Rise of the Ronin is now just less than a month away on PS5, with Team Ninja bringing us another bloodthirsty action RPG on 22nd March. As we get closer to the big day, the second dev diary has now been published, and this one focuses on the game's action, and how it and the narrative feed into each other.

The game is set during Japan's Bakumatsu period, a tumultuous time in the country's history; the country opened up to Western visitors, which fuelled the Boshin war between the shogunate and rebel factions. While the game's story is fictional, the setting isn't, and many characters you meet will be based on real historical figures.

It's this that has us most intrigued in the above video. A bond system means you can ally with various people throughout the story, and who you team up with will have an impact on your playstyle and move set. It seems you'll also be able to swap between certain characters mid-fight, too, making use of their skills. This includes various melee weapons as well as ranged firearms, with the combat accommodating both.

With Team Ninja's action RPG chops, this should be another challenging but great title from the studio. If you missed the first dev diary, you can watch it through the link. Are you excited for Rise of the Ronin? Let us know in the comments section below.

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