Nate Fox and Jason Connell have been awarded the title for their efforts in promoting the island through their game. Ghost of Tsushima is based on historical events from Japan’s Gen-ko period, while being based on the real-life Nagasaki island. In a statement, Tsushima’s mayor, Hiroki Hitakatsu, explained why the directors are being bestowed with the award:
“[Fox and Connell] spread the name and history of Tsushima to the whole world in such a wonderful way,” he said.
“Even a lot of Japanese people do not know the history of the Gen-ko period. When it comes to the world, the name and location of Tsushima is literally unknown, so I cannot thank them enough for telling our story with such phenomenal graphics and profound stories.”
In response to the gesture, Sony Interactive Entertainment is to collaborate with Tsushima on a new tourism campaign based on the game.
The campaign hopes to bring fans of the game to the island, where they can learn more about its history. A ceremony is also set to be held online due to travel restrictions, which will award Fox and Connell with the ambassador title and an appreciation letter.
Ghost of Tsushima had a very successful launch in Japan. The game recorded the best launch sales of any first-party PS4 game since its launch.
The game has also helped with efforts to rebuild a shrine on the island of Tsushima, with more than $260,000 in funds raised towards the project. The Torii gate suffered damage during last year’s typhoon, which caused the structure to collapse. Thanks to fans and a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Torii gate can now be reconstructed.
Ghost of Tsushima is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 through backwards compatibility.
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