How to preload Rise of the Ronin – download size and preload date

How to preload Rise of the Ronin – download size and preload date
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For those of you who are excited about it, you might want to know about the Rise of the Ronin preload. Rise of the Ronin is Team Ninja’s next game from the studio behind Wo Long and Nioh. Unlike its predecessors, Rise of the Ronin is open world and it takes place in Japan during the 1800s.

The good news is that you can preload Rise of the Ronin, but you will have to wait until a certain date and time to do so. Preloading the game lets you play it as soon as it’s available on launch day. Now, let’s look at when the preload date for Rise of the Ronin, how to preload it, and the download size we can expect.

Rise of the Ronin - aiming a gun at an enemy.
Image courtesy of SIE/Team Ninja

Rise of the Ronin preload date

As per information on the PSN, you can begin the preload for Rise of the Ronin as of March 19, 2024. At the moment, there is no confirmed time for when you can start the preload.

Preloading Rise of the Ronin is only available for those who pre-order a digital version of the game. Once you pre-order it, your console will automatically begin downloading the game files on the designated preload date.

It should be noted that preloading the game won’t let you play it early. This doesn’t act as early access, and the reason for preloading a game is to save time downloading it on the launch day. This has been typical for a bunch of games, usually letting you preload the files three days before release.

How to preload Rise of the Ronin

As mentioned, preloading can only be done when you pre-order the game. Once you have done this, you will then have to wait until March 19. On the date the preload becomes available, your PS5 can automatically begin the preload so long as you have this setting enabled.

Here are the steps you need to take to preload Rise of the Ronin:

  • Pre-order the normal or digital deluxe edition of Rise of the Ronin through the PSN.
  • Once bought, find the age in your Game Library.
  • Once you’ve found the game, select it and it will take you to the game page on the PSN. Press the ‘Download’ button to begin preloading the game. This can only be done after the preload is available.
  • After you’ve preloaded the game, there will be a countdown timer ticking away until the official release date.
  • Launch the game on March 22 at midnight and it will boot up immediately.

As ever, you will have to wait until the launch day to play Rise of the Ronin, since there is no early access period.

Rise of the Ronin download size

Per the information from the PSN listing for Rise of the Ronin, we can see the download size is a massive 96.343 GB. If your internet connection isn’t the best, then preloading the game over the course of three days will help mitigate this huge download significantly.

That’s all there is to know about how to preload Rise of the Ronin. For more, read our guides covering the difficulty options in Rise of the Ronin. Make sure you also read our preview piece from a limited section of the game.

Rise of the Ronin preload FAQs

What time can you preload Rise of the Ronin?

There is no set time. Preload will go live on March 19, which is three days before the official release.

Is Rise of the Ronin a PS5 exclusive?

Yes, Rise of the Ronin is a PS5 exclusive made by Team Ninja and published by Sony.