Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, a free online co-op mode inspired by Japanese mythology, will be available to owners of the original Ghost of Tsushima later this year.
While Ghost of Tsushima’s single-player campaign focused on Jin as “an open world and exploring the natural beauty of the island,” this new co-op mode won’t actually follow Jin or his companions from the story at all – instead, it will focus on four warriors who have been built up as legends in stories told by the people of Tsushima. It’s said to be “haunting and fantastical, with locations and enemies inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology and an emphasis on cooperative combat and action.”
Even better news, the content will be free. Developer Sucker Punch confirmed that “There are no microtransactions in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and we have absolutely no plans to add them. All of the content is unlocked through play.”
Legends will be exclusively co-op, and it can be played with friends or via online matchmaking in groups of 2-4 players. There will also be four different character classes to choose from – the Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, or Assassin, each with unique advantages and abilities that will be revealed in the future.
“With two players in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, you’ll be able to play a series of co-op Story missions that escalate in difficulty, building on the foundation of combat from the single-player campaign but with new magical twists that often require careful synchronization with your partner.” said the blog post.
“With four players, you’ll be able to take on wave-based Survival missions, fighting groups of the toughest enemies Tsushima has to offer, Including new Oni enemies with supernatural abilities.”
The free co-op expansion will also feature a four-player Raid that will arrive shortly after the launch of this new mode, and it will send “you and your partners to an entirely new realm to challenge a brutal, terrifying enemy.”
In my review of Ghost of Tsushima, I said “Ghost of Tsushima provides a captivating, engaging and lovingly crafted open world to explore that makes it difficult to put the controller down, even after the end credits have rolled. The development team have done an incredible job of taking the much adored samurai genre and creating an adventure featuring a wandering samurai that is both beautiful to look at and gratifying to slice through its many, many opponents.”
Given how much I loved the original, I can’t wait to dive in with some friends for some more samurai fun. We expect more details on Ghost of Tsushima: Legends in the coming months.