The latest rumors suggest that Sucker Punch Productions' Ghost of Tsushima could still release in 2019. It seems like an eternity since gamers heard anything about the ambitious action-adventure title, but now, there's a glimmer of a samurai sword on the horizon.
Up there with the likes of The Last of Us Part 2 and Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima has been in development for a long time. First announced at Sony's Paris Games Week presentation in 2017, there was a supersized E3 showcase in 2018 and plenty of hype for the open world game. Set during the Mongol invasion of Japan, Ghost of Tsushima is set to chart a territory of gaming that already has a loyal following of fans.
According to a Sony presentation to shareholders (via PSU), Ghost of Tsushima could be coming sooner rather than later. The site specifically targets an important statement that reads “Ghost of Tsushima to be released in ’19." There's no official confirmation yet, so players will have to wait and see whether the report can be taken as fact. If Sucker Punch makes good on the rumors of a 2019 release date, it would make Ghost of Tsushima one of the PlayStation 4's last major exclusives before Sony turns its attention to the PlayStation 5. Of course, with the PS4 nearing the end of its life cycle, it's entirely possible that the studio will save Ghost of Tsushima for the PS5 and kick off a new era of consoles in style.
Considering the impressive history of Sucker Punch and its legacy with the InFAMOUS franchise, Ghost of Tsushima is expected to be a big hitter. Importantly, the upcoming game will be the studio's first release since InFAMOUS Second Son and InFAMOUS First Light in 2014. Ghost of Tsushima hones in on Jin Sakai—the last samurai—as he explores the expansive Tsushima Island during Japan's 13th Century. Away from the modern and fast-paced setting of the InFAMOUS games, Ghost of Tsushima is taking on a more rural backdrop.
The first look at Ghost of Tsushima's gameplay at last year's E3 definitely blew people away. Considering Jin has been described as a"samurai commando," Sucker Punch is melding together several different types of gameplay for a pretty unique premise. Combining bloody combat and impressive visuals with a historical setting is a tried-and-tested formula. Even if Ghost of Tsushima doesn't release in 2019, the game's fandom is hoping it's worth the wait.