The Ghost of Tsushima multiplayer update has just launched (See how to download and play co-op) and now we’re learning that Sucker Punch developed the online multiplayer aspect of the game in parallel with the main game. The multiplayer element has, in fact, been in development for years and wasn’t thrown together as an afterthought. This holds true for the four-player raid mode that will be launching soon as well.
This news comes straight from Legends lead, Darren Bridges, who explained that Sucker Punch wanted “cooperative multiplayer to be a pillar of the game” from “the very beginning.” In fact, the online co-op mode was backed in from the very beginning, dating all the way back to the game’s original pitch.
“We probably spent six months to a year thinking about different ideas. and ultimately, we came to Legends. We’ve been working on it really in parallel, both on the engine side and the content side from the beginning of the project.”
With that said, the Legends expansion could have been a whole lot different. Apparently, the development team threw around a whole bunch of different ideas, all with the hope of keeping Jin’s story tied into the mode one way or another.
“When we batted around different ideas for multiplayer, Legends rose to the top, in part because it allowed us to connect to Jin’s story without [the player] being exactly Jin. It allows us to also have the freedom to have cooperative abilities that players can use. We have supernatural elements that allow us to be more flexible with the fiction and the abilities and the techniques, all the way down to the cosmetics. And it allowed it to fit nicely in Jin’s story because these are Legends, these aren’t grounded.”
As you probably know at this point, Legends offers up four different classes based on these legendary heroes. Each have their own abilities and the enemies you encounter are a quite deep into the fantasy realm when compared to the enemies you face in campaign mode. Sure, campaign mode does flight with the supernatural side of things here and there – like when the weather changes with decisions you make – but Legends is definitely an outlet for more creativity on wild thinking.