Creative director Nakamura leaves Tango with Ghostwire: Tokyo in development

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Ikumi Nakamura

Ghostwire: Tokyo creative and art director Ikumi Nakamura has left Tango Gameworks and parent company Zenimax Media.

The news comes with Ghostwire: Tokyo, the next game in the works after The Evil Within 2 from legendary developer Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks, which was under Nakamura’s creative directorship, and far from completion. Nakamura announced her departure on a LinkedIn post, saying: “After 9 years as Creative director & Art Director at Tango and Zenimax – I felt here is one of ends of the journeys. For several years, I have been doing my best to create GhostWire: Tokyo which I’ve felt like my child. I’ve also decided to proceed to the new world.”

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Zenimax Media said: “We can confirm that Nakamura-san has decided to leave Tango and we wish her the best of luck in whatever is next for her. Tango continues to be led by the legendary Shinji Mikami and his talented team in the development of Ghostwire: Tokyo. We look forward to sharing more on what they’re creating in the coming months.”

Nakamura’s nine-year stint at Tango Gameworks saw her work as an artist and designer on The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2; before that, she worked on Bayonetta at Platinum Games. Tango Gameworks and Zenimax Media have not yet revealed who will replace her as Ghostwire: Tokyo’s creative director. Ghostwire: Tokyo was revealed at publisher Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference. Set in a meticulously modeled Tokyo in which spooky happenings are taking place, details about the game are currently few and far between. Bethesda has not yet pinned an approximate release date on Ghostwire: Tokyo; nor do we know which platforms it is being developed for. You might want to keep an eye on its website in search of further news.