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Rise of the Ronin is described as a “combat focused open-world action RPG” that takes place in Japan during the end of the 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,” the game’s synopsis reads.
The game’s developer describes it as “a new Team Ninja experience that will immerse you in a 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.”
Team Ninja president and game director, Fumihiko Yasuda wrote: “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.”
Yasuda said his studio would be “steadfast in our efforts” to create a multilayered story that showcases the world of the Bakumatsu period and the revolution that took place.
“The characters that you will meet all have their own brand of justice and motivations, and whether you decided to side with or against them… each decision you make will matter.”