Thursday, March 24, 2022
With the launch of Ghostwire: Tokyo on PS5 and PC this week, Shinji Mikami, producer and founder of developer Tango Gameworks (best known for his work on the Resident Evil series) has expressed a desire to create games within genres other than horror.
To date, Tango Gameworks' output includes The Evil Within and its sequel, as well as Ghostwire: Tokyo, which, while not overtly scary, has its roots in Japanese folklore and horror, with plenty of unsettling stories and inherent weirdness.
“I hope to eventually change the image that Tango Gameworks currently has,” Mikami told Japanese mag Famitsu (via VGC). “At the moment, we are still seen as a studio that specialises only in survival horror.”
He continued: "Of course, it's nice to have fans think of us as a studio with a reputation for developing survival horror games. But we also want to be viewed as a studio that can create a wider variety of games."
That said, Mikami himself even admitted that Ghostwire: Tokyo isn't actually a horror game. “Some people may feel that Ghostwire: Tokyo has a bit of a horror feel to it. But make no mistake, Ghostwire: Tokyo is not a horror game. It is an arcade-style action-adventure game.”
Mikami went on to reveal that the studio - now owned by Microsoft following its acquisition of parent company ZeniMax Media - is currently working on its next project, and it's not a horror game.
“John Johanas, who directed the DLC for The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2, is working on a completely new title that is the complete opposite of horror,” Mikami confirmed. “It’s a really good game, so keep your eyes peeled.”
Ghostwire: Tokyo launches tomorrow for PlayStation 5 and PC, and will be coming to Xbox Series X|S by March 2023 at the earliest.
Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 10:19 AM