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Ghost of Tsushima sequel hinted at by Sucker Punch job listings

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:17

by Andrew Highton

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Ghost of Tsushima was a commercial and critical success for Sucker Punch Productions as their open-world exploration of 13th-century, Feudal Japan has been extremely well-received. As a result, it seems that Sucker Punch could be on its way to developing a sequel, according to new job listings.

Moving away from their usual tales about raccoons and conduits, Sucker Punch took a bold step by making a fully open-world game from scratch. On July 17, Ghost of Tsushima was released and sold millions of copies, receiving critical acclaim with a rating of 83 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Not content with resting on the success of Ghost of Tsushima, it appears that Sucker Punch Productions are looking to bring more people on board to develop either some new story content for the game, or a new sequel entirely.

Jin Sakai riding a horse into a forest in Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch Productions
You have to wonder where Jin is riding off to next?

New DLC or a new game?

While it’s only been 3 months since Ghost of Tsushima was actually released, it seems much longer given the buzz it’s created during that time. To ensure Sucker Punch capitalize on the game’s success, they’re already recruiting for a new game – hinting directly at a sequel.

New job listings have appeared for Sucker Punch asking for a “Narrative Writer”. These are some of the job requirements:

  • Write high-quality dialogue under tight deadlines for a diverse cast of characters who live in the time period provided
  • Desire to write stories set in feudal Japan
  • Knowledge of feudal Japanese history
Job listing for Sucker Punch Narrative Writer job
Sucker Punch Productions
Is it too soon for a fully-fledged Ghost of Tsushima sequel?

The original Ghost of Tsushima followed the emotional narrative of Jin Sakai and his quest to rid Tsushima of the Mongol invasion – led by Khotun Khan. It was an action-packed RPG filled with sword fights, stealth combat, and completing exciting missions all across the sacred island.

Which just leaves the big question surrounding the listing, is it for a sequel? Or is it just for extended DLC?

Given the time frame of the listing, it’s hard to tell at this juncture. It’s entirely possible that Sucker Punch are trying to get a head start and get the game’s successor out early into the PS5’s lifecycle. But it’s a possibility that Ghost of Tsushima follows in the footsteps of Horizon Zero Dawn and gets a massive expansion – similar to Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.

World of Warcraft

How to level up fast in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Published: 23/Nov/2020 16:27

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With World of Warcraft Shadowland’s release finally here, players are going to want to level up new toons fast to experience the content Blizzard has in store.

With WoW’s recent pre-patch level squish, the time it takes to progress through the game’s 50 (and with Shadowlands’ release, 60) levels have effectively slashed in half reaching the endgame.

As well as that, though, there are some extra features that can be utilized to further your fast leveling experience.

There’s bound to be a huge race online to reach the level cap first, so being prepared and ensuring you’re using all tools made available to you is important.

Exile’s Reach

A photo of different races in the Exile's Reach dungeon, Darkmaul Citadel
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Exile’s Reach will teach you the core meat of what you need to know.

Exile’s Reach provides new and returning players a fantastic way to experience the world and lore of WoW. It’s also a handy way to level 1-10 in a breeze.

Teaching the class fundamentals by slowly awarding early rotation skills, you’ll come out of the experience feeling primed and ready to take on whatever expansion it is that you’re venturing into.

It’ll also culminate in a dungeon experience, Darkmaul Citadel, too. This will get you ready for the many dungeons you’ll experience down the road.

Warlords of Draenor

If you’re a new player, you’ll be experiencing the prior expansion, Battle for Azeroth, as the first expansion you experience. This is fine, and you’re able to reach level 50 before finishing the complete story, easily.

But for those that are rolling a new character, Warlords of Draenor is a great choice. With the zones in this expansion all containing Bonus Objectives, it provides a fantastic boost to your level experience. BfA also has these, too, but to a lesser extent than WoD does.

Rested Experience

This is a system that many MMORPGs utilize, and is a fantastic way of allowing you to play catch-up after time away from the game. Logging out in a Capital city or inn will put you into rested mode (you’ll notice your experience bar turn blue from purple).

For every eight hours spent away from the game, you’ll earn a bar of that current level. It’ll cap out at one and a half levels, though, so it isn’t something that can be continually utilized.

Pandaren

Pandaren’s racial ability ‘Inner Peace’ gains them rested experience twice as fast, stacking up to 300%. As well as having fantastic animations, a deep, rich lore and being absolutely adorable, this is a fantastic reason to take advantage of this race when trying to blast through leveling.

A bonus tip, too, that can stop you from accidentally falling to your death: Pandaren’s racial ‘Bouncy’ means that they take less damage. Stacking that alongside rogues that take less fall damage means that with this class/race combo, you’re further cushioning yourself against accidental deaths even further than rogues of other races!

Classes

Demon Hunter Night Elf in the character select screen
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Demon Hunter’s Soul Cleave provides fantastic healing.

Races don’t just come into play when choosing how to zip through content: classes can also come into play. There are three classes that we particularly recommend utilizing:

Druid

With DOTs (damage over time) and instant-cast abilities, alongside a way to root targets to the ground AND heal, they’re a no brainer for a comfy experience.

Flight Form is an instant-cast spell, too, allowing you to get out of tricky situations in a pinch. Travel form is also great, allowing you to move faster depending upon the environment.

Demon Hunter

With incredible mobility and AoE (area of effect) damage skills, Demon Hunters are also a top choice.

They’re also able to heal to a degree, providing fantastic survivability. The passive skills allows healing through Soul Cleave, which damages all enemies hit, providing a healing percentage of the damage dealt.

Hunter

Though this class to some can seem boring and slow, Hunter is still a viable choice for those that want an experience that doesn’t really require too much thought to excel at.

Their pets provide a way for you to stay far away from attackers and have them tank for you, and also means that you can often defeat enemies recommended for multiple players.

Again, the prior two classes may  be preferable over this as a fast leveling experience, but it is definitely an option should you choose to take it.

War Mode

An image showing War Mode in World of Warcraft in the Talents panel
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Turning War Mode on in the capital city will boost your experience rate by 10%.

Our final top tip for fast-leveling is War Mode. This is basically the world’s PvP mode outside of Arena. As well as providing players with extra skills as a reward for having War Mode on (which we recommend you do at all times), it also provides you with the ‘Enlisted’ buff, awarding an extra 10% to your experience gained at all times.

This mode can only be turned on in your faction’s home city (Stormwind or Orgimmar, respectively) and is something you don’t want to miss out on.

So, there you have it. Our top tips for a fast, streamlined experience through World of Warcraft and Shadowlands. We’ll see you out there!