Ghostwire: Tokyo is a 2022 action-adventure game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game released worldwide on March 25, 2022 as a one-year timed exclusive for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5.
In June 2019, during Bethesda Softworks’s press conference at E3 2019, Shinji Mikami and creative director Ikumi Nakamura announced Ghostwire: Tokyo, an action-adventure game with horror elements.Nakamura later resigned from Tango Gameworks in September 2019, leaving the studio after nine years.Unlike The Evil Within series of video games, Ghostwire is primarily an action-adventure game instead of a survival horror game, though the game still retains some horror themes and elements. Shinichirō Hara, who worked on the combat of 2016’s Doom, joined Tango to help the team craft the game’s action-oriented combat. According to him, the game’s combat, which was largely inspired by Kuji-kiri and martial arts, enabled the team to “put a lot more movement and personality into the player action as the player’s hands are organic extensions of the character”.The game uses Unreal Engine 4.
On September 21, 2020, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company, ZeniMax Media and Microsoft announced Microsoft’s intent to buy ZeniMax and its studios, including Tango Gameworks, for US$7.5 billion, incorporating the studios as part of Xbox Game Studios, with the sale finalized on March 9, 2021.Xbox Game Studios head Phil Spencer said that this deal would not affect the pre-existing plan to release Ghostwire: Tokyo as a console-exclusive on the PlayStation 5, and the game would eventually arrive on Xbox consoles at least one year after the initial release.Those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition via PlayStation Store were granted early access to the game on March 22, 2022.[The game released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5 on March 25, 2022.