Ghostwire: Tokyo for Xbox Series X, S and PC — Everything you need to know
This new action-horror IP is unlike anything we've seen before.
During Bethesda's E3 2019 showcase, one of the games revealed was a new IP called Ghostwire: Tokyo. It's being developed by Tango Gameworks, with the energetic Ikumi Nakamura initially serving as creative director before stepping away from the title.
Since then, more has been revealed, with some significant footage shown during Sony's PS5 showcase, the Future of Gaming. We also learned that it's a timed PS5 console exclusive, though it's coming to Xbox consoles after a year. Here's everything we know about Ghostwire: Tokyo so far.
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.
While there are definitely horror elements, the game is more action-focused than Tango Gameworks' past titles. It also uses a first-person perspective, with players using magic, melee weapons and more to defeat evil spirits.
What is the story of Ghostwire: Tokyo?
Ghostwire: Tokyo is appropriately set in Tokyo, where a massive disaster causes 99% of the population to vanish 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 absolutely creepy 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 and strategize differently.
There's a few other tidbits we know too, with three types of spirits revealed so far: Amewarashi, Shiromuku and Kuchisake. We also know the game is being designed with 3D Audio support, to provide more detailed audio feedback in-game.
Ghostwire: Tokyo lets you pet dogs
It's gameplay but this update was so important that it deserved its own section. You can pet all the dogs you can find 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, a year after whenever it first releases.
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 currently slated to arrive on PS5 and PC at some point in 2021. A slide from Sony at CES 2021 initially stated the game was coming in October 2021 but was quickly removed
As it's a timed console exclusive, it'll come to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S sometime later. When it does, it'll also be available in Xbox Game Pass at launch, just like all other Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks titles.
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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.