Ghost of Tsushima PC: Port Releasing Sooner than You Think

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Tayyab Shah
Tayyab Shah
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Sony has been surprising us lately with its recurrent retractions of the PlayStation Exclusive label. This has led us to believe that next up on that list is Ghost of Tsushima PC. When the first Samurai AAA game was revealed back in 2017, the majority of gamers experienced euphoria at the thought of traversing feudal Japan.

That bubble was soon burst when exclusivity entered the fray. Fast forward to 2022, who would’ve imagined being able to play God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Spiderman on anything but a PlayStation 4. Today, these facts do make a case for a fated Ghost of Tsushima PC port.

Although this isn’t all that we’re basing this conjecture on, a while back, multiple leaks such as the Nvidia 2.0 support had many PlayStation exclusives listed. The leak turned out to be somewhat true as all currently released PlayStation ports were on there, though the release windows may differ. Taking that into account, it certainly seems like a matter of time until Ghost of Tsushima heads over to PC.

Will there be a Ghost of Tsushima PC Port?

Amazon has been a peculiarly unexpected place to verify news when it comes to PlayStation ports. Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days gone, were both found to be heading to PC when the boxart was spotted featuring no “Only on PlayStation” label. Last year, coincidentally, Ghost of Tsushima also had a new boxart, and yes, without the exclusive printing.

You might ask if that should be enough to get your hopes up, and our answer is yes. With Sony meticulously planning to release its games on Steam, starting with Horizon Zero Dawn and now with Spiderman, it seems as if they’re aiming to diversify their reach.

However, in recent days, a new rumor has started to surface, claiming Ghost of Tsushima PC release date will be announced in the upcoming PlayStation showcase.

Alas, Sony has not given an official confirmation regarding this matter, so it might just be a shot in the dark. However, since PlayStation did announce they will be covering PC ports in events, we might see a Ghost of Tsushima PC release date by the end of 2023!

Sony’s take on the expansion

Executives at Sony commented on their current stratagem with,

“The games we’ve put out these past couple of years have been wonderful.”

“There’s no losing in this transaction. It’s allowing people to have a glimpse inside the PlayStation world.”

“We do value PC gamers, and we’ll continue to look at the right times to launch each game.”

The former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Shawn Layden had much to say when asked how he felt about the sudden interest in porting first-party titles to PC,

“… Because they’ve decided not to come to my house, so I’ve got to go their house now. And what’s the best way to go to their house? Why not take one of our top-selling games?”

The landing of Ghost of Tsushima on PC would shake up the community. The game looks jaw-dropping as is on base PS4, and with the added benefits of PC ray-tracing, uncapped frame rates, and custom resolution accessibility, it might set the gold standard for graphical representation.

Since releasing back in 2020, Ghost of Tsushima has now received a Director’s Cut, which includes the Iki Island expansion, Legends online co-op mode, and tons of digital goodies. Sucker Punch Productions did a magnificent job at developing the first ever open-world Samurai stealth slasher. However, the added production budget did help a lot.

Ghost of Tsushima PC port
Image: Sucker Punch Productions | Ghost of Tsushima

For someone who hasn’t had a chance to play Ghost of Tsushima yet, or isn’t that interested, you should irrefutably give it a whirl. The game is gorgeous, the combat mechanics are somewhat Souls-like meets Devil May Cry style-switching, and the challenge is brutal. The legend difficulty setting takes you out in one touch of the blade, so making use of the dodge button is a prerequisite.

Returnal is Headed to PC

It’s been a rough time for game developers due to the insurmountable leaks these past few weeks. First, a hacker decimated Rockstar’s security and leaked 90+ clips of GTA 6, and now Returnal, another PS5 exclusive, seems to have been leaked online.

A video that shows Returnal’s PC settings menu has become afloat. And though this isn’t an official confirmation, we’re pretty sure Returnal will arrive on Windows sooner or later. That just makes you wonder how long before every previously exclusive PlayStation title joins Windows. Horizon Zero Dawn was among the earliest Only on PlayStation titles to hit steam.

Returnal PC leak
Image: Returnal

It was obvious this was not only Sony’s attempt at entering the PC economy but also a marketing tactic to drive PS5 sales as Horizon Forbidden West’s launch was just around the corner. Then earlier in 2022, God of War received its PC port a while after Ragnarok was announced. The same was the case with the recent Spider-Man Remastered, and Miles Morales PC version as Spider-Man 2 is coming in 2023. Who’s to say Ghost of Tsushima might be next?

Returnal’s Impact on Ghost of Tsushima

Now there’s Returnal. Intriguingly, Returnal doesn’t follow this pattern of PC ports before a sequel is released. This is probably due to it not selling well compared to other Sony AAA titles.

The game has sold more than 560,000 copies right now. Though that’s an impressive number, it doesn’t cover the cost of major AAA titles. And hence, there’s your reason for the PC port of Returnal. As for the Ghost of Tsushima PC Port, it seems inevitable.

Sony’s been putting the pedal to the metal at sending its games over to PC and still shows no signs of slowing down. The Last of Us Part 1 Remake for the PS5 is out, and we deduce that both it and Ghost of Tsushima will definitely launch in 2023 for Windows. But until then, here’s hoping that comes to fruition.

Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Date

The latest entry into the “not-so PlayStation exclusive line-up” has been God of War. The game was released earlier this year in January. In a State of Play held on 3 June, it was announced that next up on PlayStation’s Port roster was Spider-Man Remastered, which was later released on 12 August 2022.

It’s clear from the meticulously placed release dates of their ports that they don’t want any of their releases to overlap. Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding were made available in 2020, whereas Days Gone was up for grabs in May 2021. All these further hint toward an imminent Ghost of Tsushima PC port.

Pairing those well-placed timings with Sony’s natural tenacity in expanding over to the windows economy, we expect updates soon. Ghost of Tsushima will likely be a newcomer to PC, just not in 2022.

At the moment, there’s barely any sort of definitive release date to look forward to. There isn’t even a cryptic tweet from Sucker Punch that’ll send gamers down a spiral of endless speculation. But if we were to take an educated guess, we’d say next year. So you can expect a Ghost of Tsushima PC release date to be sometime in Q3 2023.

Intriguingly, we also think that the release could be coupled with a Ghost of Tsushima 2 announcement. This appears to be a monetary play by Sony. It’s well known that after the Horizon Zero Dawn port, there was a huge surge in demand for the PS5.

Many users pointed it out as them wanting to claim the sweet PC revenue. Ironically, Sony has already announced projected sales worth a whopping $300 million.

Ghost of Tsushima 2 Leak – Encounter Designer Listing

Basically, Sucker Punch spelled it out for us that Ghost of Tsushima 2 is already in the pre-production stage. This omen happens to arise from a listing on the official studio website. It features an open position as an Encounter Designer.

Encounter designers are the people who spend massive hours making wonderfully rich open-world encounters. And we often so happen to miss out on those as we’re busy rushing through the main quest line. Yes, those random dudes popping up are made by these guys.

The listing is still open, and the literal first requirement seems to be very interesting. It reads, “anyone who can design engaging open-world encounters for a game heavily focussed on combat and stealth.” We all know Sucker Punch Productions has only ever made 3 IPs for PlayStation. They are; Sly Cooper, Infamous, and Ghost of Tsushima. News flash, Infamous, and Sly Cooper don’t fit the bill.

Ghost of Tsushima has already sold over 9.73 million copies for the PS4 and PS5. These are massive numbers, and considering what potential the PC market holds, not only can we expect a follow-up to the title but a port as well. Now, with more and more “Only on PlayStation” games being revoked their licenses, windows might become the ultimate gaming space.

Will Ghost of Tsushima be Released on Steam?

Steam holds the highest regard when it comes to accessing video games. It’s typically a done deal if you’re wondering whether or not a game will be available there. So when it comes to the question of whether Ghost of Tsushima will be available on Steam? It is all but confirmed.

Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Date
Image: Sucker Punch Productions | Ghost of Tsushima

Sure, the Epic Games Store exists, but Steam’s reach is way more ample. Though that isn’t always the case, God of War was released earlier this year simultaneously on both services.

Either way, if Ghost of Tsushima releases on Steam or the Epic Store, it’s still a win-win situation for PC gamers. It’d be exciting to have a Triple-A samurai title for PC as well. If an announcement does happen, it’ll likely be at a serious event. So keep an eye out for any upcoming State of Play. Who knows, you might find just what you’re looking for.

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4 Comments
    • Yeah you’re right about that. Why I didn’t take Sekiro into consideration though was because it’s more a fantasy samurai, while Ghost of Tsushima is a traditional samurai title in that regard.
      But thank you for pointing that out! Will be more clearer next time.

      • Cory, I think you will find that Shinobi could be more accurately be described as a spy, or infiltrator. The required loyalty, intelligence, skills and dedication meant that shinobi were usually, but not exclusively, samurai. Ninja is a nebulous term that may actually only be applicable to certain “clans” or families. While spies and assassins have existed since antiquity (the Sun Tzu, from 500BCE, gives them their own chapter) Ninja may very well be a later Edo period (1600 and later) invention. I am not saying ninja didn’t exist, just that samurai could act as Shinobi too.

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