Sucker Punch Production’s Ghost of Tsushima has been a huge hit on the PlayStation 4. The open world action adventure set the record for 2.4 million sales in it’s first 3 days, according to Sony.
Now, Game Director Nate Fox and Creative Director Jason Connell have been named permanent ambassadors of the real island of Tsushima as first reported by Video Game Chronicles.
And to celebrate the occasion, the city is also collaborating with Sony Interactive Entertainment setting up a new tourism campaign based on the hit game.
“They spread the name and history of Tsushima to the whole world in such a wonderful way. Even a lot of Japanese people do not know the history of the Gen-ko period. When it comes to the world, the name and location of Tsushima is literally unknown, so I cannot thank them enough for telling our story with such phenomenal graphics and profound stories.”Tsushima mayor Hiroki Hitakatsu
This is really awesome news. It shows the true power of video games and how video games can serve a greater purpose.
In November, a typhon hit the island and destroyed Torii gate. Yuichi Hirayama, a priest at Tsushima’s Watatsumi Shrine, created a crowdfunding page to help rebuild the gate. The crowdfunding project ended with more than 540% of its stated goal. Fans of the game are believed to have helped in the project.
“We have received a great deal of support from the players of the Ghost of Tsushima game set in Tsushima, and I feel that it is God’s guidance. I am very grateful for the support of so many people during a cramped life due to the coronavirus and the challenging economic situation.”Yuichi Hirayama writing on the Crowdfunding page
Again, this is awesome. So many people want to hate on video games for their violence and brainwashing players minds or some crap. Not that some games (and gamers) don’t deserve their fair criticisms but there is also good and good news in the power of video games.
Once this pandemic is over (or should I say if it ever truly ends) and the world can go back to normal, hopefully this will bring lots of tourism to the island.
I bought this game and played it for about one hour on it’s release date and never touched it again. I need to get back to it. I know the Head Brah has been playing it and loving it lately.