Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch’s New Project, Revealed at Paris Games Week

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Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch’s New Project, Revealed at Paris Games Week

Here are the first long-awaited details on what Sucker Punch has been up to: a sprawling, open-world samurai game set in feudal Japan.

Is there a game that you always wished someone would make, but they never did? Well, that’s what we’ve been doing here at Sucker Punch for the last few years—building the game we’ve wanted for so long to be able to play.

It’s called Ghost of Tsushima.

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Seriously, how come no one has made a sprawling samurai open-world game yet? Feudal Japan is beautiful; from the swaying bamboo forests to the ornate castles, it’s a place that demands to be explored.  Don’t you want to wear a suit of samurai armor? Wouldn’t you like to fire a six-foot-tall samurai long bow?  Want to journey across a lush countryside with a katana on your hip?  For me, the answer is clearly “yes, yes please.”

I’ve been a fan of samurai comics since 5th grade, from Lone Wolf and Cub to Usagi Yojimbo. The types of characters, landscapes, betrayal, and sacrifice in those stories are a rich vein ready to be translated into a videogame. 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.  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.

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In 1274, the Mongol army invaded Japan, their first stop: Tsushima Island.  In Ghost of Tsushima, you play as a battered samurai, fighting back against overwhelming odds.  In the trailer, you see the leader of the Mongols, a guy I would describe as an “uncomfortably reasonable killer” trying to intimidate our hero.  It’s all there, right in that little scene.  The power and confidence of the Mongol Empire coming face to face with pure, lethal, samurai determination.
We’re excited to finally be able to talk about the game and look forward to sharing more in the coming months. 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.”

-Nate Fox

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(Side thing. If you’re trying to figure out which actors are in the trailer; Jin, our hero, is Daisuke Tsuji and the Khan is played by Patrick Gallagher. These guys can bring it.)

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  • So glad to see Sucker Punch spreading its wings!

  • So this mean RIP Infamous 3 or an infamous game for Ps Vita :(

    • Hahahaha PS Vita lol

    • Sony stopped their west support for the Vita 3 years ago.

    • This is awesome, I think Sucker Punch has been waiting to make this games for years. PS Vita sailed few years ago when AAA game support never really materialized.

    • It means they are making a game called Ghost of Tsushima. Nothing about Infamous as a series has been commented on.
      Sony said they aren’t making games for the Vita about 4 years ago. Try dealing with facts a tad bit more.

    • Unfortunately Sony killed the Vita about 4 years ago, when some incompetent idiot at Sony that not supporting your own system was a good idea.

    • Yes, this means there will be no infamous game for the Vita. Really hard for some people to let go, I guess.

  • Hell ya after great AC origins in a great new area and now this coming i cant wait i love open world games and i just cant wait to see how they do combat and side quests since witcher 3 showed how they are done right and origins is trying with good detailed side quests for some i hope this game is a nioh style combat

    • Seriously glad to see this.. Assasins Creed developers/publishers would only do a Ninja / Japanese era when thier last cash runs out and would be seemingly desparate for money.. I dont know.

      What i do know is — SCREW Assassins Creed Franchise for not doing this sooner. – AWESOME, way to go SUCKER PUNCH @@!!! More power and love to ya guys!

  • the setting looks fantastic. sucker punch is fantastic. swords >>> guns.

    i’m very excited!!

  • Would not have guessed this is what Sucker Punch was working on all this time. Looks and sounds exciting though, I’m definitely interested!

  • Well there was an open-world Samurai game, called Yakuza Ishin. Too bad Sega decided to be jerks and not release it in the West when it should have.

    I’m a big Sucker Punch fan, and I’m so excited for this!

  • This game looks gorgeous. If you can nail the ephemera of Japanese culture, it could be much better than some of the excellent feudal era games in the Yakuza series.

  • Yes I need this. Please make it BIG.

  • This looks amazing. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if a MP will be included. Though, personally, I think they should stick with focusing on a rich open world with a great single player experience, but that’s just me.

  • If this game comes full and without microtrasactions and lootboxes, will be a great game.

    • What he said! My fave game this gen has been Horizon Zero Dawn WITH no season pass, no microtransactions. The upcoming DLC add-on was something that was definitely cooked up after the release as opposed to the “recent” trend of holding back pieces of final product to sell separately. HZD is offering the kind of DLC gamers don’t mind. I am so looking forward to it.

      I was looking forward to Assassin’s Creed Origins on my X1X next week (still prefer my PS4 Pro), but the MTs are a turn-off. Ubisoft made loot so stingy that they want you to give in and give up your cash. I just returned my game and got my money back.

      If Ghost of Tsushima doesn’t give into this kind of stuff, it sounds awesome. Fingers crossed for this one!

  • This is the best thing ever. And the best day ever.

  • So refreshing to see a less-used setting for what looks like a huge, amazing game.

  • “Seriously, how come no one has made a sprawling samurai open-world game yet?”
    Um… Yakuza Kenzan and Isshin? The Way of the Samurai series?

    • Kenzan and Isshin were decent, but not really open world. Open town, is more like it. Also, IMHO, that series has been holding on to the same game engine for far too long. Although it looks good, the game mechanics never change. It’s more or less a fresh coat of paint on the same old Yakuza game. Kenzan is my favorite in the series, though, mainly for the setting and (mostly) legitimate period Japanese experience. Obviously, the series is known for breaking out of historical accuracy, but it presents a nice environment to “vacation” in. It may be tough to match the cultural accuracy of a game about Japan, by a Japanese developer. Again, they take major liberties. It sounds like Nate is more enamored by an accurate period experience, as presented in great samurai films. Although the corny humor in Yakuza is fun, I am much more intrigued to play a tonally serious, truly open world game, which is true to the austere nature of classic samurai culture. Based on the visuals in the trailer, this game could be closer to that experience than any game yet.

  • the short second of gameplay has me hyped. I want to see more.

  • That looks amazing. I’m in.

  • I’m a big fan of Sucker Punch and I love the feudal Japan setting, but I’m still unsure on how the two can make sense together. I’m also sad we won’t see another Infamous (at least not soon). I’ll need a gameplay video to understand.

  • Thank you … Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. No gameplay trailer yet, yet this shows the promise of a game me and my friend have wanted since ps1-ps2 days!. Sure, ninja’s are cool, but even in games, they’ve always been idolized to super-human abilities. I really hope this bring it to a more realistic levels and even include shinobi (disguise spying) as part of the gameplay. Been wanting this ever since Bushido Blade, Tenchu (to a certain degree), kengo for PS2, or even Way of the Samurai to a certain degree as well. Please don’t turn this into another samurai warriors or anything over the top like that.

  • This blew my mind. I am really looking forward to this one. I’ve watched the trailer a few times already. Definitely something that will hopefully scratch my itch for a samurai game.

  • Looks awesome!

  • I can’t wait to play this Masterpiece Thank you Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sucker Punch Productions.

  • Finally, a game in feudal Japan that does not have supernatural elements and it even looks better than any AC game I’ve played , well done Sucker Punch

  • Holy Crap, Holy Crap! Someones finally making a game set in Feudal Japan. I’m finally getting to play as a Samurai! Long have I waited for this moment. For awhile it seemed that we would never get a game like this. I’ve been a fan of classic Samurai themed Anime such as Rurouni Kenshin and Ninja Scroll and games such as Onimusha and now I’m finally gonna get to see an open world Samurai game. I thought this day would never come. Thank You Sucker Punch, looking forward to this so much! Please give it everything you’ve got!

  • This looks freakin awesome! Love feudal Japan. I’m only disappointed you don’t play as a ninja. Samurai are the the less cooler versions.

  • I just got chills down my spine from watching that. I’ve been waiting for some one to make a game like this, open world Samurai game set in Feudal Japan. It’s like you guys were reading my mind!

  • Finally!

    The game looks gorgeous, I am really happy for some of the first party studios from Sony, they are creating great games. Horizon was an amazing title (my favorite this year along Breath of the Wild), I loved Gravity Rush 2, Days Gone looks interesting and now Ghost of Tsushima, which was the best title for me from the showcase.

    Can’t wait to see gameplay!

  • Thanks for mentioning Usagi Yojimbo. That’s so cool! I’m not sure if I’m looking for another open world game since there are so many in the market, but this game looks quite promising and I really like the Feudal Japan setting.

  • Looks great can’t wait to pick this up.

  • why sucker punch why why I l tell you what about the infamous second son sequal

  • “how come no one has made a sprawling samurai open-world game yet?” ummm hate to break it to nate fox there has been a samurai series called the way of the samurai and its open world so yeah it has been done before cant wait to see gameplay from this game as well

  • Ghost of Tsushima looks fantastic. Sucker Punch is one of my favorite game developers. Creators of great Sly Cooper trilogy back on PS2 and Infamous games for PS3 and PS4. Can’t wait to see more of this game.

  • Thanks Sucker Punch!! This is game looks so good.

    Please!! Afterward give us Sly Cooper 5

  • A samurai open-world game sounds amazing. I can only imagine how great this will look on the PS4pro considering how gorgeous Second Sun was. Ready to pre order!!

  • ghost of tsushima the game not even coming up, so how do you pre order it?

  • What a relief it must be to finally talk about your game! And to have been able to keep that secret that long without any leaks (that I am aware of) is amazing. Congrats on your reveal, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more :-)

  • You have me intrigued in this sucker punch.


  • This game is going to be so good, I can feel it!

  • hope it will be more like a skyrim or the witcher type of open world game crafting samurai weapons and armour buy a home join a clan

  • and instead of collecting shouts from dragons we gain powers from the twelve Chinese zodiac signs

  • We’re ready for a gameplay demo showcase. Bring it on Sucker Punch! (please don’t be Arkcham-style-combat. Fingers crossed.)

  • SMH Just take my money then

  • This game is going to be AMAZING. I cannot wait just because I love japan and I love the samurai.
    I genuinely hope SUCKERPUNCH pulls the game off well although I have no doubt in my mind that they will pull the game off seamlessly. I will probably have to start saving now to guarantee that I get the game on the day of release. Very hyped!!!

  • rip infamous 3, love the new game

  • I’m actually disappointed this is, once again, the old open world sandbox game. Infamous SS was painfully generic and the world was super formulaic and pattern-based in gameplay and design. Unfortunately I have little doubt this game will be any different.
    I think the trend of open world games as a MUST needs to end. The best games I’ve played in the last decade and in fact since I was a kid gamer in the 90s are actually linear. Or semi-linear. I really love Seamless big “open-map” games which are story driven and linear in progression.
    To name a solid example: Prince of Persia Warrior Within.
    At any rate – many story driven games that stand out on top others are actually linear.

    I feel like the only thing I don’t like about these news is the open world as the main focus -aspect.
    I don’t know how modern gamers are not tired of these huge sandboxes and open worlds by now…

  • If that was a linear but somewhat open-ended Samurai game with intense, tight and story driven gameplay – filled with cinematics, conversations, plot developments and twists, and build up – that would have been great. The best most interesting games are ones with great story, engaging environments and great pacing and flow to them.
    Not something you lose yourself endlessly for hours not sure where and what to do and everything becomes meaningless and repetitive.
    The game should be centered around the characters and events. Not just having a gigantic world with tons of side stuff to do and a main quest that often falls short and becomes super easy by the time you reach it.

    Wish they just make it a linear game.
    I am not a GoW fan – but I am really happy the new GoW isn’t open world. SMART.

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