The recently released gameplay trailer for the upcoming PS5 exclusive Rise of the Ronin gives us an exciting first look at what we can expect from this highly-anticipated samurai action game. Set in 19th-century Yokohama, the trailer showcases the game’s beautifully rendered setting as well as some of the combat and traversal mechanics that set Rise of the Ronin apart.
We see the Ronin protagonist battling groups of enemies across rooftops and through narrow alleys, switching between multiple stances and combat styles to take down foes. There is a slick parry system that allows the player to deflect attacks and disrupt enemy stances for counterattack opportunities. It looks to require precise timing and mastery of defense just as much as offense.
The Ronin’s Unique Abilities
The trailer shows that the Ronin protagonist has trained extensively in multiple martial arts, giving him an array of combat styles to use. We see him switching stances to adjust to different types of enemies – low sweeps and quick slashes to deal with unarmored foes, heavier overhead strikes against those with shields or armor, paired with blocks, and parries against armed swordsmen.
It lends a lot of variety and depth to the melee combat system. Rather than mindlessly mashing attack buttons, you have to read each combat scenario and respond with the appropriate stance and fighting technique. It promises to keep even long battles feeling fresh and engaging as you constantly switch your ronin’s stance and style to counter whatever you face next.
Powerful attacks and disrupting enemies’ stances
The parry system enables precisely timed defensive moves that open up new combat options. We see the ronin parry an attack and then use the opponent’s momentary stagger to launch an unblockable finishing blow. But parries can also leave groups of enemies vulnerable by breaking their coordination, allowing area-of-effect attacks to take them all out at once.
It’s a great risk-vs-reward mechanic that adds another layer of strategy to battles. Knowing when to go on defense for a well-timed parry to unleash a devastating counter then feels incredibly rewarding to pull off against the odds and turn the tide of a battle.
Hook for pulling enemies launch bigger opponents
The grappling hook enables unique combat tactics and increases mobility. The ronin can use it to rapidly close distance on fleeing enemies or leave dangerous situations. But we also see it used more creatively in fights – yanking small enemies off their feet for a finishing blow, or propelling the ronin into the air to slice down through a much larger foe’s defenses.
It promises to create some dynamic combat sequences and vary the basic melee fights. The grappling hook combined with the parry system, stances, gunplay, and an assortment of specialized weapons makes every encounter feel like it presents new opportunities for creative problem-solving on your path to victory.
The ronin can swiftly navigate the city using parkour-like movements and tools that enhance his mobility. The grappling hook enables rapid vertical traversal letting him briefly take higher ground or lunge over entire buildings. Sprinting across rooftops and vaulting between cover mid-fight shows off his athleticism. It promises thrilling chase sequences and adds verticality to the combat spaces.
Ability to switch vehicles in the middle of movement
The trailer shows the ronin effortlessly switching between multiple modes of transportation mid-movement. In one scene he jumps off a building, activates the Avicula glider, then seamlessly lands on a galloping horse without breaking stride.
It promises traversal that adapts to your choices rather than feeling like predetermined paths. The flexibility should lend itself to emergent moments and creative problem-solving in both exploration and combat.
Setting and Release Date
Rise of the Ronin takes place in Japan during the late 19th century, specifically in the port city of Yokohama. As one of the first Japanese ports accessible to outsiders, Yokohama was at the center of this transition. Its population boomed with traders and immigrants. Historic buildings and traditional Japanese neighborhoods stood alongside new foreign settlements and industrial buildings built in Western style.
It captures Japan at an inflection point, confronting modernization, cultural influences from abroad, and political unrest. As masterless ronin samurai, players navigate this conflict of old and new while unraveling a complex conspiracy that threatens the country’s future.
Announcement of the PS5 exclusive release date on March 22, 2024
During the gameplay trailer reveal, the release date for Rise of the Ronin was announced as March 22, 2024. So far it’s confirmed to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive developed specially for that console’s cutting-edge hardware. The trailer promises jaw-dropping fidelity recreating 1860s Yokohama with stunning detail and visual flourishes only possible on PS5.
Rise of the Ronin’s first gameplay trailer highlights several compelling features that should have fans of Japanese historical action gaming incredibly excited. The unique late 19th century Yokohama setting pits you as a ronin samurai confronting cultural clashes and political intrigue.
Combat looks to have loads of depth with multiple stances and styles to master along with parrying, grappling hooks for mobility and attack, a wide variety of melee weapons and firearms, and slick parkour-inspired movement enabling fights across rooftops and through alleyways.