Fans have been greatly anticipating Ghostwire: Tokyo, the next game from the studio Tango Gameworks. Unfortunately, developers have confirmed that the title has been delayed to 2022.
In a statement, devs wrote, “We’ve made the decision to delay the launch of Ghostwire: Tokyo to early 2022. We want to get the game in your hands as soon as possible so you can experience the unforgettable version of a haunted Tokyo that we’ve been hard at work building. At the same time, we’re also focused on protecting the health of everyone at Tango.”
The statement concludes: “Our new release window will give us time to bring the world of Ghostwire to life as we’ve always envisioned it. Thank you for being patient as we work to bring you an experience unlike anything else we’ve ever made. We can’t wait to show you more in the coming months.”
Ghostwire: Tokyo will offer players a chance to use their own otherworldly abilities to fight supernatural foes. But former game creative director Ikumi Nakamura struggled with a much more down-to-earth foe: burnout. As Gamespot previously reported, Nakamura suffered from feelings of burnout and left the project in 2019.
“You can’t make games if you’re not healthy,” she said. “I started wondering whether there wasn’t a way for me to make games while feeling better. I took the decision to quit before it was too late. I was running away in a way.”
The change in creative direction did not seem to directly delay the game. Instead, Tango simply seems devoted to bringing us the best possible version of this title. Interestingly, Ghostwire: Tokyo will remain a timed exclusive on PC and PlayStation 5 despite Microsoft now owning Tango thanks to their acquisition of ZeniMax and Bethesda.
The timed exclusivity means we won’t get an Xbox version until 2023 at the earliest. But at least Microsoft players can look forward to playing a very polished version of this now-delayed game.