New Ghost of Tsushima Version Leaked by ESRB Rating. The ESRB has just leaked information of an unannounced Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
You don’t always have to look to industry insiders if you’re looking for the latest scoop about upcoming video game releases. More often than not, legitimate sources will indirectly confirm and/or leak vital information.
New Ghost of Tsushima Version Leaked
A new version of Ghost of Tsushima has been revealed ahead of schedule by the ESRB, with a rating popping up for something called “Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.” While Ghost of Tsushima got enhancements for the PlayStation 5 after its PlayStation 4 release, this Director’s Cut has been listed for both PlayStation platforms to indicate that it’ll sport those enhancements on the newer console as soon as it’s available. Unfortunately, Sony has not yet confirmed the new version of the PlayStation game beyond the ESRB rating alone.
First of all, the platforms listed for the Director’s cut are PS4 and PS5, so we can reasonably expect the next-gen version to include some graphical and performance upgrades. Interestingly, this version is said to contain “In-Game Purchases,” of which there were none in the game’s original release. Stranger still, these in-game purchases are only listed for the PS4, so we’ll have to wait and see what that’s about. Finally, both versions are listed under “User Interacts,” which we can assume as Tsushima’s excellent coop Legends mode.
The most crucial element to this entire leak is that Jin’s nude booty will remain, with the listing making sure that everyone knows that Ghost of Tsushima “depicts a man’s exposed buttocks as he bathes in a hot spring.” Phew, I was worried for a second there.
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There is one strange element; the rating states that there are ‘In-Game Purchases’ but only for the PlayStation 4 version. It’s unclear what this means, as Ghosts of Tsushima on PS4 does not feature microtransactions. The other note in the description states ‘Users Interacts’ on both PS4 and PS5, presumably pointing to the Legends multiplayer mode added to the original game a few months after launch.
So, at a guess, the in-game purchase on PS4 may be a PS5 upgrade, but it remains to be seen exactly what the ESRB means by this, or if they are mistaken.
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In other news from Sucker Punch’s samurai game, Ghost of Tsushima has been picked up for a movie adaptation, and the game won the Player’s Voice Award at last year’s Game Awards. Sucker Punch is, of course, owned by PlayStation, which recently also acquired Returnal developer Housemarque.
The Bottom Line
As is usual for age rating boards, there’s no description of the technical details of the game. However, it goes into amusing detail on why it deserves a Mature rating (warning: it contains a ‘man’s exposed buttocks’!).
What might be included in a Director’s Cut is unclear, as the only major DLC so far has been the free multiplayer expansion Ghost Of Tsushima: Legends.
Whether developer Sucker Punch will create new content for the PlayStation 4 version, or if the main focus is taking advantage of the PlayStation 5’s increased power is unknown and will have to wait for an official announcement.
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The leak comes just days after rumors of a standalone expansion, called Ghost Of Ikishima, but whether those rumors are true and their relation to the director’s cut is also currently a mystery.
This, of course, brings us back to one of the biggest PlayStation theories that have been floating around for the past few weeks: The idea that there’s going to be a PlayStation event soon where we’ll hear more about these and other projects. Sony has not yet conducted its major gaming event of the summer, whereas Nintendo and Xbox already held theirs, so people have been trying to determine when such an event might be held.