Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut Takes Players To Iki Island, Launches on PS5 and PS4 on August 20th

July 1, 2021

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut will launch on August 20th. Announced ahead of the game’s first anniversary on the PlayStation Blog, this updated version of Sucker Punch’s acclaimed open world game includes a new addition to Jin Sakai’s story whilst enhancing the game further for PlayStation 5 players.

Iki Island is the biggest new addition to Ghost of Tsushima. A neighbouring island to Tsushima, Iki was also invaded during the time period in which the game is set. As such, this is where the new content added in the Director’s Cut will take place.

“Jin travels to the island to investigate rumors of a Mongol presence. But soon, he finds himself caught up in events with deeply personal stakes that will force him to relive some traumatic moments from his past.”

The new island offers a range of new environments, new armour for Jin and his horse, new mini games, new techniques and even new enemy types. The Iki Island content will also offer new trophies for players on both platforms.

For PlayStation 5 owners, that isn’t all. To start, Ghost of Tsushima, the new expansion, and the Legends multiplayer mode will take advantage of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the DualSense controller. Further to this load times will be “drastically improved” — and they were great in the original! — there are 4K resolution options which will target 60fps, plus 3D audio too.

Furthermore, the power of the PlayStation 5 means that the game’s cinematics will now render in real time. Because of this, there is now the ability for a Japanese lip sync for those playing with the Japanese voice track — a very nice touch for players who want a fully authentic experience.

If you’ve not played Ghost of Tsushima yet, it appears the Director’s Cut is the version to buy. However, you’re not at a loss if you’ve played the game before. First of all, players will be able to transfer their saves to pick up where they left off. The new Iki Island content will be available at the beginning of the game’s second act.

How about upgrading from the PS4 version though? Well, players can pre-order the Director’s Cut content today for £15.99 / $19.99 or purchase at a later date for £25.99 / $29.99. If you purchase Director’s Cut on PS4 but would like the PS5 benefits, that will cost £7.99 / $9.99 — bucking the trend of recent free PS5 upgrades.

All players, regardless of purchasing the Director’s Cut, will gain access to some additional updates and tweaks for the game. This includes a new mode for Legends which Sucker Punch will detail “in the weeks to come”

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on August 20th for $59.99 and $69.99 respectively. Players can pre-order a digital version from the PlayStation Store — which allows immediate access to the base PS4 game — or from retailers with a selection of pre-order bonuses.

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Ant Barlow

Started with the PlayStation, now I'm here... with a PlayStation. Once skipped school to play the Metal Gear Solid demo repeatedly. I love stories big and small. Trophy hunter. Recent VR convert. Probably a hipster.