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Rise of the Ronin won’t be released in Korea due to game director’s comments

Team Ninja’s ambitious new project, Rise of the Ronin, will not be released in South Korea. This was recently reported by several Korean media outlets after the game disappeared from the PlayStation Store in Korea and all promotional material except the trailer was removed from the Korean PlayStation YouTube channel.

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According to the Korean website Ruliweb, Sony Interactive Entertainment Korea has confirmed that it is canceling the physical and digital release of Rise of the Ronin in Korea.

Sony did not give a reason for the cancellation, but presumably, it is due to comments made by game director Fumuhiko Yasuda in a video about the creation of Rise of the Ronin. In the video, Yasuda visits the city of Hagi and the Shoka Sonjuku school, founded by the scholar Yoshida Shoin, who influenced many of the leaders of the Meiji Restoration, which returned imperial rule to Japan.

Yasuda compared Shoin to Socrates and expressed his desire to “show his teachings and life” in Rise of the Ronin. According to him, Shoin “insisted on the importance of action, not just philosophy.”

Shoin’s students played a key role in the subsequent Meiji years in Japan’s military expansion and victory in the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War.

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In Korea, Shoin is considered a rather controversial figure, as his ideas influenced the debate about the conquest of Korea in the Meiji government. Although the invasion was abandoned in 1873, Korea was occupied by Japan from 1910 to 1945.

The inclusion of Shoin and his student Katsura in Rise of the Ronin drew criticism from Korean audiences, which was apparently the reason for the release’s cancellation.

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