Japanese studio Tango Gameworks has announced that the upcoming PlayStation 5 timed exclusive Ghostwire: Tokyo has been delayed into early 2022.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the studio said “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. Our new release window will give us time to bring the world of Ghostwire to life as we’ve always envisioned it.”
The studio is itself also based in Tokyo, and the country of Japan has been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks. Just yesterday, the city entered its latest state of emergency which will run through until August and has resulted in spectators being barred from the Olympic Games which are supposed to take place in the city later this month having already been postponed from 2020. Though the pandemic isn’t specifically mentioned in the statement, it’s pretty clear this is likely what the “protecting the health” portion is in reference to.
Ghostwire Tokyo was first revealed back at E3 2019, and was headed up by Ikumi Nakamura before her departure in 2019 leading to the formation of her own studio earlier this year. Development was said to still be holding up well without her, however — though we’ve not seen much of the game since Xbox bought Tango Gameworks along with the rest of Bethesda’s studios in March.
The game will still be honouring its PlayStation 5 and PC exclusivity in spite of the purchase, so hopefully assuming all proceeds well we’ll eventually get to see more of Ghostwire Tokyo in the future.
— Ghostwire: Tokyo (@playGhostwire) July 13, 2021