As what could be one of the final AAA first-party games for the PlayStation 4, Ghost of Tsushima ended this generation on a very high note. But if you have already played the game, or perhaps platinum’ed it, now might be the best time to pop the game disc back in and continue your adventure! Since launch, the development team at Sucker Punch Productions has been working on the ‘Legends’ update, which introduces a new cooperative multiplayer mode for the superlative samurai epic.
Incorporated as Ghost of Tsushima’s Version 1.1 update, players are now able to explore a new experience separate from the single-player story. This online-only experience will see players fill the shoes of one of four legendary warriors – building their legend, unlocking new class-specific abilities, gear, and armour designs, and fight alongside friends in missions inspired by Japanese mythology.
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has shared the below seven gameplay tips, for those who may be jumping into this mode otherwise blind:
Make best use of the chosen class
Once a player picks their starting class, they’ll need to increase their class rank to unlock each of the other three. Teams can combine any mix of classes and all can use stealth, melee, and ranged attacks and equip gear. Players should lean into the class attributes: a diverse team can tackle any challenge.
Coordinate class specials for crowd control
Each of the four classes has a unique Ultimate ability. Players must gradually fill their Resolve meter by attacking foes. Once it’s full, they can trigger their Ultimate by pressing L1 + R1.
Scan the skies
Even when players learn where a map’s spawn points are, their order is randomised. Fireworks will erupt above where the next horde is coming. Players should divide up the sky during lulls in battle. When they see fireworks, they should use the game’s Ping system to guide their team to where they’re needed.
Stay mobile and learn the quickest routes
Numerous structures, walls and cliffs stand between players and each defence point. Parkour skills and a grappling hook are the best tools for players to flow over roofs, swing across courtyards and spider their way up near-vertical slopes.
Fight for every defence point
Every defence point lost will reduce a team’s shared health bar, drastically reducing their chances of survival. Never consider an area lost until the match’s UI tells you so. Players still have a chance to recover them: every fifth round is a Boss Wave, winning which will restore control of all defence areas.
Choose and use Gifts wisely
Every map contains a shrine with purchasable – weaponised – Gifts, such as being able to ignite nearby enemies or summon a spirit animal. Once a shrine is activated, each Gift can be purchased by a single player, and has a cooldown period before being buyable again. In later rounds when horde numbers increase and powerful Oni appear, Gifts can mean the difference between holding a point or losing it.
Unlock new techniques
Whatever gameplay type players prefer in Legends, all will add to their XP, which in turn will increase their class’s Rank, and unlock new techniques and cosmetic items. Once a player finishes a match, they must make sure to dip back into their character’s profile on the main menu to equip better gear and unlock some new outfits.