Ghost of Tsushima: Legends standalone version, ‘Rivals Mode’ update launches September 3

Teams of two compete to defeat waves of enemies.

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, the online multiplayer mode added to Ghost of Tsushima in October 2020, will see a standalone release on September 3 for $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Sucker Punch Productions announced.

All Ghost of Tsushima: Legends content available to Ghost of Tsushima players will be available in the standalone version, except for the cosmetics that can only be unlocked via the single-player campaign. Users who purchase the standalone version of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends will be able to upgrade to Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut at any time for $39.99 / €49.99 / £43.99 for PlayStation 4 or $49.99 / €59.99 / £53.99 for PlayStation 5.

An update that adds new features, including some changes based on feedback from the community, will also launch alongside Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut on August 20. Survival Mode has been rebalanced to shorten session length, and new weekly Survival Nightmare challenge variants have been added. Additional cosmetics have also been unlocked for players who have earned them in the single-player campaign or New Game+.

Additionally, an update on September 3 will add the new Rivals Mode and Gear Mastery System to Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Here are the details, via PlayStation Blog:

  • Rivals Mode – In Rivals, two teams of two will compete to defeat waves of enemies. With each defeated foe, you’ll collect Magatama that you can use to harm the other team. For example, you can spend Magatama on Shades to block your opponents’ purchases, Curses (health drain, exploding bodies, etc), Hwacha fire, and more. Once you’ve spent enough Magatama, you’ll unlock Final Stand waves. Complete these before the opposing team to win!
  • Gear Mastery System – This is a new expansion of the progression systems and rewards for Legends. Players who’ve earned 110-level gear will now be able to bind it to a class and activate “Mastery Challenges.” This will allow a piece of gear’s Ki level to be upgraded to 120 and eventually unlock a second perk slot! As you activate Mastery Challenges, you can also unlock a new Ability and new Techniques for each class.

Finally, new content will be released each week from September 10 to October 1, including an additional Rivals map, new Survival maps inspired by Iki Island and Iyo’s realm, and “Trials of Iyo,” a harder-difficulty version of the 2020 raid with challenges in bite-sized chunks and a new set of leaderboards.

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is due out on August 20 for $69.99 / €79.99 / £69.99 on PlayStation 5 and $59.99 / €69.99 / £59.99 on PlayStation 4. Users who own Ghost of Tsushima on PlayStation 4 can pre-order an upgrade to Director’s Cut on PlayStation 4 for $19.99 USD / €19.99 / £15.99.

Watch a new trailer introducing Rivals Mode below.

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