Ghostwire: Tokyo will launch for PlayStation 5 as a console exclusive alongside PC in 2021, publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Tango GameWorks announced.
Here is an overview of the game, via Bethesda Softworks:
Ghostwire: Tokyo is a stunning action adventure game designed exclusively for the PlayStation 5 from Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks. Experience Tango’s unique vision of Tokyo—a stunning metropolis rich in tradition and history—as players face off against a supernatural threat.
A massive paranormal event causes the sudden disappearance of 99% of the population while spirits from Japanese folklore storm Tokyo. Players will harness paranormal abilities to solve the mystery of the disappearances and save the city.
- Explore a Broken, Beautiful Tokyo – Ghostwire: Tokyo harnesses the power of the PlayStation 5 to re-create Tokyo’s timeless beauty—an unmatched mix of ultra-modern cityscapes, deep dark alleyways, and beautiful ancient temples—but with a supernatural twist that will be a surprise even to those who are familiar with the city. While barren and ominous, the metropolis’ splendor is on full display with iconic landmarks including Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Tower, and more.
- Next-Gen Fidelity on PlayStation 5 – Tango Gameworks is using the power and speed of PlayStation 5 to forge a beautiful, supernatural version of Tokyo like never before with haptic feedback for every ability and character action with the DualSense Wireless Controller and advanced 3D spatial audio that immerses the player in an ominous city with dangers to uncover around every corner.
- Wield Paranormal Abilities – Ghostwire: Tokyo features a robust combat system that allows players to employ supernatural powers to unleash devastating, otherworldly attacks and interact with the paranormal in a variety of ways—cleanse, banish, and destroy. Throughout their journey players will grow their newfound powers to suit their playstyle and take the fight to the supernatural.
- Face the Unknown – Tango is known for their creepy monsters and Japan’s culture—stories of youkai (supernatural beings from Japanese folklore), ghost stories, and urban legends—provides plenty of inspiration. In the studio’s version of Tokyo, evil spirits are wandering the city in search of victims. Players will encounter supernatural entities such as Shiromoku, a spirit of a young bride in a traditional white kimono who was unable to wed her lover and has endless regret, and Amewarashi, a paranormal entity in the form of a child wearing a raincoat that manifests due to its great sadness from being separated from his parents and his mischievous spirit.
And here are some additional details, via the PlayStation Blog:
From Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango Gameworks comes Ghostwire: Tokyo, a next-gen action-adventure game coming to consoles exclusively for PlayStation 5 in 2021. Ghostwire: Tokyo will also be launching on PC. Tango Gameworks has taken full advantage of the power of the PS5’s next-gen hardware to create a stunning, immersive, and mysterious world to experience. Explore the streets of a city filled with spirits and mysterious otherworldly threats, with an arsenal of powerful abilities at your command. Get your first look at Ghostwire: Tokyo’s next-gen gameplay, captured on the PlayStation 5.
Face the Unknown and Save Tokyo
Tokyo has become a city under siege; overwhelmed by paranormal threats beyond our understanding. After a devastating occult event leads to the disappearance of 99% of the city’s population, only you stand between the loss of this great city and its salvation. After the vanishing, a strange encounter causes your own supernatural abilities to take shape. Explore a beautiful city that blends ultra-modern cityscapes and stunning ancient shrines as you purge the darkness from your home. Armed with a bevy of formidable, upgradeable powers, you will face off against evil spirits (referred to as The Visitors) haunting the city of Tokyo, several of which you caught a glimpse of in the gameplay reveal trailer above.
- Amewarashi: This entity manifests as a young child in a yellow raincoat. Derived from the powerful emotions of sadness caused by being separated from his parents, as well as his innocent yet mischievous spirit, this Visitor will call for help and bring forth fellow spirit when it feels threatened.
- Shiromuku: Shiromuku is a traditional type of pure white wedding kimono, and though she may appear to be a bride, this Visitor is actually a physical manifestation of powerful emotions. This Visitor represents regret and strong feelings for a partner she was never able to marry.
- Kuchisake: Inspired by an actual urban legend, the Kuchisake-onna is a strong and agile opponent, capable of closing distances quickly to get at you with her large scissor blades. Be careful if she asks you if you find her attractive; there are no right answers there.
Each spirit will have its own attack styles and weaknesses, so you’ll need to combine your abilities in different ways to suit each unique combat encounter.
But the spirits roaming the streets aren’t the only threat. At the heart of everything – the disappearance of the population, the appearance of the Visitors, and even your own supernatural abilities – sits a shadowy group wearing “Hannya” masks. Who are they, what they want and how they will interact with you remains a mystery, and it will be up to you to determine their motives and unveil the mystery.
Tango Gameworks is using the power of the PlayStation 5 to help them bring their unique vision of a supernaturally haunted Tokyo to life. Not only does the cutting-edge technology allow for a new level of visual fidelity, but the audio has been kicked up a notch, perfect for Tango Gamework’s eerie Tokyo environments.
“We’re particularly excited by the possibility of players experiencing our modern, yet Visitor-filled city with 3D sound,” says Kenji Kimura, Game Director on Ghostwire: Tokyo. “This version of Tokyo is not a version you’ve ever seen or heard before. In Ghostwire: Tokyo, you’ll hear and encounter sounds that you normally would not hear in the city in real life. Our hope is that with the 3D sound, you will feel compelled to seek out and identify what is causing those sounds you hear.”
Kimura tells us even the feel of combat in the game is benefiting from the new hardware. “The player character’s special abilities have a deep relation to these hand gestures,” says Kimura. “Which are perfect for the controller haptics and adaptive triggers—one of the PS5’s new features that we’re taking advantage of. We can’t wait for you to get your hands on the new controllers and play in this thrilling, unpredictable Tokyo where you’ll never know what’s going to happen next.”
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.