Open World Without Waypoints? We can't wait for Ghost of Tsushima!
By Sairam Hussain Miran 03 May, 20
With the coronavirus buckling people into their homes, time-consuming story mode games are gaining more and more relevance as the pandemic progresses. One title that has not particularly received the hype that it is worthy of is developer Sucker Punch’s PS4 exclusive, “Ghost of Tsushima.”
Ghost of Tsushima is an upcoming action-adventure stealth game set in Tsushima Island, Feudal Japan, during the 1270s. This large open-world game will be played from the third-person perspective and enables a number of distinct gameplay features to be made available to the player. Like Rockstar hit The Red Dead Redemption, Ghost of Tsushima allows players to explore the Island by riding on a horse. Similar to the Uncharted Series, a grappling hook also exists the players to access hard-to-reach areas.
Perhaps most interesting is Sucker Punch’s unprecedented move to not include any waypoint to direct players towards interesting regions of the Island.
Art Director Jason Connell says, “I think the player choice in this game will mean something very different than other games we've made in the past. We really want you to have the choice of, 'Hey, that cool bamboo forest over there, I really want to check it out. I want to head in that direction, and I want to see what it is.' There's no waypoint. There's nothing that says 'Go here and look at this bamboo forest'. We just, hopefully, are presenting something that is beautiful and exotic, that's different than the current place you might be in. That'll come as a world choice. Where do I want to go?"
The team involved in Ghost of Tsushima has certainly taken a bold step with this feature, attempting to make players ‘feel like a samurai’. But will this gamble pay off, or will more novice gamers by put off by the lack of direction?
The game is set in 1274, Tsishuma Islands, during the first Mongol Invasion of Japan. The historical conflict here remains that the Tsishuma Islands are the only true hindrance between the Mongol Army and Mainland Japan. With most of his clan defeated and killed in the first wave of attacks, it is up to the protagonist Jim Sikai, the Last Samurai, to defend Japan. As the title suggests, Sikai must quit conventional fighting practice and master the ways of a Samurai and act like a ‘Ghost’ in order to achieve his objectives.
In the Ghost of Tsushima, it is your job to liberate Tsishuma.
The game is set to release on 26th June 2020. However, that is easier said than done. After the Last of Us 2 was delayed, there are speculations that many other games, including Ghost of Tsushima, will be delayed.
“Tons and tons of games will get delayed,” Thomas Mahler, Game Director at Moon Studios wrote on ResetEra, “There’s zero chance that developers were able to stick to their plans with this Corona situation happening.”
There is still no official word from Sucker Punch, and if one were to speak strictly according to official information, Ghost of Tsushima is set to release on the 17th of July.