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Ghost of Tsushima delayed to July to make room for Last of Us 2

Ghost of Tsushima bumped to July as Sony accelerates The Last of Us 2's launch on PS4

Derek Strickland | Apr 27, 2020 at 2:39 pm CDT (2 mins, 6 secs time to read)

Sucker Punch's stylish samurai epic has been delayed a few weeks as Sony adjusts its first-party release slate.

Ghost of Tsushima is now launching July 17, three weeks after its original June 26 launch date, Sony today announced. The move comes as part of PlayStation's new first-party salvo that sees two heavy-hitters launching back-to-back: First with The Last of Us 2 in June, then Ghost of Tsushima in July. Sony accelerated TLOU2's release date to help combat the game's recent devastating story spoilers.

Today's news was surprising to say the least and many expected Sucker Punch's samurai slasher to be delayed indefinitely thanks to COVID-19 work-from-home orders.

Ghost of Tsushima blends supernatural myth with a kind of cinematic flair that's wrapped up in murderous stealth action-adventure gameplay. Gamers take on the role of the Ghost, a slain warrior resurrected by an unknown force to wreak havoc and exact revenge on his foes. The Ghost is reserved and somber, not unlike Zatoichi, but he has some serious Tenchu-level skills with a grappling hook, acrobatic flips, and silent executions.

Expect Sucker Punch's new game to push current-gen PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles to their limits, and be a total spectacle on Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 when it launches Holiday 2020.

In the late 13th century, the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations along their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan. As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes, at any cost, to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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