Forged by Sucker Punch Productions and released just four months before the start of the next console generation, Ghost of Tsushima well and truly rubber-stamped the PlayStation 4’s triumph over the Xbox One.
A simply stunning game from combat to the story, graphics to music, and everything else in between, the 13th Century-set title epitomised everything that Sony got right with its approach to PS4 software.
As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ghost of Tsushima will be honoured with a Director’s Cut for both the PS4 and PlayStation 5, as well as many next-gen enhancements.
Expand Jin’s story on PS4 or PS5
Ghost of Tsushima has already been gifted free DLC in the form of an extensive multiplayer mode, Legends. Still, on 20 August 2021, fans and newcomers to the battle against the Mongol invaders will be able to expand Jin’s story even further.
The new inclusion is Iki Island, which was also invaded by the Mongol army in the mid-Kamakura Period. Here, Jin will go to Iki Island to investigate word of a Mongol incursion but will then be forced to face the traumas of his past.
Iki Island doesn’t just expand the story, though, as there’ll also be new animals to find and pet in the unique environments, new armour, new enemies and techniques to combat them, and some new mini-games. The trailer for the Director’s Cut (found further down) shows Jin interacting with a monkey and a set of antlers to fix to your horse for charging attacks.
As detailed in the PlayStation Blog post, the Director’s Cut will be a new release of the game, but owners of a previous release of Ghost of Tsushima will be able to upgrade for a lower price.
For owners of the PS4 version of Ghost of Tsushima who intend to play the Director’s Cut on the PS4, the upgrade will cost a£15.99 ($19.99/€19.99). You can also upgrade the PS4 copy of Ghost of Tsushima on the PS5, with the upgrade being £24.99 ($29.99/€29.99).
Finally, if you upgrade on the PS4, get a PS5, and then want to upgrade to the PS5 version of the Director’s Cut – on top of a previously purchased PS4 Director’s Cut upgrade – it will cost £8.99 ($9.99/€9.99).
Those who are new to this fantastic PlayStation console exclusive will be able to get Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut for £59.99 ($69.99/€69.99) on PS5 or £49.99 ($59.99/€59.99) on PS4.
These versions of the game, be they brand new or upgraded, include all facets of Ghost of Tsushima, with the exceptions being the PS5-only upgrades.
A free update is also being rolled out to all Ghost of Tsushima players alongside the launch of the Director’s Cut. This free update includes a target lock during combat, alternate controller layouts, the ability to hide your quiver, and a new mode for Legends.
What PS5 upgrades does Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut get?
The PlayStation 5 version of the Director’s Cut comes with some additional new features, warranting the higher price of its upgrade.
So, PS5 players will be able to enjoy 60fps with Dynamic 4K resolution, haptic feedback through the DualSense controller, the use of adaptive triggers, and, with compatible headphones, Tempest 3D AudioTech.
That’s not all, though, as the Sucker Punch team has included one of the most-craved features for its PS5 update: Japanese lip-sync. The Samurai Cinema option was a superb addition that helped to immerse you in the stunning setting of the game, but the only off-putting aspect about it was the lack of lip-sync.
Now, as the PS5 can render cinematics in real-time, all of the Japanese-language cut scenes in the game will show the characters in sync with the words being said. It may seem like a minor feature to add if you played the game in English, but for Samurai Cinema adopters, it’ll make a tremendous difference.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut looks to be adding a decent amount of truly engaging content to warrant the upgrade prices, with it set to launch on 20 August 2021 on the PS4 and PS5.