This week Sony surprised the gaming industry with a State of Play showcasing the first extended gameplay of Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima. We should have expected this a month early though, as Ghost of Tsushima had its reveal delayed due to COVID-19. In an interview with Ryan McCaffrey on Kinda Funny’s ‘We have cool friends’ show, the IGN editor confirmed that the company was due to cover the title in April as part of its ‘IGN First’ coverage.
‘IGN First’ is the outlet’s version of a magazine cover story where staff fly to a dev studio to preview their game and come back with lots of exclusive footage and insights that they will provide all month long. It gives fans a special preview of a game that is yet to be released.
In this interview with Greg Miller, McCaffrey, who runs ‘IGN First’, said that editors Max Scoville and Jonathan Dornbush were due to fly out to Seattle in Mid-March to see the game. However, this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This would have been huge for IGN to cover one of the most anticipated games of this year, but obviously circumstances did not allow.
It won’t be too long until we all have our hands on Ghost of Tsushima with the game releasing on July 17.
This is not the first time, and certainly not the last time, that COVID-19 has affected the gaming industry. Many events such as E3 and Gamescom were cancelled due to it.