Pachter Says Ghost of Tsushima Lacks Broad Commercial Appeal
During this years Paris Games Week Sucker Punch Productions, developers behind the popular Infamous series, revealed their newest game Ghost of Tsushima. Now, it is set to be one of the biggest PlayStation 4 exclusives, yet Michael Pachter believes it just doesn’t appeal to a wide range of gamers.
Earlier this month we told you that Ghost of Tsushima will be Sucker Punch’s biggest game ever, and is set to be an open-world action-adventure title set in Japan. Despite the excitement generated by the big reveal and all of the information we’ve received since, Wedbush Securities analyst, Michael Pachter doesn’t seem to think the game will have a broad commercial appeal. Pachter explains the reason for this is because of the game’s inherent “Japanese-ness”.
Ghost of Tsushima is unlike any other first party offerings from Sony, and is set to give the PS4 an advantage over the competition next year. With that said, Pachter doesn’t believe this will necessarily be the case. “I don’t think anything that has that Japanese flavor has broad appeal. They’re great games and get high ratings, and the hardcore audiences love them. But, for the average audience, they’re hard games. They’re too hard for most people. I mean, I played Persona 5, one of the highest rated games ever, and I like it, but I can’t believe it went on to sell as many copies as it did. It’s just not the kind of game that seems like it has mass appeal, even though it’s one of the best games ever made, and probably wins Game of the Year. But… going back to Tsushima, no, I don’t think it has broad appeal either.”
It will be interesting to see if Pachter is right in his prediction that the latest title from Sucker Punch won’t sell as well as they’re hoping. Who knows though, even Pachter admits that the game will probably be great. Ghost of Tsushima will launch next year exclusively on the PS4. You can find the official description for the game below:
The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan–until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honorable tactics won’t lead you to victory. You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting–the way of the Ghost–as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.
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