Understanding the premise behind ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

This month’s biggest release is undoubtedly Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch’s biggest production yet. The game is not just a hardcore samurai game, as there’s a gripping story behind it as well.

Part of what makes Ghost of Tsushima and exciting game is its story and premise. In the game, players take control of Jin Sakai, one of the last samurai in Japan. Here’s more about the setting of the game that players should take note of before playing.

The premise of the game

The game takes place in 1272 on the island of Tsushima. Jin is one of the last samurai in Japan as the Mongols have begun taking over, seemingly putting an end to the line of warriors.

The Mongol army invading the land are using tactics and technologies that the samurai had never seen before, so they were caught off guard. To impede the impending invasion, Jin must learn the way of the Ghost to strike fear into the hearts of the Mongols.

The goal of the players in Ghost of Tsushima is to stop the Mongol army by reclaiming the parts of the island they have occupied. Doing so will prevent them from invading the mainland.

The premise isn’t all made up as it is grounded on reality. As such, Sucker Punch developed the game in a way that the setting, characters, and the places feel as authentic as possible.

Historical accuracy

The game’s inspiration is the first of the Mongol Invasions in Japan during the 13th century. The first invasion, which actually took place in 1274, is the basis of the game’s events. It’s a significant event in Japanese history as it marked one of the only times that Japan defended itself against a foreign invasion. It was also one of the few times that the samurai faced off against a non-samurai foe.

Jin may be a fictional character, but the events in-game are deeply inspired by Japanese history. It’s a significant point in time for Japan, so the game might be a great retelling of the events that don’t get as much attention than others.

Ghost of Tsushima launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on July 17. The game will feature sleek combat mechanics, a character progression system, a fully explorable world, and more. People have a lot of high hopes for the game, with many saying it could potentially be the Game of the Year.


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