Ghost of Tsushima: Two developers become real island ambassadors
Ghost of Tsushima continues to overflow into reality, with the two directors of Sucker Punch officially becoming Tsushima Island ambassadors.
Ghost of Tsushima it is assuming an increasingly important meaning also for the real one Tsushima islandin Japan, so much so that it prompted the region’s authorities to nominate ambassadors two senior developers of Sucker Punch, the game director Nate Fox and creative director Jason Connell.
Obviously this is a mostly formal charge, all centered on tourism promotion on the island of Tsushima, but it is remarkable to see such an opening by a Japanese administration towards a western game and foreign developers.
On the other hand, it is not the first time that we have seen this mixture of video game and reality as far as Ghost of Tsushima is concerned: some time ago, a group of players and fans of the title Sucker Punch for PS4 had given a significant boost to the crowdfunding organized by the priest Yuichi Hirayama, resident of Tsushima, to restore a portal on the island damaged by a strong typhoon.
Now comes a official recognition to the developers, in particular to the directors of the game, who will be officially appointed tourist ambassadors of the island of Tsushima with a ceremony that will be celebrated online, in compliance with the anti-Covid-19 regulations.
Within the initiative, Sony Interactive Entertainment will work with local governments to organize a promotional campaign for tourism on the island, seeking in this way to broaden the knowledge of the geographical area and its history to a wider audience.
“Fox and Connell have exported Tsushima’s name and history all over the world in a wonderful way,” said Hiroki Hitakatsu, mayor of Tsushima, “even many Japanese do not know the history of the Gen-ko period. When it comes to the world, the name and setting of Tsushima have remained practically unknown so far, so I cannot thank them enough for having told our story through that phenomenal graphics and deep story, “said Hitakatsu.
Ghost of Tsushima had totaled sales of over five million copies last November, with a figure likely to increase in recent months.