Great Change

Rise of the Ronin in 12 breathtaking images

A new action RPG from Team Ninja.

Revealed at Sony’s September State of Play, Rise of the Ronin is developed by Team Ninja, the same studio behind Nioh and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin.

"In Rise of the Ronin, you will explore an evolving world as you fight to forge a new era for Japan."

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The action-adventure is set in 1863 Japan. Though the game will inevitably draw a lot of comparisons to Ghost of Tsushima, know that this historical period is roughly 600 years later.

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As the trailer notes, Japan had been ruled by the militaristic and repressive Tokugawa shogunate for three centuries, and the country is nearing the end of the Edo period.

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It’s around this time that “black ships” come in the night bearing influential Westerners like this jerk.

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The trailer makes note of “those who cleave to the past” (like many samurai) and this young woman who seems caught between tradition and the future.

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At the same time, we get “those who embrace the new” like this gun-toting Japanese warrior.

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You play as a Ronin: “a warrior free of all masters and bonds.”

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Along the way, you’ll ride through stunning vistas on horseback.

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You’ll fly around on a staple in modern open-world gaming: a glider!

Traditional Soulslike combat emphasizes swords and some aerial attacks...

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But you’ll also wield more modern firearms (including rifles with bayonets).

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And, you even get a handy grappling attack you can combo with a flaming sword strike.

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We don’t know much else in the way of concrete details about the game’s story just yet ... but we can’t wait to hear more.

Rise of the Ronin is slated for a release sometime in 2024.

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