According to new information, Sucker Punch Productions' Ghost of Tsushima could release as late as the second half of 2020, apparently in part due to the fact that The Last of Us 2 is getting delayed until spring of that year. Ghost of Tsushima is the one Sony PlayStation exclusive due out over the next year that fans don't know much about after much of the spotlight has been taken by The Last of Us 2 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
What fans do know about Ghost of Tsushima is exciting, though. The gameplay that's been demonstrated looks compelling, a mixture between tense stealth and gorgeous combat, and it's made even more interesting by the fact that Sucker Punch is working with real samurai to help develop Ghost of Tsushima and make it as authentic as possible. According to Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida, Ghost of Tsushima's graphics are also so good that even he was impressed when he got to check out the game this summer - a comment that not only got consumers excited, but led to speculation that the game might actually release sometime in 2019.
That seems almost certainly impossible now, though, according to a statement from Kotaku's Jason Schreier on Twitter. The industry veteran followed up a report that spotlighted the likelihood of The Last of Us 2 getting delayed until Spring 2020 by stating that, despite not having a release date yet, it would likely mean that Ghost of Tsushima gets delayed as well. According to him, Ghost of Tsushima was originally planned for the first half of 2020, but it likely won't launch until the second half of the year now that The Last of Us 2 is being delayed until that spring. He also stated that it's probably unlikely to expect the game to be changed into a PS5 title.
BTW, Ghost of Tsushima doesn't have a public release date yet, but it'll also be bumped later into 2020 to account for this delay. Don't expect them to suddenly turn it into a PS5 game or anything, but it was originally planned for the first half of the year - not anymore— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) October 24, 2019
If Ghost of Tsushima does release in the second half of 2020, it would be a far cry from the potential 2019 release date that many fans had hoped for at the beginning of this year. It would also make for a second PS4 exclusive delay in a short timeframe after The Last of Us 2 got the same treatment. With that said, though, game delays aren't necessarily a bad thing in the games industry - many games that were delayed over quality concerns or simply to give developers more time to execute on exciting ideas have become game of the year contenders.
In fact, Sony's complete lack of fear regarding game delays are probably why the company has a console with what many would agree is one of the strongest exclusive libraries in the history of consoles. While it's disappointing to find out consumers will need to wait longer for exciting games, it's better that than getting them half-finished - and in the case of Ghost of Tsushima, there wasn't even a release date announced, so it's not like a late 2020 release is a change in public plans.
Source: Jason Schreier/Twitter