Ghost Of Tsushima story trailer reveals June release date

Sony has finally given a release date to the PlayStation 4’s last major exclusive, as well as revealing four separate physical editions.

This summer is going to be a busy time for Sony. We still don’t know when they’re going to unveil the PlayStation 5 (they probably don’t know either, thanks to the coronavirus) but thanks to its latest trailer we do know when Ghost Of Tsushima will be out.

The story trailer above lays out the basic plot and trailer, which is based around the first Mongol invasion of Japan in the 13th century.

Although previously scheduled only for sometime this year, the game has been given a confirmed worldwide release date of 26 June, only on PlayStation 4.

Ghost Of Tsushima UK release date

That means it’ll be out only a month after The Last Of Us Part 2 on 29 May, which itself comes out a couple of weeks after Marvel’s Iron Man VR on 5 May.

It’s an impressive line-up for the PlayStation 4 in its final year as Sony’s premier console and stands in stark contrast to both Nintendo and Microsoft who so far have nothing confirmed for 2020, beyond this month’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch.

However, very little has been seen of Ghost Of Tsushima in public so far and it’s still unclear exactly how the game is pitched in terms of action vs. stealth and what role-playing game elements it may or may not have.

But despite so little information having been revealed, Sony are already trying to drum up interest in pre-orders and a dizzying array of different collector’s editions.

The simple act of pre-ordering will get you a Jin Sakai avatar, a digital mini-soundtrack, and a dynamic theme for nothing.

Alternatively, the Digital Deluxe Edition has the Hero of Tsushima skin set, which includes an exclusive in-game horse, saddle, mask, sword, and armour set. It also includes the Charm of Hachiman’s Favor and a technique point (presumably used to unlock skills), a digital mini-art book, and a different dynamic theme.

There is then a grand total of four separate physical editions: the Standard Edition; the Standard Plus Edition (the box has a ‘custom print finish’, apparently); the Special Edition, which has a SteelBook and the contents of the Digital Deluxe Edition; and finally the Collector’s Edition.

The Collector’s Edition has the same contents as the Special Edition, plus a replica mask that the PlayStation Blog is at pains to point out you can’t actually wear. Instead it advises you to ‘keep it on a shelf to impress your friends’.

Also included is a 4.5 foot sashimono war banner, a furoshiki wrapping cloth, a physical mini-art book, and a world map printed on a cloth.

There’s no indication of how much it will cost but it’s clearly going to be upwards of £100. Which seems a bit of a risk for a game you might not even end up enjoying.

But that’s collector’s editions for you (why do they never come out after you’ve played the game and you know whether you like it or not?)

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