Initially revealed at Bethesda's E3 2019 showcase, there had been little news regarding Tango Gameworks' upcoming project Tokyo Ghostwire. After director Ikumi Nakamura's energetic and delightful performance, she departed Tango Gameworks in September 2019, and many had speculated that the survival/action game was rumored to be cancelled. After seemingly months of radio silence and a global pandemic bringing halt to projects on a full scale, iconic veteran game director Shinji Mikami shed some light on where the project is going in an interview with IGN. Mikami aims to make this a very different kind of survival horror venture.
"The initial team started with about five people and we worked on it for six months. We then expanded to 10 people and we worked on it for a few years before we went into full production.
...This is probably the longest I’ve taken on any game I’ve made in the past."
"GhostWire is a completely new type of game so I really hope people look forward to it."
The production on it seems to be intentionally meticulous and Nakamura's exodus hasn't appeared to halt development. Mikami is on board as a producer, a head of the game's director may be named later. While there is little to go on, the E3 trailer reveals elements beyond survival horror, displaying some broader action, with a mixture of sci-fi and supernatural themes.
"After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious spectral abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before."
After heading the Resident Evil franchise up to its fourth entry, the video game horror icon has experience with assistance on action titles like Vanquish and Godhand, his final Capcom game. Since Forming Tango Gameworks in 2010, Mikami has worked on the Evil Within series, with the first entry being the last game he intends to direct. For the sequel, he acted as a producer and supervisor.
Tokyo Ghostwire does not have a release date, nor any availability on which platforms it will be launched for as of this current press time.