Ghost of Tsushima is getting an enhanced Director's Cut on the PS4 and PS5

An epic way to celebrate the game's first anniversary!

Andrew Goldfarb - Communications Manager of Sucker Punch Productions - has announced the Ghost of Tsushima: Directors Cut on the PlayStation Blog last week. 

The enhanced Director's Cut edition will be available for PS4 and PS5 players alike, including a new island to explore and all of the content released for the original game. The edition will be available on the 20th of August.

Sucker Punch explains that Jin's brand new adventure will occur on the neighbouring island known as Iki, which the Mongols also evaded. This storyline will follow Jin as he investigates the rumours of Mongol presence, but a whirlwind of events causes "him to relive some traumatic moments from his past".

The adventure promises new characters, tonnes of new environments to explore, new armour for Jin and his horse, mini-games, new techniques, new enemy types, new trophies to unlock and even new animals to pet… MONKEYS!! (though we do love our Kitsune!).

Ghost-of-Tsushima-Iki-Island

A new patch is also on the way

Those who already own Ghost of Tsushima will also receive a few updates in a new patch that will address multiple issues that users have brought up since the launch. 

  • New accessibility options for alternate controller layouts
  • Option to enable a target lock-on during combat
  • Option to hide your quiver during gameplay

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is also set to receive some new updates - but for now, Sucker Punch are keeping their cards close as to what the latest patch will bring.

Exclusive features for the PS5 version

While the Director’s Cut will be available on both platforms, Sony and Sucker Punch Productions have decided to give PlayStation 5 players access to additional features. 

Dynamic 4K resolution targeting 60fps

  • DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive trigger resistance
  • 3D audio with stereo headphones (analogue or USB)
  • Lip sync for Japanese voiceover (after loud input about the lack thereof)
  • Ability to transfer PS4 saved progress to the PS5 game

Ghost of Tsushima - Director's Cut is available to preorder on the PlayStation Store, now ready to play on the 20th August, for both PS4 £59.99 and PS5 £69.99 ($59.99 USD on PS4, $69.99 USD on PS5, and €69.99 EUR PS4, €79.99 EUR on PS5).

Those who buy the Director’s Cut from participating retailers will also receive:

  • Digital mini soundtrack with tracks from the original Ghost of Tsushima
  • Two new songs from Iki Island
  • Digital art book featuring a selection of art from Ghost of Tsushima 
  • Ten new pieces of Iki Island concept art.

If you’ve been intrigued by Ghost of Tsushima and haven’t played it yet, you can pre-order the Director’s Cut on the PS Store, and you will instantly get access to download the PS4 version. Once the Director’s Cut launches on the 20th of August, you will be able to transfer your progress across.

For fans who already have the original version, the upgrade will only cost them £15.99. However, if you want to upgrade from the original PS4 version of the game to PS5, it will come to £24.99.

However, if you happen to find yourself with a PS5 and the PS4 version of Ghost of Tsushima - Director’s Cut, the upgrade will only cost you £9.

As you can imagine, Sony and Sucker Punch Productions received a lot of fire for this from fans, as locking away next-gen features and charging £9 for updates that should be given free leaves a sour taste. 

One Reddit user - @ftkmatte, commented, "Goes straight to my 'buy when 80% off the list".  

Twitter user @That Lazy Otaku_ wrote, "Ngl the lip-sync should've been a base game thing already, but that's just me". 

Now, this isn't unusual for PlayStation, as they have done this for most of their new releases - as Sony seems to view the PS5 as a continuation of the PS4 from a more system situation, but treating them as two completely different entities when it comes to a retail standpoint. 

So users end up paying a considerable amount for a console-specific game rather than a platform version - unlike Microsoft with Xbox One and Xbox X/S etc. Meaning that PlayStation expects new PS5 owners to fork out extra when it comes to most new titles - and then complicates the price when both generations become involved. 

However, while some fans seem to be upset by this, the majority are just excited to get new content for Sucker Punch Productions hit game. So only time will tell how Sony’s complicated retail front will receive backlash (if it even does).