In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sucker Punch’s Darren Bridges (a senior game designer with the studio) revealed a new co-op multiplayer mode for their hit game Ghost of Tsushima, which will be a free download this fall.
Titled Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and with a suitably stylish teaser trailer to go with it, Bridges lays out the premise for this new mode. “Legends is an entirely new experience — it’s a separate mode that doesn’t follow Jin or the companions from his journey, but instead focuses on four warriors who have been built up as legends in stories told by the people of Tsushima. Ghost of Tsushima’s single-player campaign focuses on an open world and exploring the natural beauty of the island. Still, Legends is haunting and fantastical, with locations and enemies inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology and an emphasis on cooperative combat and action.”
Players will be able to choose one of four classes: Samurai, Ronin, Hunter, and Assassin. Each class will have distinct abilities and skills with which they’ll fight, along with individual basic skills (such as the Grappling Hook) globally available to all. Two players can team up to make their way through a series of Story missions, building off the skills in the single-player game but adding in mystical flavoring and timing mechanics to ensure a genuine partnership as the challenges increase. Four players will be able to take on Survival missions, where waves of enemies try to overwhelm the heroes, including oni enemies wielding supernatural abilities. And, shortly after its initial release, Legends will have a “Raid” mission, promising “a brutal, terrifying enemy” for players to cross swords with.
As far as forming parties, Sucker Punch will be offering online matchmaking as well as letting existing friends team-up. Further details, such as information on each of the classes’ unique abilities as well as customization, will be coming out closer to launch. If you wanted a little more magic and mysticism out of Ghost of Tsushima, your prayers would be answered soon.