Reddit source says this is huge…
According to an article earlier today from PSU, Sucker Punch’s latest Ghost of Tsushima DLC is going to be a big one. A tester for the latest DLC discussed in a Reddit post (I know…) the upcoming Iki Island expansion would have roughly 15-20hrs worth of playtime and content. This tester also claimed Iki Island would be the same size as the bottom half of Tsushima and would add new features such as wildlife that hasn’t been seen before in the game. In the Playstation blog post discussing the latest addition, Sucker Punch revealed new armor for both Jin and his horse and loads more that players will enjoy.
This very same blog post has also stated a few other updates and additions that players will get to enjoy:
All players will receive a patch with some new accessibility options for alternate controller layouts, as well as the option to enable a target lock-on during combat. And for the person who tweets at us all the time asking for an option to hide your quiver during gameplay: yes, we’ll be adding that, too!
Finally, for Ghost of Tsushima: Legends fans, we’ll also be releasing some new updates, including an all-new mode that we’re excited to detail in the weeks to come. All Ghost of Tsushima: Legends*** updates will be available at no additional charge to owners of any version of Ghost of Tsushima on either platform.
Here’s where the trouble amongst gamers comes in; the pricing. For anyone upgrading their PS4 copy to the latest edition, it will cost them $19.99, and they can upgrade to the PS5 version at any time for an additional $9.99. For those of us coming from the PS4 version and going directly to the PS5 version, it’ll cost $29.99. A lot of people have been confused and even “outraged” by this pricing model and called it anti-consumer. Their reason for saying this the constant comparison to Xbox’s Smart Delivery program that allows players to upgrade their game’s graphical enhancements if they’re coming from…whatever the last-gen Xbox was to the Xbox Series S|X. Again, THESE ARE JUST GRAPHICAL ENHANCEMENTS! Sony/Sucker Punch isn’t locking just locking those enhancements behind a paywall, they’re adding features that were never built into the game to begin with.
Here’s some perspective for you. The release of the PS5 came with a few games at launch – Sackboy’s Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Demon Souls Remake. Of those three games, two of them also launched on the PS4. They didn’t charge for the PS5 upgrade because the features that were supposed to come with it (haptic feedback, 4k graphics, adaptive triggers) were most likely built into their code from the beginning. I purchased Sackboy’s Big Adventure for PS4 and upgraded to the PS5 (I couldn’t find a PS5 copy at launch) and I upgraded FOR FREE. Other people I know said the same applied to them with Spider-Man: Miles Morales. I will say that I don’t agree with the pricing model simply because it’s not necessary. In my opinion, it should’ve just been $30 across the board. That way you’re automatically giving players the PS5 upgrade when they buy the console…if they can get one despite console shortages.
Here’s another way to look at it: no one’s locking graphical upgrades behind a paywall – Square Enix released Final Fantasy 7: Remake Intergrade on PS5 recently, if you have the PS4 version you can get the 4k AND photo mode update for free and only pay $20 for the Yuffie DLC. You have to remember Sucker Punch gave us a multi-player DLC for free so I feel it’s only right for them to charge for their next expansion. It just so happens to be that they’re packaging it with PS5 console features, as I stated before, something that was never part of the original game. Add in the fact that (if Reddit sources are accurate) the DLC is about the size of most games now, 20hrs is a lot of time and content to sink your teeth into – and to give you some perspective on that, Horizon Zero Dawn‘s DLC titled The Frozen Winds was about 10hrs in total to complete. I’d say this expansion from Sucker Punch is well worth the price tag.
There’s always another option for gamers if they don’t agree with what’s being charged; just don’t buy it. No one is forcing this on you, it’s all up to you to decide if you want to buy this or not. I said this before with Pokemon and its DLC – gaming is a luxury, not a necessity. If you can’t afford it, don’t complain – get your money up!