Following the release of inFAMOUS Second Son in 2014 and then its standalone expansion titled First Light, developer Sucker Punch Productions went dark, leaving fans wondering what was next for the team. Fast forward three years later at Paris Games Week 2017 where the studio reemerged to introduce a brand new IP called Ghost of Tsushima. With the game quickly becoming one of Sony's most anticipated titles, it received plenty of stage time at the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference including a brand new trailer.
Taking place in 13th century Japan during the height of Kublai Khan's reign, players step into the shoes of the last remaining Samurai on the small island of Tsushima. With the Mongols invading the island, Jin takes it upon himself to fight back and get revenge for the devastation caused at their hands. The latest cinematic trailer for Ghost of Tsushima fills in a bit more of the missing details and proved fans with a look at the games stunning visuals.
One of the most striking elements to the gameplay is the use of color, from the green of the trees, the swaying yellows of the fields, and the red leaves falling during the tense duel towards the end. Interestingly enough, the gameplay featured no HUD elements, and it's not clear if this is what the final game will be like or if it was turned off to show off the game's graphical power.
Combat is visceral, combining purposeful Katana strikes, slow motion stylistic attacks, and brutal finishers. One scene finds Jin using stealth to infiltrate a shrine, where Mongol soldiers have taken hostages. As he performs a strike from above attack, time slows down as the player highlights a nearby enemy triggering a follow up kill. For good measure, Jin performs a stylish stealth kill on an enemy soldier standing on the other side of a paper wall.
Unfortunately, a date or even a release window was not provided as the demo ended after a tense duel between Jin and his friend Masako over one of the temple monks.
Ghost of Tsushima launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and currently doesn't have a release date.