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Tsushima’s ghost made its way west like a dragon: Ishin!, says Dev



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It’s been noted many times up to this point, but Ghost of Tsushima really struck a chord with Japanese gamers and developers. Sony’s brilliant open world title — first released in 2020 — enjoyed huge success in the country it was set in, and you may recall that former RGG studio boss Toshihiro Nagoshi was totally blown away by Jin Skye’s adventures. was

Even at the time, Nagoshi’s words left fans wondering whether or not the SEGA outfit would move to localize its Yakuza Samurai spinoff games Kenzan and Ishin in the West off the back of Ghost’s success. The speculation erupted when former RGG Studio producer Daisuke Sato echoed the ghost of Tsushima’s success, and hinted that it would be an “opportune” time to finally release Kenzan and Isshin 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 next year. And guess what? It seems that Tsushima’s ghost played an important role in that decision.

In a new interview with Fanbyte, current RGG Studio producer Masayoshi Yokoyama admits that Ghost’s influence helped the team decide that a new, global Ishin! It was the right call. “We saw how well Ghost of Tsushima worked, and how it was about this American-made Japanese setting, it gave us confidence that Ishin! could do well in America,” says Yokoyama. is

Of course, Isshin! Not the only samurai game that is haunted It seems To influence in some way. We’ve got Assassin’s Creed Red and the newly announced Ronin expansion coming to PS5 in the next two years, and although the latter has reportedly been in development for a long time, it’s still fair to assume that Tsushima’s Ghost unleashed is Floodgates It will be very interesting to see how all these samurai games compete against each other, especially since Ghost of Tsushima 2 is all but inevitable.


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