Rise of the Ronin “Story Vignette” trailer puts the focus on politics

Who will rise to power?

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The key art for Rise of the Ronin, including logo.

Rise of the Ronin is easily one of the more anticipated games launching this month, if not this year. Part of that is due to the story, part is due to the gameplay, and part is because developer Team Ninja (a division of Koei Tecmo that was founded when it was still just Tecmo) is quite trustworthy. Several trailers and developer diaries have been posted over the last month or so. Today’s trailer has prospective players meet the key political factions vying for power during a tumultuous time period. The game will be launched for PlayStation 5 later this month, with things like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers being console features.

It’s Japan, 1863. The Tokugawa Shogunate has oppressively rules for three centuries, but now the Black Ships of the West are descending upon the nation’s borders. The country falls into turmoil. A nameless warrior is left to forge their own path, holding the fate of Japan in their hands, amidst the chaos stemming from war, disease, and political unrest.

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A Ronin is a masterless warrior. Their destiny is up in the air. The story will change depending on choices and allies, shaping the course of history through the rich multiple-choice system. Critical missions decisions are things like deciding whether to assassinate or protect key figures. The game promises deeply engaging yet accessible combat from veteran developers who also made Nioh and Ninja Gaiden.

The Bakumatsu period signals the end of the Shogunate. East and west collide. The cultural revolution happens across the open world, with players meeting key figures that will shape history and ordinary citizens who just need a guiding life in the darkness. Earlier this week Matt previewed Rise of the Ronin for DDNet, stating, “no one makes historical epics quite like Koei Tecmo.” Based on the below trailer, it’s easy to see why.

There are multiple ways to get Rise of the Ronin – which thankfully means a physical edition will be available. There is a standard digital edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and a standard physical edition. Preorders of any edition come with early access to four Combat Styles (Hayabusa-ryu for Katana, Hayabusa-ryu for Naginata, Nioh-ryu for Katana, and Aisu Kage-ryu for Katana), early access to Iga Ninja’s Katana, and early access to Iga Ninja’s Armor set. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the game, Iga Ninja’s Staff, Toyokuni Paired Swords, Bando Warrior Armour set, and Japanese Formal Wear set.

Developed by Team Ninja and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Rise of the Ronin will be released for PlayStation 5 on March 25.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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