You can play Ghost of Tsushima in black and white

An optional mode lets you channel your inner Yojimbo.

During Sony’s latest State of Play, gamers were treated to a closer look at the upcoming game from Sucker Punch, Ghost of Tsushima. While the State of Play showcased a variety of cool features you can look forward to once the game is released, one mode in particular captivated us with its retro, black and white cinema vibes.

You can play Ghost of Tsushima in black and white

You can play Ghost of Tsushima in black and white
As a bonus treat for fans of Japanese cinema, you'll be able to toggle Samurai Cinema mode and play Ghost of Tsushima in black and white.
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Ghost of Tsushima is a gorgeous game with stunning lighting, detail, and colors from lush green grass, to vibrant red flowers and orange autumn leaves. As amazing as it’ll be to soak these colors in as you play Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch is giving gamers an extra bonus in that you’ll be able to play the entire game in black and white if you like.

The ‘Samurai Cinema’ mode is totally optional and clearly meant to appeal to fans of classic Japanese cinema. You can toggle Samurai Cinema mode from the very beginning of the game and enjoy a windy, film grain, black and white experience that makes you feel as though you’re starring in an Akira Kurosawa film like Seven Samurai or Yojimbo.

The State of Play showed how gameplay will work with Samurai Cinema mode on with a tense fight sequence complete with a soundtrack that also feels like it was pulled straight out of a Kurosawa flick. You can really tell the team at Sucker Punch took their time with this mode to make it as authentic feeling as possible.

We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves when Ghost of Tsushima releases on July 17. While we wait, check out the Samurai Cinema mode for yourself as we’ve embedded the State of Play below and set it to begin right when the Samurai Cinema mode is shown.

After checking it out, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Are you excited to play the game in Samurai Mode, or are the original, colorful vistas too beautiful to miss?

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.


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