It's been noted numerous times up until this point, but Ghost of Tsushima really did strike a chord with Japanese gamers and developers. Sony's excellent open world title — first released in 2020 — enjoyed a lot of success in the nation that it was portraying, and you may remember that former RGG Studio boss Toshihiro Nagoshi was absolutely bowled over by Jin Sakai's adventure.
Even back then, Nagoshi's words had fans wondering whether the SEGA outfit would move to localise its Yakuza samurai spinoff games Kenzan and Ishin here in the West, off the back of Ghost's success. This speculation then exploded when former RGG Studio producer Daisuke Sato reiterated Ghost of Tsushima's prowess, and hinted that it would be the "opportune" time to finally release Kenzan and Ishin overseas.
And now here we are in 2022, and Like a Dragon: Ishin! — a full-on remake of Ishin — has been confirmed for a global release in February of next year. And guess what? It sounds like Ghost of Tsushima played an important role in that decision.
In a new interview with Fanbyte, current RGG Studio producer Masayoshi Yokoyama admits that Ghost's impact helped the team decide that a new, worldwide Ishin! was the right call. "We saw how well Ghost of Tsushima did, and how it was about this very Japanese setting made by Americans, so that gave us confidence Ishin! could do well in America too," Yokoyama says.
Of course, Ishin! isn't the only samurai game that Ghost seems to have influenced in some way. We've got Assassin's Creed Red and the freshly announced Rise of the Ronin coming to PS5 in the next couple of years, and although the latter has reportedly been in development for a long time, it's still fair to assume that Ghost of Tsushima has opened the floodgates. It'll be very interesting to see how all of these samurai games compete with one another, especially since Ghost of Tsushima 2 is all but inevitable.
Well in that case, thank you Suckerpunch lol. This will be a good appetiser ahead of the later Yakuza games.
Edit: Sorry. I'm forever calling these games Yakuza.
Exactly what went through my mind while I was watching State of Play. GoT is such a remarkable game with lasting impression, it's hard to even rate it with existing rubric.
It's really starting to feel like the PS1 and PS2 glory days when it comes to both samurai and Japanese games in general on PlayStation. I've been thinking about games like Tenchu, Onimusha and Way of the Samurai a lot lately.
Lots of thanks to GoT for giving us all the kick we needed.
Tsushima is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn't it. The game itself was great and now it's indirectly responsible for Ishin finally coming west.
It's not a coincidence that at a certain point of Ghost Of Tsushima being revealed, a number of games set in feudal Japan have gone into production. Considering that what filled the gap between Tenchu and GoT was a couple Samurai Warriors and Way Of The Samurai games, you'd be forgiven for thinking old timey Japanese games weren't big.
Edit: Maybe Nioh was the precursor to Ghost Of Tsushima?
@BeerIsAwesome I had that same thought about Nioh myself.
It's in a kind of grey area between Onimusha and Dark Souls.
One of my first thoughts when I first saw Ghost of Tsushima was just "Why are there so few samurai games? Talk about untapped potential." I'm glad I was not alone. Looking forward to all of the upcoming feudal Japan set games pretty much!
It's too bad AC Black Flag didn't have the same effect on single player story focused games set in the Golden Age of Pirates. Black Flag is still the best Pirate game we got.
@Shepherd_Tallon I couldn't possibly name every feudal Japan game between two points, but if they don't spring to mind immediately, then it can be argued that they weren't huge successes.
@uptownsoul I can't disagree. The Yakuza series didn't get big until Zero, and 5 almost didn't even come out at all. I think it just happened to be the perfect storm of a super successful PS4 compared to the middling PS3 that has benefited so many Japanese developers and games.
Ghost of Tsushima was amazing, I can't wait for Ishin, let's hope for Kenzan next
I really loved GoT and Way of the Samurai. But, other than those two, the only Samurai games I can think of were over the top anime type rubbish, which I think killed off any real interest in the genre. So if it's more of that incoming god forbid.
@Shepherd_Tallon I initially thought Rise of the Ronin might be a new Way of the Samurai when the trailer started up during the showcase.
@Starkei I honestly thought the same thing. I went back and forth between Tenchu and Way of the Samurai.
Ominusha? Bushido Blade? Dynasty Warriors? There's been plenty of non Anime style Samurai games aside from the two you mentioned.
Not a fan of GoT, played it for 20 hours but just couldn't get into it. Too generic open world for me but as a huge Yakuza fan, I am very grateful that we not only get Ishin in the west but a full on remake! Hype times for Yakuza fans.
@PegasusActual93 No, they are all exactly what I described. Over the top and Anime "style". I didn't say they were Anime but they take the fantasy, over the top, theme. Not what I want at all.
Okay I guess you could argue Dynasty Warriors is over the top but Bushido Blade doesn't have any fantastical elements and features very realistic melee combat and in the first few Ominusha games at least the fantastical elements are never over the top and are of the downplayed horror based variety.
Always nice to hear the impact GoT made on JP developers.
Yakuza fans would have bought this regardless of Ghost.
Heck, I'll buy a Yakuza Dead Souls remake, or remakes of the PSP Gaiden games if they did it
@PegasusActual93 Hold on, are we both talking about the same Bushido Blade? The 1997 one with good old Japanese broadswords and the stereotypical Japanese feudal helicopter landing pad?
Because if we are I revert to my original statement.
I'm not saying they're bad games. Just they're not what I'm looking for. Take cowboy games as an example. I'm looking for Red Dead Redemption not RDR Undead nightmare.
There's a distinct lack of Samurai games like GoT and, for me, if the influx of "influenced" games is going to be more akin to the ones you've mentioned, you'll be happy, I won't be bothering.
Admittingly I haven't played it in years and forgot there was a helipad. I remember that just being asphalt.
Even ubisoft are at it with the JPN based game now
@Shepherd_Tallon I had completely forgotten about the big wave of japan based PS2 games until you mentioned that.
Also what others have said, nioh definitely helped as well.
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