We haven't heard much from the folks at Sucker Punch in recent years, but it turns out that's because the team was heads down on a new game that looks pretty fantastic. Get ready to clap your peepers on an open-world action game set in feudal Japan, Ghost of Tsushima.
Probably best known for their inFamous series, the team at Sucker Punch has proven they know how to build a living, breathing world and then fill it with interesting things for players to do. But after bolstering the PS4 library nice and early with inFamous: Second Son and its shorter standalone sequel, First Light, the studio disappeared into the shadows.
Thankfully, Sucker Punch emerged in a big way during Paris Games Week as Sony revealed the first trailer for the team's latest offering, Ghost of Tsushima. Over on the PlayStation Blog, Director Nate Fox explained that this is the game his team has always wanted to play and, since nobody else had made it yet, they decided to tackle the challenge themselves.
In Ghost of Tsushima, players will be dropped into a world of bamboo forests, quaint villages and, of course, katana-heavy combat. The game is set in 1274, when the Mongol army has invaded Japan. Their first point of attack is the island of Tsushima and, based on the reveal trailer, things aren't going well for the native people.
Along with plenty of lovely scenery, the trailer introduces us to a Khan who is in the middle of trying to antagonize a lone samurai. Obviously, you'll be playing as that samurai in the game. What I love about the Khan, though, is that he's a physically intimidating dude who doesn't need to rely on his stature to be terrifying. He's clearly extremely smart and calculating, features far more worrisome in an antagonist than "big, strong and carries a massive sword."
Based on what we're seeing in the trailer, the Khan and his armies bring Tsushima under their control pretty quickly. Their only mistake is that they left that one seriously pissed off samurai alive. As the island's titular ghost, you'll work in the shadows to retake your home and expel the Mongol threat.
While we don't see much gameplay in the trailer, we do get plenty of looks at some rather fantastic scenes that has me eager to learn what the full game looks like in action.
I've been wondering for a while now what Sucker Punch has been up to. Based on this latest trailer, it looks like the answer might be "something very special."