Ghost of Tsushima has been a revelation for Sucker Punch. After opening up the console generation with Infamous Second Son, they are now wrapping up with a hugely successful title that is a Game of the Year contender in the books of many, selling out and breaking all sorts of digital sales records. It would only be natural for them to create something with the same setting, or better yet, a sequel, which could actually be a thing if a job listing is any indication.
Sucker Punch just opened up a bunch of positions, with one for a Narrative Writer, proficient in “writing dialogue and text, developing open-world stories, and crafting narrative content in collaboration with other designers.” That, in itself, doesn’t sound too indicative of a sequel, but there’s another line that says “Desire to write stories set in feudal Japan” and a bonus if you have “Knowledge of feudal Japanese history.” That definitely sounds something Ghost of Tsushima-related, sequel or not.
What that could be a long ways to go, and most definitely on the PlayStation 5, Ghost of Tsushima players can enjoy the latest update to the game which brings Legends, a fantastic co-op mode that is free to own for all!
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best games this generation, breaking sales records left and right as well as selling out in Japan. It would only be natural for the game to be compatible with the PlayStation 5, right? Right! Not only will you be able to play the game on your brand new next-gen console, but Ghost of Tsushima will run on 60FPS and support save file transfers to the PS5.
Sucker Punch made the announcement through their social media channels, saying that Ghost of Tsushima will benefit from the PS5 Game Boost, which will allow players to play on 60FPS and experience faster loading times. As if the game didn’t load fast enough already!
The highly acclaimed title from Sucker Punch already offered a great experience on the PS4, so we can only imagine how much better it will be with the new hardware because of Game Boost. Can we expect more exclusives to follow suit?
On October 16, Ghost of Tsushima will have a huge version 1.1 update that will add the ‘Legends’ coop mode and a host of other features. One of them is New Game+, which carries a new item called the Charm of Canine Recruitment that will let you pet enemy dogs. Yep, Ghost of Tsushima will let you pet the dogs and recruit them to fight alongside you. Boop the snoot, if you will.
This detail was revealed by Sucker Punch via Twitter, which also shows that you can also pet the spirit dogs in the Legends coop mode.
You can only pet the Foxes prior to this, so the game is technically 100% better now. Surely Ghost of Tsushima: Doggos will game of the year now?
As announced on the PlayStation Blog, the version 1.1 update for Ghost of Tsushima will release on October 16 and will bring with it the Legends co-op multiplayer mode along with a host of new improvements like the addition of gear loadouts, new dyes and charms, as well as the much requested new game +.
Best of all? This is a FREE update!
You can view the update trailer below:
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends will feature two-player story missions and four-player survival missions, including a raid that will follow a few weeks after launch, all of which will require an active PS Plus Subscription.
There will be a new NPC by the name of Gyozen the Storyteller, who will give you access to the new game mode, which will alternatively be accessible from the title or pause menu as well.
There are 4 classes in Legends, each with their own advantages and style of play. You’ll unlock a class on your first game, and will unlock others as you rank up. You’ll also be able to obtain and equip class specific charms and weapons.
The Samurai class specializes in sword combat, utilizing his weapon and staying in the thick of the fight. The Hunter specializes in distance combat, staying on the edge of the battlefield while sniping the enemies. Ronins act as the support of the team, able to revive teammates when the going gets rough, even being able to summon a Spirit dog which you can pet. Assassins are specialists in heavy damage, being able to teleport across the field to strike the enemies.
There are 3 different types of missions in Legends. Story missions can be taken on by two players and will tell of the stories of Gyozen. Survival missions will have you for a team of 4 players to repel waves of enemies all while defending different locations. Raids will be the pinnacle missions of Legends, and will be a three-part adventure that only a full team can conquer.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends will also have new trophies for all of you trophy hunters out there and will be a separate list that will not be part of the platinum trophy of the base game.
Version 1.1 will also include the following updates:
New Game + will increase the difficulty but will also let you keep all of your techniques, gear, and vanity items from your previous playthrough.
New Game + Trophies that will be a separate list that will not be part of the platinum trophy of the base game.
New Game + Horse with a new saddle
New charms and additional upgrades for your Sword, Bow, and Armor
Ghost Flower Merchant which allows the player to earn Ghost Flowers (only in New Game +) and obtain new armor dyes and vanity gear, as well as powerful new charms that will give you more ways to beat your opponents. Take a peek at the new gear below!
Ghost of Tsushima version 1.1 update will go live on October 16 and is a free update for Ghost of Tsushima owners.
Ghost of Tsushima has been a big hit both for Sucker Punch and for Sony. It has broken many records and just last July, it added another notch to its belt by selling 1.9 digital copies, making it the fastest selling new PlayStation IP in digital.
In comparison, critically acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn took two months to sell the same amount of copies.
Because of this, Ghost of Tsushima went on to become the highest grossing digital title in July, followed by powerhouses Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, FIFA 20, NBA 2K20, and Grand Theft Auto V, with The Last of Us Part II making an appearance as well alongside the recently released Paper Mario: The Origami King.
Ghost of Tsushima takes players on the fantastic journey of Jin Sakai that is told through tales as he liberates the Island. Fans of the series have been clamoring for a new game plus so they can continue Jin’s journey across Tsushima. Sucker Punch has heads these pleas, but have introduced a far more interesting proposition for players who want more out of the game.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is a separate mode that focuses on four warriors, Legends, as told by the people of Tsushima. Legends takes place in a fantastical world where the setting will be inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology.
Legends is a co-op game more where you team up via online matchmaking to play as a group of 2-4 players, with each choosing one of four classes such as the Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, or Assassin, with each having skills and abilities that are unique to that class.
2 players will allow you to go on a series of story missions that will require coordination with your teammate while the 4 player mode will see you tackle wave-based survival missions that will even throw new “Oni” enemies with supernatural powers.
There will also be a 4 player raid challenge that will follow soon after the launch of Legends for you to take on the toughest challenges that the game will give you.
More importantly, this co-op multiplayer mode is free for owners of Ghost of Tsushima, and more details shall be given as we get closer to launch, which includes more details on the classes and character customization.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is a free update for Ghost of Tsushima players and it is scheduled later this year. A PS Plus subscription will be required for online multiplayer.
What is mind-blowing, on the other hand, is the user score.
Sitting at a score of 9.3 over a whopping 15,203 ratings as of this writing, Forbes did the math and has gone on to say that the game is actually the highest rated game of the console generation, with a few caveats of course.
The clincher is that while 9.3 isn’t as impressive as other games with a possibly higher score, it is the amount of user reviews considered as a whole that makes this so astounding. In comparison, The Witcher 3 for the PlayStation for as a 9.2 user score over 15,337 ratings, so it is about right to say that Ghost of Tsushima is loved by many. Games that have scored higher, according to Forbes, don’t even have a user score review count close to 5,000 or 10,000, so getting a 9.3 over 15,000 reviews is quite the feat.
Does this mean that it is the game of the generation? Far from it. Others would argue their favorite titles, and there are quite a lot to choose from, but what cannot be argued is the general appeal that Ghost of Tsushima had with a lot of players.
Sony ending the generation with this Sucker Punch exclusive is one of the factors that the PlayStation is approaching the next generation at full speed, and with other exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales headlining the PS5, we can only expect good things to come as the year, and the console generation, draws to a close.
As announced by the PlayStation Twitter Account, Ghost of Tsushima players over the first 10 days of the game have logged some very impressive stats and unsurprisingly, they’ve made massive use of the very impressive photo mode of the game, all while petting a LOT of foxes along the way.
Check out some of the crazy stats below:
These are some insane numbers, considering only the first 10 days of the game. A huge number of people definitely loved the Standoff feature that Sucker Punch has introduced to the game, and with its robust photo mode that is recognized as one of the best photo mode implementations out there, everyone has been taking stunning captures of their efforts to rid the island of Mongol Rule.
While interesting, we’d also like to see numbers on how many times we died to airborne arrow barrages or even how many times we’ve sacrificed our horse to get to the next platform.
Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
The game has even captured the attention of one Toshihiro Nagoshi, who has praised the game so highly. Toshihiro who? Oh, just the Chief Creative Officer for Sega and General Director for the Yakuza series.
In a recent SegaNama program, Nagoshi was asked about what he felt about Ghost of Tsushima and had nothing but good words for the PlayStation exclusive. The discussion about the game starts at around the 57:50 mark but you can watch the whole stream HERE.
“We definitely lost to them. I think it’s a game that definitely should have been made by Japanese people, but I heard they did a monstrous job collecting data and everything. There’s also the Kurosawa Mode, showing how they tried to pursue an artistic movie feel with the game overall. It’s the kind of work made by non-Japanese people that makes you feel they’re even more Japanese than us. I think it’s amazing. We often believe Western people would never get certain Japanese things, but the game shows this way of thinking is wrong in the first place.”
Of course Nagoshi was referring to the great lengths that Sucker Punch had to go through to be extra accurate. In our interview with Jason Connell, Art and Creative Director of Ghost of Tsushima, he talked about hiring consultants and historians to help them understand at a cultural level, even understanding mannerisms from Feudal Japan.
Nagoshi also talked about how the game has employed some technical innovations, “like how it uses shadows really well. I’m sure they worked tremendously hard on all these things too, and it fits the story. It’s amazing. It became the fastest selling new PlayStation IP too. I knew it would sell a lot. But I was wondering whether it’d sell that much or not. Because similar looking games recently released like Sekiro, and some could think they don’t need Ghost of Tsushima anymore.”
Apart from the technical aspects of the game, the Sega bigwig also heaped praises upon the motion capture work done for the game, saying that a lot of time and effort was put into it and is something that they always aim for, but is very time consuming. In fact, Sumalee Montano, who portrays Yuna in the game, shared some behind the scenes of the motion capture work done for the game, showing the amount of preparation needed for such endeavors.
We called Ghost of Tsushima a tremendous open-world cinematic experience in our review, and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a fantastic Samurai experience. The game is now available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Finished Ghost of Tsushima yet? Found it a bit too ‘easy’ for your taste? Well Patch 1.05 for the game has gone live and with it, some welcome updates that players of the game will appreciate, especially for those who feel that the Mongols didn’t provide much of a challenge.
The latest update, a nearly 3GB download, will add a ‘Lethal’ difficulty in the game, a ‘Lower Intensity Combat’ option, text changes, and bug fixes.
As can be seen on the Sucker Punch site, you can check out the full patch notes below:
New difficulty level: Lethal
Enemy weapons are more deadly, but Jin’s katana is also more deadly
Enemies are more aggressive in combat
Enemies detect you faster
Tighter Parry and Dodge windows
Patch 1.05 will also include the following new options in the accessibility menu:
Lower Intensity Combat
Lower intensity mode is meant to maintain the heart and feel of Ghost of Tsushima combat while relaxing several timing-specific elements. Combat is less intense, giving you more time to react. Stealth settings are more forgiving, and enemies take longer to detect you.
Most enemy attacks which are normally unblockable become blockable when Lower Intensity is enabled. Blocking with L1 will keep you safe from more attacks than standard combat, though some attacks must still be dodged.
Enemies break off their attack combos after damaging you, giving you a chance to recover before the next wave of attacks. In addition, your heavy attacks will interrupt attacks from Brutes, giving you another way to stop their combos.
Enemies will not attack you while you’re using Resolve to heal
Enemy awareness builds more slowly, giving you more time to recover after being spotted
Large Text option: Increases text size of subtitles, mission objectives and interact prompts by 150% when enabled
Added option to turn speaker name off when subtitles are enabled
New subtitle text color options in addition to white: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green
Ghost of Tsushima is a hit. Japan loved it, and turns out the whole world did as well.
PlayStation has announced that Ghost of Tsushima is the ‘fastest selling first-party original IP debut’, with 2.4 million units sold over its first 3 days.
That is certainly not an easy feat, especially for a new IP. In comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn, which has become one of the best games of this console generation, sold over 2.6 million units over its first 2 weeks.
The PlayStation 4 has been home to spectacular exclusives this generation – The Last of Us Part II, Days Gone, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War… The list goes on. Ghost of Tsushima now officially joins the list.
Ghost of Tsushima, the labor of love from Sucker Punch, has critics and players raving about how beautiful the game is, and we would definitely agree in our review. Not only did Sucker Punch do justice to the cultural representation of Japan, part of what made it so believable and amazing was the hard work and dedication of each individual who made the game a reality.
Yuna, in particular, is portrayed by Sumalee Montano, a veteran talent with appearances in Star Trek: Picard and This is Us, as well as voice credits for games such as Hawthorne from Destiny 2, Lahni Kaliso from Gears 5, Mari Kosan from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and much much more. Quite an impressive resume and definitely a perfect fit for one of the main characters in Ghost of Tsushima.
But did you know that Sumalee is a Filipina as well? Sumalee is of Filipino and Thai descent, born and raised in the United States. She is also a graduate from Harvard and a US Fulbright Scholar, adding to her already impressive list of achievements.
Sumalee shares a post on her Facebook page about the moment that she can finally tell people that she was indeed Yuna from the game. As a Filipino phrase would say, “You-na!” or “Ikaw na!”, definitely fit for her character’s name!
Sumalee goes on to praise all of the talented actors that she worked with for the project, stating the fact that the cast was filled with Asian and Asian-American actors who all did amazing work. Props also goes out to Sucker Punch, who worked hard to make an accurate cultural representation of Japan, which the Japanese themselves have praised.
Here are more behind the scenes from Sumalee’s Twitter Account, where she documents parts of her journey while working on Ghost of Tsushima.
It great to see Filipinos break into the industry and produce amazing things. Secret 6 is an example that indeed we have talent that can stand at par with the rest of the world, and Sumalee Montano is also proof that with hard work and dedication, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
Ghost of Tsushima is now available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
Apparently, Japan LOVES Ghost of Tsushima so much that is has gone on to sell so well, leaving some stores without any stock of the latest offering from Sucker Punch.
PlayStation Japan took to Twitter to announce that users who may find it hard to get themselves a physical copy can purchase the digital version of the game on the PlayStation Store since it has exceeded sales expectations, but also assured that additional units are on its way.
There are no official figures yet as to how many units Ghost of Tsushima has sold so far but if this is any indication, then Sucker Punch have truly outdone themselves and have produced and developed a game that is worthy to close out the current generation.
Ghost of Tsushima is out, and with it, a Collectors Edition that is worthy of a Samurai, even though it costs quite a bit for what you get.
The set, available locally only if you had pre-ordered, costs PHP10,595, which is super pricey compared to its going retail price of $169.99, or around PHP8,500. It is quite heavy for a relatively small box, so that could have bumped up shipping prices a bit. Oh, and taxes also.
In any case, we’re here for the pics, so let’s get to it!
Ghost of Tsushima is finally released to the public and if you haven’t yet, you can read our review here, where we praised the game for the cinematic experience it brings to a tried and tested open world formula.
Over the course of your travels, you will find a lot of what the game calls “Vanity” items, where you can dress up Jin Sakai with various items that will change the way he looks, down to the weapon skins and colors. Apart from the various armor pieces you will find in the game which gives you certain bonuses, you’ll find a wide variety of headgear to adorn yourself with, from masks to straw hats to headbands.
This post contains mild spoilers for items that you’ll find much later in the game.
One of the head bands you’ll find later in the game is called “Band of the Second Son” and it is one that kind of looks like the bonnet from inFAMOUS 2, obviously a reference to Delsin Rowe, the main protagonist of the PlayStation 4 game from 2014. The description of the item reads as “The colors of a warrior from a distant time and place.”
Obviously we won’t tell you where to get it as finding it is part of the experience!
One other reference would be for the other Sucker Punch property, Sly Cooper. Interestingly enough, there is a trophy in the game called “Cooper Clan Cosplayer” which is described as “Dress up as a legendary thief”, obviously referring our furry friend.
You’ll be able to find a headband called “Crooked Kama Headband” which highlights a yellow sickle and a custom sword skin called “Sly Tanuki” which covers your sheath with black and white striped fur. Both items, when paired with an armor piece of the same color scheme, will net you the trophy. Pretty neat, huh?
There are a lot of vanity items in the game and you can choose to dress up Jin Sakai in whichever way you want as you travel across the land.
How would you choose to dress up Jin Sakai as? Let us know!