Ghostwire: Tokyo Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura Leaves Studio Tango Gameworks
Ikumi Nakamura leaves Tango Gameworks.
In a surprise announcement via Twitter, creative director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo, Ikumi Nakamura, stated that she is leaving Tango Gameworks and Bethesda/Zenimax. She made a huge splash at E3 2019 when she gave a presentation for the reveal of Ghostwire: Tokyo and charmed everyone with her own charisma. She spent nine years with the studio and was a lead art designer for both The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2. She also worked on Bayonetta with Platinum Games and Okami with Capcom.
After 9 years as Creative director & Art Director at Tango and Zenimax - I felt here is one of ends of the journeys . I learned from the talented people I've worked with and I respect. ?? Contact me if anyone wants to work with me! → https://t.co/4VKLdY2ejl pic.twitter.com/Hbsuta3Rgo— Ikumi Nakamura @TGS2019 (@nakamura193) September 4, 2019
Nakamura-san hasn't stated what she'll be doing next, but her follow-up tweets suggest that she could be moving on to another project. It's not uncommon for creative directors to leave their positions before their project launches--recently, Sebastian Stępień left CD Projekt Red as creative director of Cyberpunk 2077 and Tim Longo left 343 Industries having worked on Halo Infinite.
Ghostwire: Tokyo was one of the surprise announcements of E3 2019, which came out of Bethesda's press conference. It's an action-adventure game taking place in Tokyo that incorporates horror elements, but won't be a survival horror game like The Evil Within. In the reveal trailer, citizens disappear as a spooky atmosphere envelops the city before supernatural entities start to surface. From what we gathered, you'll be investigating the nature of the disappearances and come in contact with many spirits, some peaceful and some dangerous. You can watch the trailer below.
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A release window and platforms have yet to be detailed--famed game developer Shinji Mikami (best known for the Resident Evil series) and his studio Tango Gameworks are at the helm for Ghostwire: Tokyo.