The first look at Ghostwire: Tokyo was shown off at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming event. The gameplay shown was all captured on the PlayStation 5, and the studio Tango Gameworks is excited to release the game in 2021.
“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.”
The action-horror game will feature first-person combat entered around the use of abilities. Details regarding the abilities and protagonist have yet to be revealed. However, the effects shown on the new console are beautiful.
The player will fight off against several different types of spirits shown in the trailer, each including its own fighting styles and weaknesses.
- 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.
These spirits draw heavy inspiration from Japanese folk lore and urban legends.
“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.”