During yesterday's PlayStation State of Play broadcast, Rise of the Ronin took center stage, showcasing its gameplay and unveiling some exciting details about traversal and other gameplay aspects. One particular bombshell dropped during the presentation: Team Ninja has decided to completely ditch the loot system for this new action-packed adventure, a departure from the loot-heavy Nioh series.
The reaction from Team Ninja fans has been overwhelmingly positive, and it's not hard to see why. Nioh's loot system could be, in the words of one tweet, an absolute nightmare to navigate. Picture yourself drowning in an ocean of weapons, drowning further as dozens of armor items rain down upon you in a matter of minutes. It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack while the haystack grew bigger by the second.
In fact, Nioh had so much loot that Team Ninja had to implement an auto-dismantle option in their later game, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, just to help players sift through the mountain of unwanted items. Equipping yourself with the best gear became a game within the game, a never-ending quest for the perfect loadout across Team Ninja's previous titles.
But fear not, for Rise of the Ronin is here to save us from the loot-induced madness! It seems that Team Ninja has opted for a more refined and streamlined approach to the game's design. This comes as quite a surprise, considering that the developers themselves claimed that Rise of the Ronin would be their biggest game to date. With the Nioh games easily clocking in over 50 hours of playtime, this departure from the loot-heavy formula is no small feat.
Launching exclusively for the mighty PS5 on March 22, Rise of the Ronin will face some stiff competition right out of the gate. Capcom's highly anticipated Dragon's Dogma 2 is set to release on the same day, and just a day before that, PC gamers will be treated to the arrival of Horizon Forbidden West. It's a showdown among gaming giants, with each title vying for our attention and devotion.
So, fellow samurai enthusiasts, get ready to embark on an epic adventure without the baggage of excessive loot drops. Rise of the Ronin promises a loot-less journey through feudal Japan, where the thrill of combat and the mastery of your samurai skills take center stage. Team Ninja has once again proven their mettle, presenting us with a game that dares to defy conventions and carve its own path in the annals of samurai gaming history.
As we eagerly await the arrival of Rise of the Ronin, let's not forget the plethora of exciting exclusives that Sony has in store for us in the coming months and beyond. Check out our upcoming PS5 games guide for a comprehensive look at all the incredible experiences that await us on the horizon.
Get your katana ready, sharpen your skills, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure with Rise of the Ronin. The loot-less revolution is about to begin!