Everything you need to know about Ghost of Tsushima

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The sprawling, open world samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima was announced back in 2017 at Paris Games Week, and since then we’ve had a tantalising sneak peek of the gameplay at E3 2018 and not much else since.

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The sprawling, open world samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima was announced back in 2017 at Paris Games Week, and since then we’ve had a tantalising sneak peek of the gameplay at E3 2018 and not much else since.

But because we can’t wait for the game to arrive, we’ve trawled through our notes and put together a handy guide containing everything we currently know about the game, from its expected release window to the name of the main character’s sword.

Read on to find out everything we know so far about Ghost of Tsushima.

Ghost of Tsushima release date

While no concrete release date has been announced just yet, Sony have reiterated that Ghost of Tsushima will be playable on PS4. And with the PS5 due out by the end of 2020, it’s possible that the game may end up making its way to both consoles. Either way, it’s likely that we’ll hear more news about a release date soon.

Ghost of Tsushima story and setting

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Drawing inspiration from samurai cinema and real-life Japanese history, Ghost of Tsushima takes place in 1274, during the first Mongol invasion of Japan which began, aptly enough, on the island of Tsushima. The invasion leaves the island a war-torn mess, with most of its samurai defenders dead and the islanders living in fear of their conquerors.

You’ll play as a surviving samurai named Jin Sakai, who teams up with at least one other samurai ally to fight the invaders and protect the island.

Ghost of Tsushima characters

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We know that main character Jin Sakai is one of the last survivors of his clan, a noble samurai family. He’s a talented swordsman in his own right, but against the Mongol invaders that’s not enough. Faced with insurmountable odds, he is forced to turn to a mysterious new fighting style called the way of The Ghost in order to survive.

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Fortunately, he’s not entirely on his own. While most of Tsushima’s samurai were killed in the invasion, the gameplay trailer introduced fellow survivor Masako, a formidable archer who teams up with Jin to protect their homeland. However, they don’t always agree – at some point in the story, Jin and Masako will clash over whether a particular monk should be allowed to live after betraying Masako’s family, something which drives them into a tense duel.

Ghost of Tsushima trailer

We got our first in-depth look at Ghost of Tsushima’s gorgeous environments and thrill-filled duels in the E3 2018 gameplay trailer, and it’s left us desperate to see more. You can check it out right here.

Ghost of Tsushima gameplay

Everything in the above gameplay trailer was captured in-engine, so it should give you a pretty good idea of just how stunning the game’s open world is expected to look. While the in-game island isn’t exactly to scale, its overall shape is accurate and the development team spent a long time researching the tiniest of details (and we’re talking really tiny, like the precise colour of moss and the rustling sounds of a traditional straw raincoat) to make it feel as true to life as possible. You’ll find shadowy bamboo groves, blood-soaked battlefields, and dilapidated temples and shrines hidden in the depths of the forest. Try not to get distracted by how pretty it all is, though – enemies could be hiding anywhere.

The dev team have said that there are no waypoints to order you around from place to place, so it’ll be up to you to decide where you and your horse are headed next. Maybe you spotted the pagoda roof of a distant temple, or you saw something suspicious in the tall grass – it’s entirely your choice which one to check out first. Presumably the NPCs will give you directions now and again, though.

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Of course, no samurai would be complete without a sword, and according to an Engadget interview with the developers, Jin’s sword is a family heirloom called the Sakai Storm, the hilt of which is decorated with tiny lightning bolt designs. Just like in any good samurai movie, you’ll be drawn into intense duels, and the fighting style you adopt will change according to how many enemies you’re fighting at once.

But if you prefer to take down your enemies quietly, then stealth is an option too. The gameplay showed off Jin’s ability to grapple to the top of a pagoda, perform an aerial kill that could put Ezio Auditore to shame, and even stab an enemy through a shoji paper screen.

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What else do I need to know?

Keep checking back with us as more news is revealed. In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of Ghost of Tsushima right now at GAME.

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