Back in 2018, Tom's Guide covered a PS4 game called Ghost of Tsushima for the first time. We saw our first substantive demo of the title at Sony's E3 press conference, and we were immediately intrigued. Ghost of Tsushima is an action/stealth game that takes place during the Mongol Invasion of Japan in 1274, and casts players as Jin Sakai: a samurai fighting to defend his homeland.
The game looked promising, so we waited for further updates. And waited. And waited. For a while, Sony said almost nothing about Ghost of Tsushima, save that it was still in production. But then, we got a new trailer in December 2019, and information about the release date in March 2020.
We've already learned a lot about the game, including its style of gameplay and when it's coming out. Here's what we know about Sucker Punch's ambitious action game.
Ghost of Tsushima trailer
As a first-party Sony title with a long development history, there are a lot of trailers available for Ghost of Tsushima. You can watch all of them on the official Ghost of Tsushima website. The most recent one, however, is an extended look at the gameplay from a Sony State of Play video:
The game pits a samurai named Jin against Mongols in medieval Japan. It looks like there'll be drama, intrigue, questions of honor and everything else you'd expect from a samurai adventure.
I'd also recommend the story trailer, as it gives you a better idea of the context surrounding the narrative, as well as the types of characters you'll meet.
Ghost of Tsushima release date
Initially, Sony revealed the Ghosts of Tsushima release date in a blog post alongside a story trailer: June 26, 2020.
However, the game was pushed back to July 17, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That's a Friday, for those keeping track. There shouldn't be any more delays, since the game looks pretty close to completion, but Sony may hold off if it anticipates any difficulties in shipping physical copies of the game.
Ghost of Tsushima pre-orders
If you want to play Ghost of Tsushima as soon as it releases, you may want to pre-order the game. You can do so on the PlayStation Store if you want a digital copy, or at your preferred retailer for a physical one. (Check the bottom of this page for a widget that will compare prices at various outlets.) It costs $60.
If you pre-order the game, Sony promises that you'll receive a Jin avatar for your PlayStation, a digital mini-soundtrack and a PS4 theme based on the gam's box art.
Of course, for those who don't object to spending a little more money, there are two additional versions available: the Ghost of Tsushima Digital Deluxe Edition, and the Ghost of Tsushima Special Edition. The former includes extra digital goods, while the latter includes extra physical doodads.
The Ghost of Tsushima Digital Deluxe Edition costs $70, and includes a copy of the game, as well as the extra pre-order goods. In addition, the Digital Deluxe Edition includes a bunch of in-game items: an extra technique point, a charm, a set of character skins, a digital artbook, a director's commentary and an additional PS4 theme.
For those who prefer physical extras, the Ghost of Tsushima Special Edition is the way to go. It also costs $70, and includes the most of the same digital perks as the Digital Deluxe Edition. However, it also includes a steelbook case for the physical game. There's not a ton of difference between the Digital Deluxe and Special Editions of the game; it boils down to whether you prefer downloads or discs.
There is, of course, one other option, if you don't mind shelling out $160: the Ghost of Tsushima Collector's Edition. This includes all of the perks described above, plus a cloth map of Tsushima, a sashimono (war banner) and furoshiki (wrapping cloth), and a physical art book rather than a digital one. However, the pièce de résistance is a large resin samurai mask.
My general advice is to never pre-order games, as you generally won't know whether a game is any good until some of the reviews start hitting. But if you're willing to roll the dice, some of the extras sound worthwhile.
Ghost of Tsushima gameplay
As stated above, Ghost of Tsushima is an action/stealth game with a fair amount of gameplay variety. Katana combat is at the core of the game, and Jin will be able to learn new abilities as he advances in the story. Jin will also be able to sneak through battlefields in situations where open combat might be disadvantageous.
The Gameplay Debut trailer is a good resource, if you want to see how all of this looks in practice:
We also know something about the gameplay loop, thanks to the State of Play video. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action/stealth game, more or less along the same lines as some of the recent Assassin's Creed entries. Jin will explore a lush Japanese island, searching for secrets, hidden treasures, and side adventures as he goes.
When it comes to combat, Jin has two options. He can either face off against enemies in a traditional samurai style, where one-on-one duels are common, and conserving actions for maximum impact is the rule. Alternatively, he can sneak around enemy bases, assassinating foes one at a time as the "Ghost," although this is considered dishonorable by samurai standards.
Exploration, combat and stealth seem to be the main pillars of gameplay, and players will no doubt have to master all three before the end of the adventure.