Tale of Ronin


Live as a ronin, survive the consequences of your choices in a dynamic world of turmoil and violence. An RPG game about camaraderie and betrayal, about war and peace, and above all honor, coming to PC and consoles.


Blindness in Feudal Japan

Disability has accompanied humans for as long as humans have existed. Japanese history is filled with tales of disabled historical figures, spirits, and kami. In early Japan, blindness caused by disease, farming accidents, or poor nutrition was especially common. The history of blind people in Japan is long and fascinating. As early as the 8th…

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Burakumin: The Untouchable Caste of Feudal Japan

The burakumin are a large group of people who were historically discriminated against in Japan. They are not an ethnic minority; the discrimination against them is based on caste and descent. Considered “outcaste” and “untouchable,” the burakumin occupied the lowest rung in the traditional Japanese social structure. During the early Edo period, those who worked…

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Noh: The Art of Samurai

Noh theater is a traditional Japanese performance art that has been practiced for centuries. It remains almost unchanged from its beginnings in the 14th century, even today. The masked performers, intense emotions, and slow pacing of Noh make it a unique experience. The roots of Noh lie in dance drama and festival drama performed at…

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Narrative Design: Crafting Quests in Tale of Ronin

In two previous blog posts, we showcased our narrative design tool Rashomon and explained some of its technical capabilities. However, when it comes to Tale of Ronin, our team’s process starts long before the creation of dialogs or graphs. Today, we will guide you through some of the more detailed steps our designers take when…

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From Taboo to Table: Tracing Japan’s Meat Prohibition History

For centuries, Japan upheld a strict taboo against consuming meat, particularly beef, driven by both religious and practical considerations. Guided by Buddhist principles of respect for life and the avoidance of waste, as well as Shinto beliefs surrounding purity related to blood and death, the Japanese largely avoided meat consumption for over 12 centuries. It…

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