Ghost of Tsushima’s cinematic black and white mode is an interesting inclusion. It allows players to play the game in a grainy black and white visual style that is meant to pay homage to classic Japanese film. That said, Sucker Punch didn’t just slap an amusing filter on their game and call it a day. No, in fact they went to the estate of legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa himself to partner up and bring true authenticity to the Ghost of Tsushima cinematic mode.
Sucker Punch’s partnership with the Kurosawa estate was revealed in an exclusive feature on Entertainment Weekly, published on July 8, 2020. According to the feature, the team was so inspired by Kurosawa’s works that they actually sought to make what they called “Kurosawa Mode.”
“Akira Kurosawa was one of our reference guides, especially early on about how we wanted it to feel," Co-Creative Director Jason Connell explained. "As we got closer and closer to making that a reality, we were like, 'What do we call this special mode that we created?’ We thought, 'What would be awesome would be if we could call it Kurosawa Mode.' In order to do that, we felt that we needed to reach out to the estate and see if that's something they'd be interested in. We sent a short video showing what it generally looks like, what it feels like.”
Serious work was put into making such a mode worthy of the director of such fine films as Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Sanjuro. The team put effort into exploring the bend and grain of film around Kurosawa’s pinnacle of directing, the nature of the particular black and white hues, and the sound of old film productions.
“Our audio team have an internal tool that mimicked sounds of old TV and, specifically, megaphones, radios, TVs back to the '50s,” Connell revealed.
All of this put together makes for an altogether faithful experience to the many works that inspired Ghost of Tsushima. With the game hitting the 2020 gaming calendar on July 17, complete with a photo mode, it’s sure to be an experience that players with modern tastes and fans of the classic cinema of Kurosawa are likely to adore.
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