A new road
The game setting comes from a historical fact that actually happened: the battle between the Mongol empire and the Japanese empire. During the thirteenth century, the famous Mongolian leader Kublai Khan undertook an expansionist war that led to the capitulation of northern China and Korea under its own dominion. Following these successes, Japan, at that time under the Hojo dynasty, became Khan’s new goal. Ghost of Tsushima will revive the first Mongol invasion that took place in 1274 in the homonymous Japanese island through the eyes of a samurai.
Although two minutes of trailer does not allow you to make predictions on plot and gameplay, however, they are enough to appreciate the cure in creating the context and raise the hype.
Beyond the wonderful naturalistic landscapes and the views devoted to the physical and spiritual preparation of Japanese warriors, what strikes is the solemnity that accompanies the entire direction, both in visual and narrative terms. The voice that occupies the first part of the video, belonging to a Mongolian soldier, addresses our protagonist with terms that refer to military rigor, philosophy of life, and typically Oriental tenacity.
The same developers have admitted that they are succubs of exotic charm, so they recognize that such a project deserves the utmost attention in terms of atmosphere.Ghost of Tsushima wants to be even bigger and more immersive. In this regard, Jason Connell, Art Director of the title, said the gaming world will be very wide, and this will be noticeable both in the setting (observing the trailer, villages and temples alternating with clearings, woods and shores) that in the number of secondary characters with whom interact.
The Samurai Way
In addition to the context, which certainly attracts and looks good, the character of the protagonist is unclear. On the other hand, the trailer moves in a cryptic manner, but it seems that our hero has abandoned the samurai’s path after defeat, to become a ghost (reference to the name of the game) that works in the dark. Why this passage? In reality, the Samurai caste
was based on the concept of honor. When a samurai failed to adhere to his or her goals, or resorted to suicide ( Seppuku ) to regain lost respect, or became a reindeer ( Ronin ) without a master. In the trailer, the protagonist is on the verge of defeat, as the phrase ” Do you surrender ?” (” You surrender?“) offered by the Mongolian soldier. This will be the key event that will characterize our character, not only at the character level but also in terms of gameplay, given the obvious look change in the video referring to the ninjas.
Two Worlds Compared
Since it was pulled out, Ghost of Tsushima’s gameplay is another element wrapped in the mystery. Just in the end of the trailer you can see our protagonist kill spectacularly the opponents, but for the rest we have no applause. However, history can come together to figure out how gameplay will be played, at least as far as duels are concerned.
The samurai were aristocratic warriors who were relying on individual combat through the katana. A vision that totally deviated from the modus operandiMongolian, which was based on the use of explosives, bow and arrows, and clashes on horseback. If the previous assumption is correct, and therefore the protagonist will adopt both samurai and ninja techniques, one might hypothesize that the duel approach will be reasoned and stealthy. This assumption finds value in the final scenes cited earlier, but it is really too little to be able to draw certainties.