn 19th-century Japan in this combat-focused open-world action RPG from Team NINJA, the veteran studio behind Nioh and NINJA GAIDEN.

Japan, 1863. After three centuries of the Tokugawa Shogunate’s oppressive rule, the Black Ships of the West descend upon the nation’s borders and the country falls into a state of turmoil. Amidst the chaos of war, disease and political unrest, a nameless warrior forges their own path, holding the very fate of Japan in their hands.

What is Rise of the Ronin?

Story

What is Rise of the Ronin?


In the year 1863, Japan found itself at the mercy of Western ships breaching its borders, plunging the nation into turmoil. Amidst the chaos of war, rampant disease, and political upheaval, an enigmatic warrior emerged, charting a course that would leave an indelible mark on Japan's destiny.

Multiple ways of Traversal

Gameplay

Multiple ways of Traversal


In "Rise of the Ronin," the protagonist possesses a diverse array of fast traversal methods, including horseback riding, utilizing a grappling hook, and employing a glider. These options not only provide distinctive ways to navigate the terrain but also offer novel approaches to engaging and defeating adversaries throughout the world.

Locations

Famous Cities Reimagined


In "Rise of the Ronin," players journey through iconic historic landmarks such as Bakumatsu-era Japan, Edo (modern-day Tokyo), and Kyoto. These meticulously crafted cities, integral to the open-world design, subtly incorporate glimpses of Western influence amidst the traditional Japanese setting. Leveraging the graphical capabilities of the PS5, the game beautifully captures the essence of Japan's cultural heritage while hinting at the evolving interplay between Eastern and Western influences during the Bakumatsu period.

Weapons and combat

Weapons

Weapons and combat


Team Ninja has merged their renowned combat action with Katanas, spears, and other melee weapons, as well as foreign firearms in Rise of the Ronin. As a Ronin, you'll engage in battles using these various weapons. The primary combat approach entails executing melee attacks with Square, defending against enemy assaults with L1 for guarding and Circle for dodging. Once your opponent's Ki is fully depleted, they'll be left vulnerable and incapacitated, allowing you to inflict significant damage through critical hits.

Rise of the Ronin - Behind the Scenes: Episode 1


Embark on a journey as a masterless warrior, a Ronin, and shape history in an open-world action-RPG on PlayStation®5. Get an exclusive look at the creation of Rise of the Ronin in our first Behind the Scenes episode. Explore the "Bakumatsu" period with Team NINJA, where East meets West as the Shogunate era ends. Meet the talented creators, delve into the game's origins, and discover the incredible development process. Experience the meticulous recreation of 19th-century Japan with Film Director Keishi Otomo and Composer Inon Zur. Don't miss the release on March 22, 2024, exclusively on PS5!

Rise of the Ronin - Behind the Scenes: Episode 2


Join us in this second chapter of our Behind the Scenes series as we delve deeper into the combat features of Rise of the Ronin. From the veteran developers of Nioh and Ninja Gaiden – Rise of the Ronin introduces deeply engaging yet accessible combat, with layers of complexity that caters to a variety of playstyles. Learn more about melee and ranged weaponry, commanding unique special moves to prevail in combat in the world of 19th-century “Bakumatsu” Japan.

Game Informer

Rise of the Rōnin

Rise of the Rōnin Preview

by Marcus Stewart on Dec 19, 2023

A Rōnin is a samurai without a master. Unshackled from bonds, these wandering swordsmen are free to carve their own path, and that freedom forms the foundation of Rise of the Ronin. The adventure is Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and Nioh developer Team Ninja’s first choice-driven, open-world action game. We recently got another peek at the title during The Game Awards, and we spoke to the game’s lead designers to get some insight and context as to what the adventure entails.

Set in 1863, Japan, players control a nameless Rōnin acting as a kind of work-for-hire warrior called a Veiled Edge. The game unfolds in the middle of what’s known as the “Bakumatsu” period. A decade prior, Japan’s centuries of isolation came to an end thanks to the arrival of the American “black ships” led by Commander Matthew C. Perry, kicking off the nation’s years-long transformation from its militaristic Tokugawa Shogunate government to the modernized empire brought about by the Meiji Restoration. Game director Fumihiko Yasuda tells us this collision of East and West and the resulting political and societal chaos was “the most exciting and eventful handful of years” of Japan’s history.

“Nioh was set in what's called the Sengoku period, or which is sort of the Warring States period, where there were samurai who fought in the very traditional style,” says producer Yosuke Hayashi. “But we wanted this new Bakumatsu, which is sort of the end of the Edo era, …it's a lot more modern, so we thought it allows for a unique setting when we were thinking about creating a fiction story inspired by a certain moment in time. It allowed for a very unique setting for us.”

Unlike the fantastical Nioh and Wo Long, Rise of the Rōnin shuns those supernatural elements in favor of telling a more grounded historical drama. Yasuda believes this is necessary for players to fully immerse themselves into the story and setting. Expect to encounter several real-life figures of the era, such as Sakamoto Ryōma and Yoshida Shōin. Though the narrative weaves in real-life events, it’s a fictional tale that players have the freedom to mold thanks to the inclusion of choices.

In another first for a Team Ninja action game, Rise of the Rōnin features decision-making that steers the adventure as players see fit. Conversations feature multiple responses, and key story moments present options such as choosing whether to kill or spare an assassination target.

Don’t expect a large number of these branches to present themselves during the main story, but completing certain side missions related to the main narrative or centering on an important character will help steer the overall adventure toward one of several endings. These include Bond Missions, which involve helping specific characters to improve your relationship with them.

Yasuda states the concept of bonds is a central theme of Rise of the Rōnin. “So you have a lot of characters that you meet throughout the story that you can develop bonds with,” Yasuda explains. “And a lot of side quests are also tied to these historical figures. And they're also the system of forming bonds with lands and different locations. So, by helping out people in certain lands, you can deepen your bond with them. A lot of motivation for exploring the world is centered around these systems of bonds with characters and locations.”

The Rōnin himself symbolizes this freedom. Team Ninja describes him as a fully realized character with a fleshed-out backstory, but making decisions allows players to decide how he’s depicted in the story. The studio wouldn’t divulge much more into his personality or ultimate goal, but players will have plenty of time to get to know him while roaming Rise of the Rōnin’s freely explorable Japan.

Hayashi says Rise of the Rōnin’s open world presented a welcomed challenge for the studio traditionally known for creating linear levels or, at most, large hubs. “Something we've always wanted to sort of do was to create an open-world title,” says Hayashi. “I think that was sort of a natural next step for us.”

Humorously, Yasuda adds that Team Ninja is so accustomed to designing games where players kill anything that moves that crafting an experience with less expendable background characters, such as civilians, has been “impactful” and “a challenge.”

The game features three major cities of the era: Yokohama, Kyoto, and Edo (known today as Tokyo). Yasuda states that the countryside and rural areas between these cities are ravaged by bandits and other threats, along with copious side missions, but doesn’t reveal much more than that. In terms of transportation, trailers have shown players riding on horseback as well as deploying a bird-shaped glider to quickly soar across a city. Players also have a grappling hook used to quickly ascend vertical spaces and fly into the air, which can be used in tandem with the glider to commit aerial assassinations.

Yasuda describes Rise of the Rōnin’s close-quarters swordplay as having familiar elements to games like Nioh. The game includes different weapon styles, parrying appears to be an important skill, and players can employ tricks like setting their katana on fire to deal extra damage. However, Rōnin were known for using a variety of weapons, and that’s represented by polearms and the most devastating weapon granted by the time period: guns. The influx of Western firearms, such as pistols and rifles, adds a vital ranged element to the action. The grappling hook can also be used offensively; a recent trailer showed the Rōnin hooking it to an explosive barrel to swing and lob at a mob of targets. The story may be more reality-based, but the action is as over-the-top as you’d expect from a Team Ninja title.

Team Ninja states Rise of the Rōnin’s combat revolves around studying and learning enemy patterns gleaned after repeated failures, suggesting it will be as challenging as the games preceding it. When I asked if it still punishes death in the same Soulslike fashion, where players must retrieve fallen experience points, and how the more realistic story would justify this, Yasuda confirmed it does and involves a progression resource called Karma. It’s an apt name; the developers say the word symbolizes the destiny people carry from one life into the next. However, Yasuda clarifies that Karma only represents one system. There is another, more traditional type of XP that players retain after death. “You can look forward to the details of this in the future,” Yasuda says.

Rise of the Rōnin is an exciting challenge for Team Ninja. While the team is known for action first and foremost, it’s eager to spread its wings into the open-world genre and is committed to telling a story that feels authentic to the era it depicts. “We're hoping that players can really feel like they've traveled to this important era in Japanese history and enjoy that experience,” says producer Yosuke Hayashi. We’re hoping for the same when the game arrives on March 22.

Specifications

Order Attributes

UPC 711719567356

General

Brand Name Sony Interactive Entertainment
Vendor Part Number 1000037975
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Ratings

Interactive Elements Users Interact

Gameplay

Number of Players 1
Number of Online Players 2-3
Perspective 3rd Person
Genre Action
Interactive Elements Users Interact

Compatability

Compatible Platforms PlayStation 5

Fandom

Publisher Name Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer Name Team NINJA

Dimension

Product Length 5.56
Product Width 0.56
Product Height 6.75
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Product Weight 0.21
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Rise of the Ronin - PlayStation 5
$69.99