Okay, now this is neat. In an interview with VG247, Ghost of Tsushima creative director Jason Connell confirmed that there is actually a button for flicking the blood off your sword in super cool, samurai fashion.
Confirming this new feature, Connell went on to say:
“There’s actually a function or a button that lets you just stow and draw the sword, and if there’s blood on the sword, he’ll do one of the cool, flick-like actions. I believe he did that one inside the State of Play demo, where he actually just pressed the button.”
Brilliantly because the animation is so cool, Connell also said that player protagonist Jin will do it as part of an idle animation routine too:
“There’s also an automatic one if you’re standing around for quite a while, he’ll automatically stow it. So, we have kind of both. I think there’s actually even in some of the flourishes of melee combat, he’ll just do a quick one.”
Of course such attention to detail are just part of a larger artistic overture that Ghost of Tsushima makes towards the classic samurai movies of the silver screen, with the recently announced ‘Samurai Cinema’ mode allowing players to capture dramatic black and white footage of their own escapades within the game.
In case you missed it, you can catch the recent Ghost of Tsushima gameplay blowout at May’s State of Play briefing right here.
Ghost of Tsushima is set to release exclusively for PlayStation 4 on July 17, 2020.