Tango Gameworks and Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming action-horror game Ghostwire Tokyo was originally conceived as The Evil Within 3, according to a report by GameSpot. Development changed midway which caused the studio to explore a new IP instead.
As revealed by GameSpot, Ghostwire Tokyo would’ve been a very different game. Originally envisioned as The Evil Within 3, some development changes occurred during its cycle that caused Tango Gameworks to reevaluate and change the title into a new IP.
Ghostwire Tokyo does has some of The Evil Within‘s DNA, including its imaginative monster designs, but it’s certainly not a traditional horror game. Speaking to TheGamer, director Kenji Kimura clarified:
“Ghostwire Tokyo is definitely not a horror game. We are trying to make a game that is spooky and mysterious and maybe the trailers made it feel like a horror thing, but it’s not. That’s not our intention, it’s definitely a spooky thing but it’s almost on the border of horror.”
This point was also stressed by former creative director Ikumi Nakamura when she revealed Ghostwire Tokyo in 2019, confirming that it wasn’t a horror game like The Evil Within, but would still retain some spooky elements and surprises.
Game director Shinji Mikami, who created Resident Evil and The Evil Within, will spearhead the upcoming action-adventure game as its producer, with Kimura now serving as the director following Nakamura’s departure from Tango Gameworks.
Ghostwire Tokyo recently had a big gameplay unveiling along with a release date. We managed to get a first look at the game in a hands-off preview event, which you can read all about right here.
Ghostwire Tokyo releases on 25 March 2022 for PS5 and PC. It will likely come to Xbox after a year as a timed exclusive to PlayStation, considering the same deal was struck with Arkane’s Deathloop.