Rise Of The Ronin is a “combat focused open-world action RPG that takes place in Japan at a time of great change,” and has been in the works since 2015.
“Development has progressed slowly and freely, much like the spirit of a Ronin,” said Team Ninja’s director and president Fumihiko Yasuda in the announcement blog.
According to the blog, Rise Of The Ronin is set in the late 19th century when “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.”
“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.” The game will immerse players “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.”
According to Yasuda: “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.”
Series director Katsuhiro Harada said on Twitter that the game “breaks into a new generation”.