Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut confirmed for August 20th on PS5 and PS4

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The rumoured Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut is real and it is coming to PS5 and PS4 on August 20th. It will include extra content, updated next-gen graphics, more enemies, haptic feedback, Japanese lip-sync, and more.


PS5 is getting the bulk of the upgrades for Sucker Punch's superb samurai game. A dynamic 4K resolution will make the game look even prettier — impressive considering the absolutely jaw-dropping graphical detail the game already features. Haptic feedback is confirmed in the trailer, but is yet to be detailed other than featuring adaptive triggers when drawing the bow (classic). 3D Audio and improved load times are also confirmed. There will be Japanese lip-sync — thank you, thank you so much — but it appears this will only be available on PS5. According to the PlayStation Blog post, the PS5 is the only version that can perform this translation function because of "the PS5’s ability to render cinematics in real-time." Shoutout to there being more animals to pet, as well. If you are upgrading from PS4 to PS5, your save file can come with you, so you don't need to fret about losing progress. Also, it sounds like we'll be getting a second trophy stack, so hopefully there won't be any issues when porting over your save data so you can get that easy second Platinum.

The really good stuff is that the rumoured single-player DLC taking place on Ikishima island is confirmed to be a part of the Director's Cut. Called Iki Island in-game, the new area is located right next to Tsushima and was also invaded by the Mongols. The content will offer more story, more enemies, more exploration, and more trophies. Apparently, things are going to get personal for Jin in the narrative and it will take place between the events of Acts 2 and 3, because that is when the content becomes accessible in-game. Apparently, more is coming soon on this, so keep your eyes peeled for the inevitable State of Play.

Outside of the PS5-only additions and the extra single-player content in the Director's Cut, a patch will allow players to remap the controller, enable lock-on during combat, and hide the quiver during combat. Congratulations to the one person who was constantly tweeting the dev team about the quiver and has finally gotten their way. Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is getting more content as well, including a new game mode, that will be patched into the game for free.

Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut

You can preorder an upgrade to the Director's Cut on PS4 for $19.99, which is then upgradable to the PS5 version for $9.99. Alternatively, you can go straight from the base PS4 version to the PS5 Director's Cut for $29.99. This option will be made available on the day of release, with additional details revealed closer to launch. The preorder package, which you can see above, is also part of the $59.99 full purchase on PS4 and the $69.99 purchase on PS5 either physically or digitally. If you preorder, you will receive "a digital mini soundtrack with tracks from the original Ghost of Tsushima as well as two new songs from Iki Island, and a digital artbook featuring a selection of art from Ghost of Tsushima as well as ten new pieces of Iki Island concept art." Digital preorders on the PS Store will get you the original Ghost of Tsushima so you can put in a few hours before the Director's Cut launches on August 20th.

Are you in? Is this an instant preorder, a wait-and-see, or are you already finished and done with the game? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.