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Ghost of Tsushima has surpassed more than five million copies sold since its release on PlayStation 4 in July, which is an astonishing performance.
Of course, Ghost of Tsushima was the fastest ever selling new IP on the PlayStation Store when it launched, scoring almost two million digital downloads out of the gates. We thought the world that the samurai Jin Sakai inhabited was nothing short of beautiful, with brilliant sunrises and sunsets staining the island's skies with shades of crimson and gold. It was lucky that it was so enrapturing, as we found that the story would often require repetition, and rap us on our knuckles for going ham on a group of invaders. "At the heart of Ghost of Tsushima is a story about choice and sacrifice," said Julian in his review, but it's a story that's "actively at odds with what you do in the game, and not in a way that develops to a point."
But, if you're looking for a resplendent interpretation of the island of Tsushima during the 13th century, and a game where you'll spend as much time in photo mode as you do lopping off heads, then it'll be right up your street. Furthermore, the creator of Yakuza commended the research that the studio undertook to develop an accurate atmosphere for that location at that time in history. "We often believe Western people would never get certain Japanese things, but the game shows this way of thinking is wrong in the first place," said Toshihiro Nagoshi. So, good work, Sucker Punch Productions.
And, keep it up. The stratospheric success of Ghost of Tsushima means that a sequel is very likely, and the plot leaves a number of threads to stitch together in a subsequent story. In addition, openings for a narrative writer and associate outsource artist at Sucker Punch Productions arose in October, and they specifically ask for an evident interest in "traditional Japanese culture and aesthetic". The next game that the studio is working on, which may or may not be Ghost of Tsushima 2, is open-world and set in feudal Japan. At this point, you're almost literally signposting a sequel to the game, and it might come to the PlayStation 5, too.
Moreover, could we chance on Ghost of Tsushima coming to PC in the future? Neither Sony nor Sucker Punch Productions have made any mention of it, so I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. But, critically acclaimed PlayStation titles like Persona 4: Golden, Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, and Detroit: Become Human have all leapt over to PC following stellar success on their original platform. Don't hold me to it, but it's possible that, maybe some time in 2021, PC players will be able to jump into Legends mode and experience the journey of Jin Sakai for themselves.
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