You'll know Sucker Punch for the fact it created the inFamous series, but you're soon going to associate the studio for samurais and Japan thanks to its upcoming IP, Ghost of Tsushima. In a huge contrast to the superhero-like antics of the inFamous series, Ghost of Tsushima is much more of a historical affair as its set in Feudal Japan, meaning neon powers and sucking smoke from chimneys definitely won't be a thing here. It is an open world game though, so expect beautiful vistas and side content galore.
"In inFamous you explore powers," explains Nate Fox, Creative Director. "In this game, we let you explore what it is to be a samurai inside of this enormous landscape of medieval Japan."
Are you excited? We are. So here’s everything we know so far about Sucker Punch’s brand new game, Ghost of Tsushima, and one of the highly anticipated upcoming PS4 games:
- Release date: TBC
- Format: PS4 exclusive
- Developer: Sucker Punch
Ghost of Tsushima is an open world adventure game set in Feudal Japan
Sucker Punch’s new game moves away from the industrial cities of the inFamous series in favour of Feudal Japan. It’s the year 1274, and you’re on the titular island of Tsushima, Japan. And as you can see from the reveal trailer above, it’s rather stunning.
As the trailer moves from rural fields, to cranes preening themselves surrounded by waters brimming with lilies, and to tall forests of bamboo creaking in the wind, there’s something rather serene about this place. But it’s not going to stay serene for long.
You play as one of the last surviving samurai warriors and 1274 just happens to be the year the Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima. So it’s time to get your samurai on and fight to protect your homeland.
"When we hit upon the Mongol invasion of Tsushima of 1274, it all clicked," explains Nate Fox, Game Director at Sucker Punch. "Suddenly you knew who the heroes were, who the villains were, what the stakes were for the world, and you had a video game."
The decision to stay open world, following on from Sucker Punch's success with inFamous, was apparently clear from the start.
"We wanted to stay open world, because we're giving authority and power to the player," says Fox. "We didn't want to want away from that. We think its integral to modern gaming that players are in charge."
The trailer was captured in-engine, but doesn’t show off much gameplay
As you can see from the launch trailer above, it doesn’t give much away about the gameplay content you can expect from Ghost of Tsushima.
“All of what’s shown in our debut trailer was captured in our game engine, that’s the interactive world we’re painstakingly crafting together, that’s the world we’re going to set on fire,” adds Fox. “The artists and engineers here at Sucker Punch have brought this world to life on PlayStation 4, from tall grass blowing in the wind to the call of a far off crane, we want to make it feel real.”
According to Sucker Punch the action will all take place on a "huge island filled with a lot of different places, towns, people".
What we do know about the gameplay is that there’s going to be a lot of samurai action. You’re playing as a samurai who’s tasked with battling overwhelming odds against the incoming Mongol Empire. The leader of the Mongols, who you’ll see and hear in the trailer, is described by Sucker Punch as an “uncomfortably reasonable killer”, which make us incredibly intrigued as to the game’s overarching storyline.
Apparently as the last samurai, you’re going to have to abandon your honourable tactics of old to forge a new way of fighting - literally, the 'Way of the Ghost'. Aaah, that explains that title then.
The trailer shows off just some of the weapons and gameplay features, including katanas, longbows and armoured horses. At the moment, it’s very much all we know about what you’ll be doing in the game, but expect lots of blood, blades, and battling.
There’s no release date yet
Before you get all excited about swinging your shiny new samurai sword, you might want to check the game’s release date. Or lack of one. Sucker Punch hasn’t yet even put a vague year on its shiny new game, let alone any kind of release window.
The studio has this to say on the matter:
“We’re excited to finally be able to talk about the game and look forward to sharing more in the coming months,” says Fox. “Keeping it a secret for so long has been painful. The trailer is the perfect way to share with the world what we’ve been dying to play for so many years—fighting back invaders in feudal Japan, mastering the katana and building your legend as ‘the Ghost’.”
Until then we’ll be updating this page with everything we discover about the game, from gameplay details, new trailers and fresh news.
The world looks utterly stunning
If you were in any doubt that Sucker Punch is gifted at created immersive worlds, full of colour, then you should check out the new concept art it released for Ghost of Tsushima. From the waterlilies to the temples, there's plenty of beauty in Feudal Japan.