Ghost of Tsushima’s Black and White Mode Has Official Blessing of Akira Kurosawa’s Estate

Kurosawa mode.

Ghost of Tsushima is Sucker Punch's triple-A love letter to Japanese samurai movies. Set during the Mongol invasion of the titular island, the studio has made it well known that the game is heavily inspired by classic samurai films, particularly those directed by Akira Kurosawa. In fact, the team loves these old flicks so much that it's built in a mode that turns the game black and white, adds film grain, and other effects.

Literally named Kurosawa Mode, the idea is that you can play the entire adventure as though it's an interactive movie from the famed director. In order to secure this name, though, Sucker Punch needed to secure permission from the filmmaker's estate -- and it did.

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