Ghost of Tsushima is easily one of 2020’s most exciting new games that’s coming exclusively to PlayStation 4. If you’re as stoked as we are, you’ve come to the right place as we’re going to rundown everything that we know about it so far, including the release date, its systems, and more.
Ghost of Tsushima Release Date
Developer Sucker Punch is yet to release a definitive release date, though we expect it will launch in Summer 2020. That puts it in possible PS5 territory, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it launch across both platforms. It is a very good looking game, after all.
Ghost of Tsushima Details & Information
Here we’ll round up everything that we know so far regarding the gameplay, story, and more with regards to Ghost of Tsushima.
Plot & Setting
Ghost of Tsushima is a complete departure for developer Sucker Punch, whose most recent releases were primarily the Sony-exclusive Infamous franchise. Ghost of Tsushima swaps the superhero setting for Feudal Japan, and tells a story about the invading Mongol hordes. You play as Jin Sakai, a resident of the eponymous Tsushima who isn’t all too pleased about being invaded, so sets off on an adventure to dispense justice.
As we mentioned earlier, Ghost of Tsushima takes place in Feudal Japan – specifically in the year 1274 on the titular island of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima is an action adventure, so expect plenty of katana duels against the Mongol hordes. From what we’ve seen of gameplay so far, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the closest gameplay representation, though we wouldn’t expect Ghost of Tsushima to be quite so brutally difficult. The combat does bear resemblance though, as you’ll spend much of your time sneaking in and out of combat and counterattacking with a series of blocks and parries preceding a volley of hacks and slashes.
Melee combat isn’t all you can rely on though. We’ve seen glimpses of bows, armoured horses, and perhaps even some emergent gameplay in the form of setting fire to everything around you and watching it burn.
Grappling Hook & Stealth
The grappling hook is very reminiscent of Sekiro, as you’ll use it to navigate around the world. It’s great for letting you get the drop on your enemies – often literally, as you can get a serious height advantage.
Stealth does remind us a lot of Splinter Cell though – particularly the later entries in the series like Conviction. It basically steals the system that allows you to tag a bunch of enemies and then kill them in quick succession without worrying about retaliation. Hey, we’re not complaining – it’s a great system.
We also appreciate how open your approach to gameplay can be. You can run headfirst into combat, putting yourself directly in harm’s way, or you can sneak around and find a safer way to dispatch your foes. It’s very reminiscent of the Arkham series.
Open World & Characters
The action takes place in an open world, so expect a side-helping of exploration during your revenge drama. A big part of your time will be spent gathering allies, as you can’t fight off an army all on your own. However, this doesn’t seem to be as easy as walking up to a guy and asking him to fight by your side. Judging from the gameplay we’ve seen so far, potential allies have their own reason for joining you on your journey (aside from the Mongol invasion, that is). During a gameplay segment, we watched Jin recruit an archer and a monk, only for the archer to then turn on the monk, resulting in an epic duel beneath a beautiful red tree. Man, it’s such a good looking game.
There are a bunch of different towns, cities, villages, and more to explore as you look for a helping hand. It’s an absolutely stunning game, which provides all of the inspiration you’ll need to explore the world around you. Tsushima might not be the largest island in the world, but it has an impressive number of biomes, resulting in a world that never gets boring. We’re also blown away by many of the visual effects. Tall grasses blowing in the wind give way to genuinely dense forests that feel as claustrophobic as they are picturesque. The weather effects and add genuine drama too – you’ve never fought in storms quite like those that appear in Ghost of Tsushima.