The next year of gaming is looking a bit spicy and we aren’t even talking about the new, next-gen consoles: the PlayStation 5 from Sony, and the Xbox Series X from Microsoft. Triple-A titles are coming at us thick and fast, whether you can afford them or not, so it’s time to limber up those fingers and prepare for all these shiny new games that will be hitting our consoles.
One of the most interesting new games to be releasing (at some point in 2020) is the dazzlingly beautiful Ghost of Tsushima, a new IP exclusive to Sony (sorry Xbox fans).
Developers Sucker Punch have moved away from the Infamous series –a ridiculously fun set of superhero games that quickly get forgotten in the long life of the PlayStation 3 and 4 – and settled on feudal Japan as their next game location, which is a hard left turn from neon super-cities and super-powers to turn into a more serious adventure.
And before you start with, “But we just got a samurai adventure with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and it won’t be as good as that!”, Ghost of Tsushima is a drastically different game, both in terms of the gameplay and style – plus, we’ll always be happy getting stuck into a sick, new slasher.
Not much info has been released other than a few trailers so far and hints of a PS5 upgrade, so check out everything we know so far about Ghost of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima Release Date: When can I play it?
The unfortunate news we have is that there’s no solid release date for this game. We know we’re getting close with the recent gameplay trailers dropping, but it’s hard to figure out when Sony will let us buy the damned thing.
We know that you can buy Ghost of Tsushima on PS4 – you can pre-order it for the current-gen console on Amazon right now – but it seems impossible that Sony hasn’t also built a version to be played on the PlayStation 5, which is set to release some time near Christmas 2020.
If that’s the case, we might see a release for PS4 some time in the summer, and then an upgraded release for the PS5 once it’s in stores.
Ghost of Tsushima Trailers: What does it look like?
Honestly? Drop-dead gorgeous. This is a stunning looking game and definitely shows off the potential of next-gen consoles. Picture an epic stand-off between too noble samurai, facing off in a windswept, blood-splattered wheat field: just divine.
A lot of this game looks like you’ll be sneaking into towns and enemy camps, clearing out the soldiers in a selection of gruesome ways, and then battling out an epic boss, which is what we are all here for right?
Ghost of Tsushima Plot: What is it about?
Time to put on your history hats, gamers, Ghost of Tsushima will be sending us back to 13th century Japan during the feudal wars of ninjas, samurai and shinobi warriors.
The exact time frame is 1274, just as the Mongol horde invades the island of Tsushima where our hero, Jin Sakai, sets out to resist. You are the last remaining samurai that stands in the way of the Mongol wave, and it looks like the odds are stacked against you significantly.
You’ll be able to explore the entire island of Tsushima in your quest to repel the invaders, with a massive open world full of ranging mountains, oceans of farmland and intimidating castles.
You must combine stealth, cunning, and blade-sharp skills to defeat your enemies, and we’d expect it to play relatively similar to last year’s Sekiro, but without the Dark Souls-esque gameplay, or maybe like the smash-hit Nioh series.
Apparently you’ll be developing the fighting technique “The Way of the Ghost” which sounds pretty bad-ass but we have no idea what it is. If we had to hazard a guess it’s probably a skill tree that has different moves and abilities for you to slice down your enemies like the true samurai you are.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Ghost of Tsushima, keep this page tabbed, as we’ll be updating it with all the latest news and info as we get it.
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