At Bethesda's E3 2019 press conference, they showed off two entirely brand new IPs — one of them was called Ghostwire: Tokyo. Creative director Ikumi Nakamura took the stage with a level of confidence, enthusiasm, and sincerity that immediately charmed the audience, and deeply contrasted with the level of creepiness and dark aesthetic beauty of the trailer she led into. Whatever Ghostwire: Tokyo is, the concepts for it presented in a CGI video look incredible.
Since then, more has been revealed, with some significant footage shown during Sony's PS5 showcase, the Future of Gaming. Nakamura is no longer on the project, Mikami is now director and this game is a timed console exclusive. Here's what we now know:
What is Ghostwire: Tokyo?
Ghostwire: Tokyo is a new game from Tango Gameworks shown off during Bethesda's E3 2019 press conference. Tango Gameworks is a studio founded by Capcom veteran Shinji Mikami in 2010. The studio is known for working on both The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2, and Mikami himself worked on Resident Evil at Capcom. So you know this game is going to be pretty creepy!
What is the story of Ghostwire: Tokyo?
Ghostwire: Tokyo takes place in (surprise!) Tokyo, where suddenly 99% of the population have vanished without warning or explanation, leaving clothes behind in a Rapture-like event. You as the main character remain as a strange, evil force arrives in the city that may be responsible for the disappearances. It's your job to track it down and get to the bottom of what's happening using your own "spectral" abilities to combat the darkness.
The spirits aren't the only newcomers on the streets. There's also a masked group called the Visitors who wear Hannya masks. Their role in the story is being shrouded in mystery.
Ghostwire: Tokyo trailers
You can check out the reveal trailer from E3 2019 right here.
You can also take a look at the gameplay reveal trailer from Sony's PS5 event, the Future of Gaming.
Ghostwire: Tokyo gameplay
This is not a survival-horror game like The Evil Within, though there are "spooky" elements. It's a first-person action title that sees you fighting different powerful spirits with your own supernatural abilities. Every spirit has different strengths and weaknesses, so every fight will require you to think carefully. The game's tagline is "Don't fear the unknown. Attack it." There's a few other tidbits we know too.
- Three spirits have been announced: Amewarashi, Shiromuku and Kuchisake.
- The game is being designed with 3D audio support.
- It also supports the PS5's DualSense controller with haptic feedback for the different special abilities.
Ghostwire: Tokyo lets you pet dogs
This is technically part of the gameplay but was so important that it deserved its own section. Tango Gameworks has confirmed you can pet ALL THE DOGS in Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Why did Ikumi Nakamura leave Tango Gameworks?
On September 4, 2019, creative director Nakamura announced she was leaving Tango Gameworks after nine years with the studio. It's not clear at this moment why she decided to leave however, she's been touring different studios around the world, so maybe she just needs time to figure out what she wants to do.
Is Ghostwire: Tokyo PS5 exclusive ?
For now, Ghostwire: Tokyo has been announced as a timed PS5 console exclusive. This deal is being honored despite Microsoft acquiring ZeniMax Media, meaning that Bethesda Softworks is joining Xbox. It'll only be available on PS5 and PC for a limited time before being launching on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at a later date.
Is Ghostwire: Tokyo canceled?
No, despite the departure of creative director Nakamura, the game has not been canceled. Shinji Mikami, creative director of The Evil Within, has taken over as overall creative director for Ghostwire: Tokyo..
When is Ghostwire: Tokyo's release date ?
Ghostwire: Tokyo is scheduled to arrive on PS5 and PC at some point in 2021. As it's a timed console exclusive, it'll come to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S sometime later. Disclaimer text in a CES 2021 showcase video indicate that this game is releasing in October 2021 but this has since been pulled.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.