Ghost of Tsushima to Finalise Console War Victory, Release Date Revealed

The new release date of Ghost of Tsushima looks to set it as the culmination of a grand console generation for Sony’s PlayStation 4.

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After a long, long wait for news of a release date, and copious amounts of speculation hinting at a long-lost 2019 launch, Ghost of Tsushima has finally been given a release window.

Initially revealed back in 2017, we’ve learned little about the very intriguing title Ghost of Tsushima. We know that it takes place on the island of Tsushima at a time when the Mongol army has invaded.

The player takes on the role of one of the island’s last protectorates, a samurai warrior, using stealth and sword combat to defeat those trying to conquer the Japanese land.

While the story and setting is, obviously, the major draw, the artwork, graphics, towns, and landscapes look nothing short of spectacular. As far as aesthetics go, this might be one of the most visually-stunning games to come out during this console generation.

Just looking at any one of the trailers, it’s easy to see why so many people are excited for the release date of Ghost of Tsushima. It isn’t just set to be a great game, however, as it may be Sony’s grand swansong for the all-conquering PlayStation 4.

The long wait is almost over for Ghost of Tsushima

As you can see in the video above, Ghost of Tsushima was announced back in 2017 by publishers Sony Interactive Entertainment and developers Sucker Punch Productions.

Having released the Sly series and the inFamous series as PlayStation exclusives, PS4 players were excited to see what Sucker Punch had up their sleeve for their first release since 2014.

It’s a short trailer, but it showcases the stunning environments and exciting plot. It was certainly enough for people to start looking up the age in which it is set (1274) as well as put Ghost of Tsushima on their watch lists.

Next came a much more in-depth look at Ghost of Tsushima, coming in the form of a gameplay video at E3 2018. The 2018 convention proved to be the last before Sony’s hiatus of E3, moving on to do their own productions and showcases, but the Ghost of Tsushima content shown was certainly worthy of their last presence at the annual event.

The ‘Gameplay Debut’ video further establishes how beautiful the game is along with its immersive use of music. It shows horse riding, sprawling landscapes, wildlife, and mesmerising melee combat. Ghost of Tsushima also features many sneaking elements and parkour-esque traversing of the environments, which looks to blend well with the skill of the protagonist.

In early December 2019, Sony unleashed a rather tedious little teaser, showcasing a tiny video of just over one-minute during their State of Play presentation. Sucker Punch was, thankfully, kind enough to mark it as a prelude to a major announcement at The Game Awards 2019.

Then, on 12 December, PlayStation 4 fans finally got what they were waiting for: the Ghost of Tsushima release date. Now, while the Ghost of Tsushima release date is more of a release window, it finally puts an end to much of the speculation that has swirled since the 2017 reveal.

With the trailer, we all now know that the release date of Ghost of Tsushima is summer 2020. The emphatic trailer, which uses some clips from previous reveals, lasts 4:34 minutes and does a grand job of whipping up the hype storm once again.

As the next console generation is to commence in Holiday 2020 with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X releasing in the same window, one would assume that Ghost of Tsushima will be one of, if not the final big exclusive to come to the PlayStation 4.

If this is the case, it looks to be a fitting send-off to a console which soundly crushed its Microsoft opponent via the continued release of top-quality exclusive games.

Ghost of Tsushima to be a fitting swansong for the PlayStation 4

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In this console generation, the PlayStation 4 has crushed the competition. Released in mid-November 2013, a week before the Xbox One, the PS4 line currently boasts more than double the unit sales of the Xbox One line.

As recorded by VG Chartz on 21 December 2019, the PS4 has sold 105.5 million units to the Xbox One’s 45.8 million units. Also classed as a home console, but with hybrid-handheld capabilities, the Nintendo Switch didn’t release until March 2017, and yet it too has already outsold the Xbox One, amassing 48.8 million units before its third birthday.

The Microsoft console has long-boasted superior hardware, superior performance, and what many people consider to be the more comfortable controller, but it lacked in the area that matters most: software. PlayStation’s dominance, as well as the Switch’s epic run, has all been down to their exclusive game line-ups.

Xbox has greatly struggled for captivating new IPs in this generation and has mostly only been able to try to continue their lines of popular exclusives.

They remastered four Halo games into The Master Chief Collection and released Halo 5; found an indie classic in Ori and the Blind Forest; launched with the criminally underrated Sunset Overdrive; added to the Forza franchises; released the fifth instalment to Gears of War; and excited console owners with Sea of Thieves.

Over the course of six years, this shows very little points in which gamers see the console as a must-buy. The PlayStation 4, on the other hand, has enjoyed a long line of must-play exclusive games.

God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Uncharted 4, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, inFamous: Second Son, Ratchet & Clank, Death Stranding, Yakuza 6, Bloodborne, The Last Guardian, and, of course, The Last of Us Remastered, and many others have all piled up to make the PlayStation 4 a must-own console.

As such, it is fitting that Sony wants its prized PlayStation 4 to go strong until the end, keeping the ‘PlayStation’ name in the forefront of gamers’ mind when it comes to purchasing next-generation hardware. Ghost of Tsushima, if it lives up to the hype and its potential, will work as the ultimate swansong for the PS4 and a grand advertisement for the PS5.

While you wait for summer 2020…

Knowing that the Ghost of Tsushima release date is still many months away, Sucker Punch has been kind enough to release a dynamic theme for PlayStation 4 players to download for free.

As you can see in the post above, you can use a code to claim the free Ghost of Tsushima theme, but the code expires at the end of January – so you’d best be quick.

These are the region-dependent codes that you need:

Americas: BEFB-AMNR-R4F6

Europe/AU/NZ/Russia/Middle East/Africa/India: 38BE-G6N8-L93A

Japan: N4TK-59NH-2LH3

Korea: EM56-NTNC-EHX8

Rest of Asia: DHLN-HANF-F6LH

It’s not too long now until the Ghost of Tsushima release date is finally upon us. PlayStation 4 fans will be waiting with bated breath for ‘summer 2020’ to turn into a hard release date for Ghost of Tsushima.

Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.