Rumours were flying around since January surrounding a new title in the works at Sucker Punch’s offices. Many predicted it to be a new entry in one of their franchises, mainly InFamous or Sly Cooper series. However, the studio surprised us all with a new IP, based in feudal Japan.
Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth action title, where players are put in the shoes of a samurai during feudal Japan. Sucker Punch Creative Director Jason Connell provided a brief back story on the game’s title, since Sucker Punch intends to focus specifically at the period when the Mongol Army invaded the island of Tsushima.
“Ghost of Tsushima is an action, stealth adventure game where you play as a samurai in feudal Japan. We’re taking inspiration from the actual historical point in time where the Mongol Army invaded the island of Tsushima.
Player choice will mean something very different than games we’ve made in the past. We really want you to have that choice of, ‘Hey, that cool bamboo forest over there, I really want to check it out.’ There’s no waypoint. There’s nothing that says, ‘Go here and look at this forest,’ we’re just, hopefully, presenting something that’s beautiful and exotic, and that’s your adventure choice. Where do I want to go?
We’ve been working on this game for three-and-a-half years, and it’s exciting to be at a spot where we’re finally able to share with the world what we’ve been working on.”
Here is a brief description of Ghost of Tsushima’s setting and characters, directly from Sony.
The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan — until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honorable tactics won’t lead you to victory. You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting — the way of the Ghost — as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.
As of the time of writing, Ghost of Tsushima still doesn’t have a release date, but it is a confirmed PS4 exclusive. Make sure to check out the announcement trailer below.