E3 2019: Shinji Mikami Reveals Ghost Wire: Tokyo

Welp, looks like everyone was wrong. Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, and The Evil Within had been preparing to announce something at E3 — and it isn’t anything we thought it’d be.

An all new IP being described as a “spooky” action adventure game, Ghost Wire: Tokyo looks equal parts Hideo Kojima weirdness and Fatal Frame ghostiness. Honestly, it looks like a lot of stuff, but it is very, very Japanese for sure — the Tokyo part of the title is apt. It’s pretty awesome to see a new game set in Japan, as it feels like very few are these days. I can count the number of games set there on one hand for this generation (counting the Yakuza series as one title, because that seems unfair otherwise).

I can’t exactly tell whether this is going to be something we’ll be covering over time, as the trailer does little more than establish some set pieces and a sort of vague gist of the story (Thanos snapped the shit outta tokyo, there’s like ghost ronin or something, and there are swords I guess). Action Adventure is a pretty broad genre (Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham, and Metal Gear are all “action adventure,” and about all they have in common is that they’re third person), so I’d really like to know more. For now though, that’s what we’ve got — no release date either. I expect it might be awhile before we hear more on this.

I’m sure a lot of you guys are pretty heartbroken it isn’t The Evil Within 3, which I don’t blame you for. Things like REmake 3 or especially Dino Crisis were always a long shot, but at least that seemed likely. Regardless, Shinji Mikami has an awesome legacy outside of straight horror — Vanquish is tremendous in my opinion, and God Hand is one of the best PS2 games. We’ll be watching this game’s progress with great interest, even if we don’t end up covering it here.

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