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Ghost of Tsushima’s multiplayer component, Legends, is being expanded and released as a standalone product.
Introduced in October 2020, some three months after Ghost of Tsushima’s release, Legends allows players to partner with friends to explore fantastical locations inspired by Japanese folk tales and mythology.
The multiplayer offering, which will remain free to players who own any version of Ghost of Tsushima, will be released standalone on PlayStation Store priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99 for PS4 or PS5.
Barring some cosmetics that can only be earned through the single-player campaign, it will be exactly the same experience available to all Ghost of Tsushima owners.
The headline addition, Rivals, is a brand-new mode launching on September 3, including new Trophies and cosmetics. It sees two teams of two competing to defeat waves of enemies.
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“With each defeated foe, you’ll collect Magatama that you can use to harm the other team,” Bridges explained. “For example, you can spend Magatama on Shades to block your opponents’ purchases, Curses (health drain, exploding bodies, etc), Hwacha fire, and more.
“Once you’ve spent enough Magatama, you’ll unlock Final Stand waves. Complete these before the opposing team to win!”
The Gear Mastery system, an expansion of Legends’ progression systems and rewards, will launch alongside Rivals.
“Players who’ve earned 110-level gear will now be able to bind it to a class and activate ‘Mastery Challenges’,” Bridges said. “This will allow a piece of gear’s Ki level to be upgraded to 120 and eventually unlock a second perk slot!
“As you activate Mastery Challenges, you can also unlock a new Ability and new Techniques for each class.”
New features will also be added to Legends via an update on August 20, the day Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is released.
These include a rebalanced Survival mode featuring shortened session length and new weekly Survival Nightmare challenge variants, plus additional cosmetics for players who’ve unlocked them in the single player game.
“In addition to all of the above, we’ll be adding a new piece of content each week from September 10 through October 1, including an additional Rivals map, new Survival maps inspired by Iki Island and Iyo’s realm, and Trials of Iyo, a new harder-difficulty version of last year’s Raid that offers challenges in bite-sized chunks, and offers a new set of online leaderboards,” Bridges said.
Owners of the standalone version of Legends will be able to upgrade to Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut for $40 / €50 /£44 (PS4) or $50 / €60 / £54 (PS5).