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?
Ghostwriter: Tokyo is a new game from Tango Gameworks 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 see, this game is going to be pretty creepy!
What is the story of Ghostwire: Tokyo?
Ghostwriter: 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. As the main character, you 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 look at the gameplay reveal trailer from Sony’s PS5 event, the Future of Gaming.
Ghostwriter: 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 heart 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 are a few other tidbits we know too.