Dave Molloy, Cinematic Creative Director at Sucker Punch, has a LinkedIn page on which he stated he was “presently working on the Ghost of Tsushima game for Sony PS5”. That wording has now been removed in the last ten hours and the post now has rather more generic “Presently working on the Ghost of Tsushima game for Sony PlayStation”.
A couple of things to consider, firstly Ghost of Tsushima already has a buttery smooth 60fps mode if you play the PlayStation 4 version of the game on PlayStation 5 but perhaps Sucker Punch are going to release a new patch which adds ray tracing, DualSense haptics, or some other PlayStation 5 specific feature. The Cinematic Director would probably be involved if they were tarting up the graphics, not so much if it’s haptic feedback.
Sony could be working on a complete new build of the game for PlayStation 5, or perhaps this is one of the first signs we’ve seen on a sequel. Unfortunately there is no way to tell when Dave edited his profile, the PS5 mention could have been there for months and no one spotted it until now, but given the huge success of the game a sequel is almost certainly on the way.
Earlier this month there was some fantastic news for the small Japanese island the game is set on as fans helping to raise more than $260,000 to rebuild a sacred Tsushima shrine.
The island’s scenic Watatsumi Shrine was heavily damaged during a typhoon last year. In response, priest Yuichi Hirayama took to Japanese online crowdfunding platform Campire for support last November, the campaign finishing at 27,103,882JPY, 540% more than its original goal. The work to repair Watatsumi Shrine is due to start in April and finish sometime in August.
Here’s what Hirayama had to say about the campaign and the involvement of Ghost of Tsushima players (via VGC):
We have received a great deal of support from the players of the Ghost of Tsushima game set in Tsushima, and I feel that it is God’s guidance.
Although a work of fiction, Ghost of Tsushima is based on real-world history with the Mongol invasion of Japan around 1268AD. If you want to learn more, we did a deep dive last year as part of our “Playing With History” series.
Looking at photos of Watatsumi Shrine, you’d swear they were punched up screenshots taken from Ghost of Tsushima. However the shrine – located in the central region of Tsushima island – doesn’t appear in-game though you can find several landmarks, as outlined in this tourism guide.
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