Sucker Punch Productions’ Ghost of Tsushima released on the PS4 back in July, and has sold over five million copies to date. You can check out our official review of the game here, but suffice it to say that the game is truly incredible.
This open-world samurai adventure game gave gamers a jaw-dropping experience. Many are saying that it is the best outgoing title for the PS4 and if you’re playing the game on the PS5 you will get to enjoy flawless 60 FPS performance. The accurately depicted Japanese environment that the game takes place in leaves you enamored by the culture. Because of how immersive the experience is there is no surprise that it has inspired gamers to care about the actual Island of Tsushima.
While Ghosts of Tsushima is not a real story per se, it is based on real-life events and places. The real Tsushima Island was hit by a large typhoon in September 2020. This natural disaster heavily damaged a number of iconic landmarks, one of which was the Heisei-era Torri Gate, also known as the Watatsumi Shrine.
The Japanese publication, Famitsu, revealed that fans of Ghosts of Tsushima embarked on a massive fundraising campaign to repair the damaged shrine gate on the real-life island. The fundraising campaign was launched by Yuichi Hirayama, one of the Shrine’s priests. Understanding the recent hype behind the game based on his island, he thought it would be worth a shot to see if the fans would be willing to lend their aid. The initial goal set was to raise at least five million yen — about $48,000 — to restore the gate. It has now been reported that a total of $260,000 was raised! If that doesn’t tell you how inspiring this game was for its fans then I don’t know what will!
It’ll be exciting to see how this Shrine gate looks when the project is finally complete. For now, what do you think of this fundraising campaign? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!