Official job postings on Sucker Punch’s website point to a possible Ghost of Tsushima 2 in the works

PlayStation Studios has been on a roll lately. The company’s new business strategy is to launch as many exclusive titles on computer as possible to take advantage of this Master Race crowd. But PlayStation carefully chooses to release only old PC games, never new ones. Concrete example, Horizon zero dawn was made available on PC just in time for when the hype for its sequel, which was exclusive to the PS5 and still is, was starting to build.

This way, PC gamers can enjoy great games that come with the added zest of being an ex-exclusive. But, at the same time, Sony is attracting them, and now they’re hooked and invested in this new world. But to explore further they have to get the sequel and for that they have to board the PlayStation ship and get the console. It’s basically a deliberate trap.

So far, most modern PlayStation exclusives have made their way to (or about to) PC. These include classics like God of the war, The last of us, Unexploredand even Spider Man. However, one game in particular avoided this mass porting and that is Phantom from Tsushima.

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Action-stealth adventure Samurai returned to PS4 in 2020 and has since seen much critical and commercial acclaim with the game even receiving a full standalone multiplayer experience as DLC, all for free. It’s safe to say that Ghost of Tsushima is Sucker Punch’s biggest game to date and a very famous entry in the family of PlayStation exclusives.

And that’s exactly why rumors of a possible sequel in the making pose some interesting implications for the original. If the rumors and reports are indeed true, it would suggest Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PC very soon. After all, it wouldn’t make sense to keep a single game out of the other platform, especially if a sequel is coming that would entice gamers to shell out for a brand new PS5.

Ghost of Tsushima 2?

A new thread on the ResetEra forums highlighted the possibilities of a Ghost of Tsushima 2 by highlighting new job openings. The thread is derived from information originally discovered by Tech4Gamers a few days ago regarding the same job offers. Although there are a number of openings on the Sucker Punch website, a good portion of them contain material that might relate to our interests.

There are two job offers, one for one Senior fight Designate and the other for Technical fight Design which include very interesting descriptions. Both of these messages require developers to have “played previously shipped Sucker Punch titles” which immediately tells us that this is a new game in an established franchise.

Now, Ghost of Tsushima is far from Sucker Punch’s first major IP. The studio was both behind the Sly Cooper series and the recent Infamous games, so they’re no strangers to large-scale work. Therefore, these listings could be hinting at a revival of one of these franchises rather than Ghost of Tsushima.

After all, there were plenty of rumors surrounding an infamous new game announced last year and a new Sly Cooper game has been reported for ages at this point. That being said, if you look at the details of the job descriptions, you will notice that they ask for combat technical experience saying “experience working on gameplay or combat in a 3rd person action game”.

This screams Ghost of Tsushima to me, unless Sucker Punch decided to work on another GOT-like action game for some reason. What really seals the deal is the third job posting that’s been spotted and that’s for “dating designer”. Part of the job description reads as follows:

Offer interesting and varied encounters in an open-world game, with a strong emphasis on melee combat and stealth.

If nothing mentioned so far has convinced you that Ghost of Tsushima 2 is in development, this should. This sentence perfectly sums up the whole gameplay aspect of Ghost of Tsushima. Additionally, the descriptions also include mentions that this project is an open-world AAA game which just seals the deal, honestly.

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Now, the reason we’re not jumping out of our seats excitedly about any of this is that there’s been no official confirmation from Sucker Punch, PlayStation, or Sony of a GOT sequel in the works. Usually, game studios announce well in advance that a sequel has been greenlit and production is due to begin soon, but we haven’t received any news on this for Ghost of Tsushima 2.

However, in this industry, some announcements are best kept as surprises and maybe this one could be one. Best case scenario, we get a new Ghost of Tsushima game and everyone rejoices. Worst-case scenario, this could be another AAA stealth action game from the genius minds at Sucker Punch. Either way, it’s a win-win situation and we can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

Kimberly B. Nguyen