For Sony's last State of Play of 2019, Sucker Punch Productions' Ghost of Tsushima was an odds-on favorite for what would close out the presentation. Indeed we did see a little bit more of Tsushima, but were left waiting for a full trailer set to premiere at The Game Awards later this week.
This State of Play teaser marks the first new footage we've seen of Ghost of Tsushima in over a year. First announced in 2017 at Paris Games Week, we later got an extended look at Sucker Punch's samurai adventure at Sony's E3 2018 showcase. Since then, Sucker Punch and Sony have kept the game under wraps. As noted after the State of Play teaser, Ghost of Tsushima is still confirmed to be a PS4 title—so despite being a no-show for quite some time, it seems that the project hasn't switched tracks to next-gen development.
In Ghost of Tsushima, players will take on the role of Jin, a samurai tasked with protecting his island homeland from invading Mongol forces. As opposed to Sucker Punch's Infamous titles, which prominently featured karma systems in their storytelling, Tsushima will focus on the history-inspired conflict at hand.
Presumably, Ghost of Tsushima will be one of the last major PS4 exclusives from a Sony-owned studio to ship for the console. With Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 2 delayed from a February release to May 29, 2020, one has to wonder how Tsushima will fit into Sony's release calendar. With titles like the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077 and the newly-announced Resident Evil 3 remake crowding the spring calendar, perhaps we'll see a release for Tsushima in the summer or even later, placing it less than six months away from the projected launch of the PS5.
According to host Geoff Keighley, Ghost of Tsushima's full Game Awards trailer will debut alongside reveals for around 10 previously unannounced projects. The Game Awards 2019 will air on Twitch on December 12, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.
For more on Ghost of Tsushima, check out our guide to everything we've learned about the title so far.