The lucky folks who are playing Sucker Punch's latest release of Ghost of Tsushima are generally enjoying their time with the game, but Japan's appreciation for this new title is on a whole other level. According to Sony, they are running out of physical copies of the game in some stores.
If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with this game, check out the Ghost of Tsushima PS4 Launch Trailer to get a feel for what it's all about:
This new game blends the world of ninja and samurai into an expensive adventure reminiscent of classic jidaigeki films, most notably the works of Akira Kurosawa. Films in this genre include classics like Rashomon, Kagemusha, and Seven Samurai, the latter of which led to the Western cowboy adaptation The Magnificent Seven.
Japan really loves anything that does depictions of samurai or ninja justice and this new Sucker Punch game has both in spades. That's why it's probably no surprise that they're buying the game in droves, so much so that Sony is running out of physical copies.
"'Ghost of Tsushima'" has been [better] received than we expected, and we are out of stock at some stores," read a machine-translated tweet from the Japanese PlayStation Twitter account. "Currently, additional production is currently underway, but the download version is also available on the PS Store. Please consider together."
Can You Still Buy Ghost of Tsushima in the West?
While the game has been selling like hotcakes in Japan, the situation thankfully hasn't been as severe in the West — at least if online retailers are any indication.
For example, the game's Launch Edition, Special Edition, and Collector's Edition are all still very available on Amazon, although the most expensive version appears to be intermixed with third-party sales from scalpers — a phenomenon that has become worryingly commonplace in the last few months.
There's also the matter of market size: while Japan is the home of Sony and the PlayStation console, Western markets are much bigger and subsequently have larger inventories to work with. As popular as the game might be in the West, it's probably less likely to sell out of physical copies as quickly as it has in Japan. Even if they do sell out, though, you can still grab the digital version of the game on the PlayStation Store for $59.99 or your regional equivalent and not have to worry about popping in it a disc.
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