- In 2020, Ghost of Tsushima broke Sucker Punch’s tradition of the studio not including swimming mechanics in its games.
- Previous Sucker Punch games like Sly Cooper and Infamous had protagonists who couldn’t swim for various reasons.
- The inclusion of swimming in Ghost of Tsushima enhances the game’s fresh approach to the open-world formula.
Ghost of Tsushima developer Sucker Punch Games has been around for over two decades now and has had some big successes in the gaming industry. Its Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises were among its most popular video game series until the release of Ghost of Tsushima in 2020, which not only became Sucker Punch’s most successful game, but also one of PlayStation’s most successful original titles. This is all due to its fresh approach to the open-world formula, its gorgeous setting, and every new feature it brought to the table.
Ghost of Tsushima might have been a breath of fresh air in 2020 in terms of feeling original and unlike anything gamers had experienced before, but it introduced something unexpected – at least from a Sucker Punch standpoint – that some fans might not be aware of. Specifically, it broke a Sucker Punch tradition that had spanned over twenty years, which is the protagonist being unable to swim.
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A History of Sucker Punch Games
Despite only being known for a few franchises, Sucker Punch Games has had games on the market since 1999. Its longest-standing franchise is the popular Infamous series, which lasted from 2009 to 2014, although the developer was already known for its Sly Cooper franchise that came previously. Prior to Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch had not released a game in six years, making that the developer’s largest gap between games.
- Rocket: Robot on Wheels (1999)
- Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002)
- Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004)
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005)
- Infamous (2009)
- Infamous 2 (2011)
- Infamous: Festival of Blood (2011)
- Infamous Second Son (2014)
- Infamous First Light (2014)
- Ghost of Tsushima (2020)
- Ghost of Tsushima Legends (2020)
None of Sucker Punch’s Games Featured Swimming Until Ghost of Tsushima
While Sucker Punch has been around for some time, none of its games have featured what some would call a very simple and often necessary mechanic: swimming. Sucker Punch has explained this design choice for some of its games, but others have been abandoned to fan theories. In Rocket: Robot on Wheels, for instance, Rocket is occasionally required to platform over water, so he is never seen swimming. However, he would likely be unable to swim anyway, since he is, after all, a robot on wheels.
Sly Cooper of the Sly Cooper franchise can’t swim, along with his partners in crime, Murray and Bentley. It was revealed in the instruction manual for Sly 2: Band of Thieves that Sly and the other two members of the Cooper Gang never learned how to swim during their time at the Happy Camper Orphanage when they were kids. As this was the second game in the Sly Cooper series, it’s likely Sucker Punch included this information in the instruction manual in response to questions from fans about Sly’s inability to swim.
While Sucker Punch has been around for some time, none of its games have featured what some would call a very simple and often necessary mechanic: swimming.
Cole MacGrath from Infamous and Infamous 2 also can’t swim, and while it is never stated whether he knows how, it is widely known that his electrical abilities would short-circuit if he was ever submerged in water. As water conducts electricity, Cole’s powers would be uncontrollable if he were submerged in water, sending all the electricity in him surging out and leaving him in a highly weakened, vulnerable state. Finally, unlike Cole, Infamous Second Son‘s Delsin Rowe can’t swim, simply because he doesn’t know how. It is also never stated whether Abigail “Fetch” Walker, the star and protagonist of Infamous: First Light, can swim, but she is unable to.
It’s very peculiar that Sucker Punch would have waited until 2020 to feature a character who can swim, but perhaps, underneath all the fan theories and attempted justifications, the developer simply couldn’t manage to perfect the in-game physics of swimming until just recently. Whatever the case, Jin Sakai’s ability to swim in Ghost of Tsushima is a feature that yet again makes the game a historical feat.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
In Ghost of Tsushima, players will roam the vast countryside and expansive terrain to encounter rich characters, discover ancient landmarks, and uncover the hidden beauty of Tsushima. The director’s cut includes the full game and the Iki Island expansion, which has new story missions, enemies, and mini-games.
- August 20, 2021
- Sony Interactive Entertainment
- M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity
- How Long To Beat
- 30 Hours
- PS Plus Availability
- Extra & Premium