Ghost of Tsushima was slated for a release on June 26th in its latest trailer. This was a fantastic bit of news, because before then it was looking like the game would be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, instead of a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Now, as reported by Twisted Voxel, the latest issue of OPM (Official PlayStation Magazine) has confirmed that this release date is still true, holding strong against the delays caused to so many other games by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition to this brilliant news about the game’s release date, we’ve also had some other interesting tidbits too, so let’s just go through all of those now.
First and foremost, the game is set on the island of Tsushima, which cements the fact that the location is huge. Prior to this, it wasn’t super clear if Tsushima was a small town or city. It makes more sense that players take on the role of the island’s ghost, rather than a town or city’s ghost, since the name Tsushima wouldn’t have an influence in other far away towns or cities.
Since the game is open world, we can safely assume that we get to explore the entire island, not just a small portion of Japan. We now also know that there won’t be waypoints to point you to certain areas. Open world games can become bloated with these, as the Far Cry franchise did. I love the idea of just exploring at your own pace, with nothing to guide you apart from knowledge gained from others as the story naturally progresses. I can see a lot of people getting lost, but I’d prefer that to being shown everything that I can do all at once.
As you’ve probably figured out, the game’s setting starts with a Mongul invasion. Players will then be fighting this invading army for the rest of the game, pushing back against the forces that want to overtake them. It has also been revealed that you’ll be making choices that relate to side characters in the game’s story. The choices you make will affect wider events, which sounds as though it could change which areas are taken by the Moguls first.
I can barely wait to get my hands on Ghost of Tsushima. I think it’s going to be one of the biggest and best games on the PlayStation 4, coming right at the end of the current generation as a brilliant swan song for a brilliant console.
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