Legends, the multiplayer feature in Ghost of Tsushima, is receiving some additional free content and a separate release on September 3rd, 2021, Sony and developer Sucker Punch has announced. The standalone release will be available for $19.99 on both PS4 and PS5 and will remain free to players who own any version of the game.
On the same day, Legends will get a whole new 2v2 mode called Rivals. In a blog post, Darren Bridges, a senior game designer at Sucker Punch, explains it this way:
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 wins!
Along with Rivals, Legends will gain a Gear Mastery system to help you customize your gear even further. Bridges claim that:
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.
On the same day as the release of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, Sucker Punch will release an update to Legends that includes reworking Survival mode. From September 10th through October 1st, Legends will get a “new piece of content each week,” including a new Rivals map, according to the developer.
If you buy the standalone Legends, you can still upgrade to the Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut for $40 on PS4 or $50 on PS5, which adds a new island to explore and additional animals to pet.