Toshihiro Nagoshi, the general director of the Yakuza series, was awestruck by Ghosts of Tsushima and its depiction of Japanese culture, history, and aesthetic, even going so far as to say that it was something they (Japanese game developers) should've made. He furthermore said it broke the misconception that western people do not understand Japanese culture.
"...It’s the kind of work made by non-Japanese people that makes you feel they’re even more Japanese than us. I think it’s amazing. We often believe Western people would never get certain Japanese things, but the game shows this way of thinking is wrong in the first place."