It’s been a while since we’ve last heard of Tango Gameworks’ Ghostwire: Tokyo. With over a month left before its release date of March 25, we’re left wondering when we would actually see more of the game. We have our answer in the form of a 20-minute gameplay showcase (see embedded video above) that includes a closer look into the game as well as joining the creators for a roundtable discussion of what inspired Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Showcase Highlights
In Ghostwire: Tokyo, we’re taken to Shibuya, where a mysterious fog envelops the illustrious streets and the bustling population of Tokyo suddenly vanishes, with dangerous, supernatural entities taking their place. Akito, our protagonist, wakes up with strange elemental powers as he is possessed by a malevolent spirit Kei Kei. They both work together to unravel the truth and save the city.
Akito harnesses an arsenal of powers called “ethereal weaving”. He channels raw elemental energy consisting of wind, fire, water, which you could upgrade to match your play style. Adding to this set of abilities are a collection of traditional and mystical tools, namely the talismans, to expand your combat options.
Traversal and exploration through Tokyo manifest through your Tengu ability to grapple through the city with ease. A sense of verticality is added to the game with grapple points called the Tengu Yokai to allow you to reach different heights. You can also use your spectral vision to sense visitors, enemies, and points of interest.
Not everything you see during exploration will be to your advantage as you encounter the fog, which diminishes your health along with it being infested with deadly creatures. To cleanse it, you have to exorcise Torii gates.
There are many ways to change up your play style, whether you choose to fight the yokai head-on or go stealth by using sneak attacks. When you synergize with Kei Kei, a full charge lets you enter wire-in mode, which allows you to boost your powers as you grow with enemy archetypes, encouraging you to evolve your strategy.
The latter half of the showcase brings us to a roundtable discussion with the creators headed by none other than Shinji Mikami himself, as they discuss what they enjoyed most about creating the game. Different developers spoke about the significance of the powers and the different hand signs, and the story of the game is inspired by classic manga such as CLAMP’s X and Tokyo Babylon.
Ghostwire: Tokyo launches for the PS5 and PC on March 25, 2022.