Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut has been confirmed, a new and enhanced release of Sucker Punch’s samurai epic coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on 20th August. The game will be natively enhanced for the PS5, but not only that, it will have a major new story expansion as well, continuing Jin’s story on Iki Island.
However, note that this is not a free upgrade. The current release of Ghost of Tsushima has already been enhanced for PS5, and the Director’s Cut is being sold as an upgrade with new story content. We detail the upgrade costs below.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will bring a number of enhancements for the PlayStation 5. The PS5 will now render cinematics in real time, meaning that cutscenes across both Ghost of Tsushima and on Iki Island can feature lip syncing for Japanese voice over. Additionally, all content in the Director’s Cut will be enhanced to take advantage of the DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, there will be 3D audio enhancements on PS5, improved loading time, 4K resolution options and a frame rate target of 60FPS.
For the new content, Jin will be heading to Iki Island – previously rumoured to be a spin off called Ghost of Ikishima. Here’s what Sucker Punch has to say about the new storyline:
If you’re a history buff, you may know that in addition to Tsushima, the neighboring island of Iki was also invaded during this time period. Today we’re excited to reveal that a whole new chapter in Jin’s journey is coming and will take place on Iki. In this new story, Jin travels to the island to investigate rumors of a Mongol presence. But soon, he finds himself caught up in events with deeply personal stakes that will force him to relive some traumatic moments from his past.
We’ll have more to share about the story of Iki soon, but today we can confirm that beyond a whole new story and new characters, this new island also features tons of new content including brand new environments to explore, new armor for Jin as well as his horse, new mini-games, new techniques, new enemy types, and much more. There are even new animals to pet!
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut be out on August 20 for $69.99 USD on PS5 and $59.99 USD on PS4. If you own Ghost of Tsushima on PS4, you can upgrade to the Director’s Cut on PS4 fo $19.99. Those who own the Director’s Cut on PS4 can then upgrade to PS5 for $9.99. Alternatively, you can upgrade directly to the Director’s Cut on PS5 for $29.99.
The base game won’t be left out in the cold entirely, though. Sucker Punch will update it with some new photo modes, accessibility options and target lock-on in combat. You’ll also be able to hide your quiver in combat. Oh, and there’s new content for the Ghost of Tsushima: Legends online mode.
Much of this was leaked over the last few weeks and months. In January Dave Molloy, Cinematic Creative Director at Sucker Punch, stated on his LinkedIn page that 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”. The game has been a major success for Sucker Punch, and by November last the year the game had sold over five million copies to hold the record for Sony’s fastest selling debut IP. In March, a Ghost of Tsushima movie was confirmed with John Wick director Chad Stahelski taking the helm.
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.
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