Hiroki Hitakatsu, mayor of Tsushima, has announced that Sucker Punch Productions’ Nate Fox, game director of Ghost of Tsushima, and Jason Connell, creative director of Ghost of Tsushima, have been made permanent tourism ambassadors of Tsushima.

The ceremony will be held digitally due to travel restrictions, both Fox and Connell will be presented with an award and a letter of appreciation.

Hitakatsu-san also confirmed that the city of Tsushima will collaborate with Sony Interactive Entertainment to set up a new tourism campaign. The campaign will help and encourage Ghost of Tsushima fans to learn more about Tsushima Island and its various landmarks.

Here’s what Hitakatsu-san had to say:

They spread the name and history of Tsushima to the whole world in such a wonderful way. 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.

The appointment of Tourism Ambassador is from today until Mr. Jason and Mr. Nate no longer wish to have it. In fact, I had been thinking and discussing about appointing the role to them ever since I discovered they were using Tsushima’s name as the name of their work.

I did not appoint them for the purpose of having them do anything in the future. Thanks to the two of them, Sucker Punch Productions, and SIE, I have heard from people all over the world who have learned about Tsushima through their works, and now want to see, know, and go to Tsushima.

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