Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is releasing this August for PS5 and PS4, and there is an upgrade path for PS4 players. But once again, Sony is shafting players, even those who fork out full price.
Sony has announced today, along with developer Sucker Punch, that Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is releasing on August 20th for PS5 and PS4 with some enhancements for the PS5 edition, and all-new content for both versions.
Let’s start with the good news – there’s some new stuff in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, specifically, Iki Island and a brand new story set on Tsushima’s neighbour. Not much has been said about what will happen here, but the PS Blog post notes there will be new armour for Jin and his horse, new mini-games to play, new enemies to slay, and even new animals to pet.
If you’ve left the PS4 behind (RIP jet engine fans in the living room) and are now gaming on the PS5, you’ll be getting the best version of the game as it comes with some PS5 specific features.
Ghost of Tsushima, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and Iki Island will all use the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. 3D audio is also in, as are options for 4K resolution and gameplay “targeting” 60FPS.
A nice surprise is the addition of Japanese lip-syncing for those who want to play the game with authentic Japanese-voiced characters. This is not going to be a feature on PS4, and it’s explained in the blog post that it’s due to the PS5 being able to render the cinematics in real-time.
That’s the good news out of the way. Now for the shafting.
If you already own Ghost of Tsushima on PS4, you can get the Director’s Cut for $19.99. That’s fair enough – you have the bog-standard version of the game but want the Director’s Cut with the extra content included, pay the fee. I can get behind that.
The shafting comes when you want to upgrade to the PS5 version. If you own the regular edition on PS4, you’ll have to pay $29.99 to upgrade to the PS5 Director’s Cut. This seems a bit steep. Why the extra tenner? Why isn’t it $19.99 like the upgrade from PS4 non-Director’s Cut to PS4 Director’s Cut?
Because if you’ve somehow managed to get a hold of a PS5 console, Sony reckons you should pay an extra $9.99 to play the next-gen version of its games. It’s stated in the blog post that if you own the PS4 Director’s Cut and want to play the PS5 version, you’ll have to pay $9.99 on top of the $19.99 for the privilege.
It might say ‘Pure PlayStation’ above our doors, but it doesn’t mean we can’t speak out about this. This is Activision levels of poor. On Xbox, you can download the next-gen version of every first-party published Microsoft game at zero extra cost. Granted, some of them are utter shite (Crackdown 3 was a disappointment for me) but still, it’s the principle, and Xbox is getting a lot more right than PlayStation at this moment in time.
“For the players.”