Ghost of Tsushima Official Artbook is a Stunning Tribute to a Beautiful World

Dark Horse unveiled their stunning Ghost of Tsushima artbook, featuring nearly 200 pages of concept art featuring characters, landscapes, and more.

By Allisa James

August 16, 2020

Dark Horse Comics’ official Twitter account revealed the absolutely lovely Ghost of Tsushima artbook, with almost 200 pages of character and environment artwork. The artbook design itself has a sleek design clearly inspired by Japanese woodblock paintings and is available for preorder now:

The official site description reads as follows: “Step into the role of Tsushima Island’s last samurai through a vivid showcase of detail in a vast and exotic locale, featuring elegant illustrations of dynamic characters, spirited landscapes, and diagrams of Samurai sword-fighting techniques. Inspired by traditional Japanese art, this gorgeously designed art book showcases every vivid detail of Ghost of Tsushima!”

Jason Connell and Nate Fox, the creative directors behind Ghost of Tsushima delve into how they found themselves working with the estate of Akira Kurosawa for approval on the black-and-white cinematic mode, called Kurosawa Mode. And Joanna Wang, the lead environmental artist for the title, recently wrote up a detailed blog post on the process behind creating the beautiful environments that can be found in the game.

In an interview with IGN, Game Director Nate Fox talked about the game’s difficulty and stated that “We are trying to make a grounded game in that sense, so a couple blows from the enemy will kill you. We watched samurai movies and people go down with one or two strikes, and that is embedded inside of the combat. Beating the Mongols in battle will be hard, but it’s that challenge that makes it feel alive and the victory rewarding. You can’t just run into a camp and fight 5 people at the same time, you will get overwhelmed and die.

Check out Chris Hawtin who has put together an incredible Ghost of Tsushima motion poster that director Akira Kurosawa would be proud of, as well as this incredible Ghost of Tsushima inspired PS4 by XboxPope. Famed Japanese artist Takashi Okazaki, the creator of the Afro Samurai manga, recently collaborated with Ghost of Tsushima to produce some gorgeous manga-style posters.

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Ghost of Tsushima launched on July 17th and broke some serious records. According to recent NPD sales data Ghost of Tsushima was July’s best selling game in the U.S. and Famitsu reported that the game is now the highest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive in Japan. The game reached that status in just over three weeks.

If you want to purchase the game through Amazon, you can do so here. and if you need another opinion then read our very favorable review here. You can also check out this editorial on the five Samurai movies to watch before you play the game itself.

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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