As fans continue to wait for the release of Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks, studio founder Shinji Mikami has revealed that another new title is already in production. This is led by the director of Evil Within 2.
Mikami appeared in a video with Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, as part of Microsoft’s live stream event on the first day of the Tokyo Game Show, stating that John Johannas, director of The Evil Within 2, is working on a new title. Alluded to.
Mikami mentioned Johanna when Spencer told him to talk about Tango Gameworks’ philosophy of nurturing young new talent. “Currently, John is working hard on a new game,” Mikami told Spencer.
Mikami didn’t give any further hints about the types of games Johanna might be working on. Since Microsoft acquired Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax Media and its studio last year, all the titles Johanas is working on may have been developed with the Xbox platform in mind.
Johanas has been with Tango Gameworks since August 2010 and was the visual effects designer for the 2014 survival horror title “The Evil Within.” Johanas was the director of two DLC products for the game.
He then took a torch from Mikami and directed The Evil Within 2. Taking on both the pressure to build a franchise and pulling the reins from the legend of survival horror in Mikami, Johanas helped provide an experience that was primarily positively responsive to critics and players. I did. Released in 2017.
In a past interview, Mikami tapped Johannas to direct “The Evil Within 2”, partly because veteran game designers cultivated Tango Gameworks talent and spread their wings to young creatives. He says it’s because he sees it as a place to give him an opportunity.
Mikami has a long career in business and has been positive about it by providing opportunities for young talents like Johanna and giving them the space and freedom to come up with new ideas.
Spencer also hinted at that in TGS chat. “One of the things you and I talked about is the importance of young people in the industry, bringing new voices to the creative team and listening to the opinions of a new generation of creators,” Spencer said.
Mikami gives young creatives a chance and room for creativity by providing opportunities early rather than later, rather than having them wait their turn. In a conversation with Spencer at the TGS presentation, he described philosophy as follows: “As a studio that wants to give young people a big chance, we are always trying to create new games.”
Spencer asked Mikami about his young talent in the studio, and in addition to picking out Johanna, Mikami also mentioned Kenji Kimura, the next director of GhostWire: Tokyo. “He is a young creator who works hard and does his best as a director,” said Mikami. “He really has a lot of abilities.”
Ikumi Nakamura is one example. Nakamura joined Mikami at Tango Gameworks in 2010, working on both The Evil Within and its sequel. Ghostwire: Her energetic presentation at E3 2019 as part of the Tokyo team became a hot topic on social media. Nakamura then left the company to lead her own independent studio.
The Johanas project may be obscured for some time, but Kimura-led Ghostwire: Tokyo has experienced a delay and will be released for PlayStation 5 and PCs dedicated to limited consoles. In 2022.
Jason Coskrey is a Tokyo-based writer. Find him on twitter @JCoskrey..