It’s official: Sony is taking us back to the islands of feudal Japan once again.
The reissue to July 2020’s Ghost of Tsushima will add a new island, complete with a new story to explore, several PS5-exclusive features, and Japanese lip-sync to the open-world adventure.
Iki Island will be the new region coming to the game via this re-release. As most history buffs will probably know, Iki Island, like the island of Tsushima, was invaded by Mongols about 700 years ago during the country’s feudal period.
According to Suckerpunch, players as protagonist Jin Sakai will travel to Iki to investigate rumors of a Mongol presence and find themselves “caught up in events with deeply personal stakes that will force Jin to relive some traumatic moments from his past.”
Iki Island will also feature brand new environments, new armor for Jin and his horse companion, new mini-games, new techniques, new enemy types, and most importantly, new animals to pet.
Additionally, the extensive Iki Island content piece will be joined by a slew of new features and enhancements. These will apply to the whole game but be exclusive to the PS5.
Thanks to the new-gen console’s ability to render cinematics in real-time, Director’s Cut will add accurate lip-sync for Japanese voice-over to the game. Lack of proper lip-sync to Japanese dubs was a common complaint that players of Ghost of Tsushima had when the game launched last year.
However, since Suckerpunch has been attentive to player feedback, it seems like this problem will be a thing of the past very soon.
Furthermore, all the content in the game, including the online multiplayer Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, will now be able to take full advantage of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on PS5’s DualSense controller.
There will also be enhancements to 3D audio on PS5, improved load times, 4K resolution options, and framerates targeting 60 FPS.
Save files on Ghost of Tsushima PS4 will also be transferable to Ghost of Tsushima on PS4 and PS5. This is key as for the new players, the Iki Island expansion will kick in at the beginning of Act 2 of Ghost of Tsushima after players have made their way to the Toyotama region.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will also be accompanied by a free update, available for players on PS4, that will bring photo mode improvements, controller remapping options, and the ability to lock onto targets during combat.
The free update will also feature “an all-new mode,” which Sucker Punch will detail sometime soon. The update will also give players the ability to hide their quiver during combat.
Now, if you’re wondering how the Director’s Cut is going to impact your wallets and purses, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to consider:
- Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will launch on August 20 for $69.99 on PS5 and $59.99 on PS4.
- A pre-order on the PS Store or offline will get you a digital mini soundtrack with tracks from the original Ghost of Tsushima, two new songs from Iki Island, and a digital art book featuring a selection of art from Ghost of Tsushima as well as ten new pieces of Iki Island concept art.
- A Pre-order at any date before launch will give you instant access to the PS4 version of Ghost of Tsushima. This way, you can start experiencing the main game early or transfer your progress to pick up where you left off when the Director’s Cut drops in August.
- If you already own Ghost of Tsushima on PS4, you can pre-order an upgrade to Director’s Cut for $19.99. The upgrade will become available from August 20.
- August 20 onwards, owners of Director’s Cut on PS4 will be able to upgrade to Director’s Cut PS5 at any time for $9.99. Additionally, players can also upgrade directly (from the original Ghost of Tsushima PS4) to Director’s Cut on PS5 for $29.99.
About Ghost of Tsushima
From the studio which brought us Sly Cooper and the inFamous series, Ghost of Tsushima is Sucker Punch’s latest release. Praised by both critics and players alike for the story, gameplay, visuals and soundtrack, Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most popular games released in 2020.
Players control Jin Sakai, a samurai turned assassin, on a journey of revenge and redemption as the island of Tsushima battles against the invasion of the Mongol hordes. Master samurai techniques, engage in epic duels reminiscent of Kurosawa films and explore the lush and vast island of Tsushima on your quest to free and reclaim your homeland.