A peek behind the veil of PS5 exclusive Rise of the Ronin developer Team Ninja has been shared by publisher PlayStation.
In a new PlayStation Blog post, Sachie Kobari takes us through the various Japanese cities that have been recreated in the image of the dying embers of the Tokugawa Shogunate, including Edo, Kyoto, and Yokohama. The article also includes a behind-the-scenes video documentary exploring the PS5 exclusive’s protagonist, the historical context he operates within, and how Team Ninja is using art and music to bring it to life.
During the video, producer Fumihiko Yasuda speaks on Team Ninja’s high-level goal for the game. Here he states that he wanted to create a game beyond the tough bosses and linear world design the studio’s known for – a game “where the player can fully immerse themselves into the game’s world, the universe, and story.” The studio is renowned for putting out some of the best RPG games, so, naturally, we can’t wait to dive in.
Musing on the provenance of Rise of the Ronin’s protagonist, Yasuda divulges that they are a “powerful ronin who has been trained from a young age as one half of a pair by a secretive group known as the Veiled Edge. Separated from your blade twin for the first time, you now find yourself alone.” Though we don’t know much about the protagonist’s partner in slashing, we expect them to feature throughout.
We recently got to see Rise of the Ronin’s impressive combat in action during January’s State of Play event, and this fascinating new blog post is helping it shape up to be one of Team Ninja’s most impressive releases to date – and that’s saying something, given the bangers it’s put out in recent years.
Thanks to the likes of Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty both performing well, Team Ninja has already made a strong impression on the current console generation. If this new game can achieve top marks when the Rise of the Ronin release date arrives next month, it would further cement the studio’s elite status.
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