Ghost Of Tsushima is a PS4 exclusive title and we got a closer look at what the game has to offer at E3 2018. It seems that Ghost Of Tsushima might not be as historically accurate as we first thought and will deviate from history, but that is going to be done in order to please the players. According to Sucker Punch co-founder Chris Zimmerman:
We’re going to deviate from historical truth, [but] we just want to do it intentionally. A lot of the support we get from our friends from Sony in Japan, and our Japanese friends in Sony US, and all the cultural consultants we’ve assembled to help us do this stuff, is to make sure we don’t deviate accidentally. There are things we are going to do that are different and we want to choose those wisely. […] The challenge for us, making a game, in an original story but taking place in a real historical time, is making sure we’re telling a story that people can relate to. When we are deviating from this historical truth, we are doing it to stop you from snagging on stuff.
In this case, I would call deviating from history an exaggeration. I am sure that the developers are going to do a fine job when it comes to getting the facts right. The way they are going to do so might be a little exaggerated and that is justified, movies are often exaggerated in order to make scenes more appealing to the people, in order to make it “cool”. I am sure players are not going to have an issue with this form of deviance from history. He further went on to mention:
If you have an idea about what samurai look like or how they act or how they think, we’re going to give that to you. Most people’s idea is really based on an idea of samurai which is really more of a [16th to 18th] century idea of samurai. 13th century, historically, is pretty different. In terms of how they fought, what they wore, it doesn’t match your expectations. […] The armor that you see him wear, it’s not 13th century armor. Because, honestly, the 13th century armor is pretty jarring looking, it’s not what you’d expect. It’s really boxy. It doesn’t look aspirational.”
So there you have it, Ghost Of Tsushima won’t be perfect when it comes to historical accuracy but it is not something that should bother you. We do not have a release date for the game so stay tuned for further updates.
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