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E3 2019 Star Ikumi Nakamura Departs Tango Gameworks, GhostWire: Tokyo

Of the presenters that took to the stage at E3 2019, two bright stars, in particular, stood out greatly. One was the breathtaking crowd favourite Keanu Reeves, who made a surprise announcement on his involvement in CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077; the other came in the form of industry veteran Ikumi Nakamura – creative director, art director, and senior concept artist at Tango Gameworks (the developers behind The Evil Within) – who won over the hearts of many with her enthusiastic, endearing presentation of GhostWire: Tokyo.

But three months later, the affable individual has now announced her departure from the studio, leaving her position of creative director and art director for the project. In a tweet, she explained that she has reached the end of her journey, and is looking to dabble in collaborative efforts.

Nakamura’s presence is sure to be felt, and many are bound to miss her infectious energy, bubbly personality, and natural charisma in the short term. It remains unclear how her departure leaves the rest of the team, although the development of GhostWire: Tokyo should still be in good hands under founder Shinji Mikami’s leadership, whose past work experience includes a stint at Capcom.

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Shinji Mikami will continue to lead the team at Tango Gameworks.

“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,” Bethesda expressed in a statement addressed to Polygon. “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.”

With Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2019 kicking in next week on September 12, and the “@ TGS 2019” portion of Nakamura’s Twitter header, it’s safe to assume that more details about the game will be revealed during the event itself. It should prove to be an exciting affair – not much of GhostWire: Tokyo is known outside a reveal trailer, genre classification (action-adventure), and an official description, so a first look at gameplay, characters, or plot details is expected.

If anything, enthusiasts can most certainly look forward to its breathtakingly gorgeous, alluring visuals.


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