First Ghostwire: Tokyo gameplay haunts us with spooky yokai

Keeping Tokyo's streets clean.

The first gameplay footage of Ghostwire: Tokyo has been shown during the PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming show tonight.

The highly anticipated title from Tango Gameworks drew massive attention at E3 last year, thanks in no small part to the presentation and charm of Ikumi Nakamura. We only got a glimpse of the premise back then, and tonight marks our first real look at the title in action. Don’t worry, we’ve only got the very small and simple task of saving Tokyo on our hands. No biggie.

Ghostwire Tokyo gameplay reveal
 
© Tango Gameworks

As one of the few people capable of seeing spirits, it’s our job to battle them and reclaim the city streets. It looks like there will be a mix of magic and traditional weaponry available. We briefly see a bow in the hands of the player,as well as fire magic, but it looks like the majority of takedowns will be done via hand, physically tearing out the oddly digital-looking hearts of the spirits faced.

Speaking of which, the new trailer showed us all manner of unsettling humanoid spirits, including headless, skipping schoolgirls, faceless, machete-wielding men with umbrellas, creatures composed of cardboard boxes and more. We’re not really looking forward to facing any of them, but they certainly look stylish when lit by Tokyo’s neon, rainslick streets. Ghostwire Tokyo is due to release next year, 2021, under Bethesda’s publishing arm.

The spirits you'll be facing off against include:

  • Amewarashi: This entity manifests as a young child in a yellow raincoat. Derived from the powerful emotions of sadness caused by being separated from his parents, as well as his innocent yet mischievous spirit, this Visitor will call for help and bring forth fellow spirit when it feels threatened.
  • Shiromuku: Shiromuku is a traditional type of pure white wedding kimono, and though she may appear to be a bride, this Visitor is actually a physical manifestation of powerful emotions. This Visitor represents regret and strong feelings for a partner she was never able to marry.
  • Kuchisake: Inspired by an actual urban legend, the Kuchisake-onna is a strong and agile opponent, capable of closing distances quickly to get at you with her large scissor blades. Be careful if she asks you if you find her attractive; there are no right answers there.

This news arrived as part of the PlayStation PS5 Future of Gaming Show. We're covering all the biggest news and game reveals form the hour-long showcase. It's the first real look at the PlayStation 5's lineup of titles, including Gran Turismo, a new Ratchet & Clank and more. As we're covering the show live, expect these articles to be updated as more information arrives. To keep up to date on all the details covered during the show, but sure to check out our PS5 tab by clicking here. The PlayStation 5 is due to release this holiday season.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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