Ghostwire: Tokyo Is Finally Coming To Xbox Consoles
I love Ghostwire: Tokyo, Tango Gameworks’ weird open world immersive sim first person “go to the icons and do missions” game. It was clearly inspired by about a half dozen other games across the action genre, and while it doesn’t quite pop as much as the big hits out there, it’s still very special and iconic in its own right.
It’s also a standout example of what ray tracing can do for a game. Even though it was published by Microsoft-owned Bethesda, an older business deal kept it exclusive to PS5 and PC for at least the first year. I had thought that once that deal expired on March 25th we’d immediately see it release on Xbox…and I was right, sort of.
This morning Microsoft announced via a hilariously short video that Ghostwire will hit Xbox consoles and the Game Pass service on April 12, several weeks after the old business deal expires. I’m guessing this is to help give it a separate marketing window away from the upcoming juggernaut that is the Resident Evil 4 remake — though the two games are nothing alike outside of both being horror action titles. Resident Evil is a precise linear shooting and kicking festival, where Ghostwire is a much more thoughtful and methodical exploration of an open world Tokyo rendered in stunning detail as you root around in various loot chests and solve quest objectives. Also some ghosts and other monsters must sometimes be shot with a magic-based combat system that pastes a unique visual look over Bioshock, more or less.
Recently, Atomic Heart hit the top of the download charts as a fun Bioshock clone, but I think Ghostwire is a much better game in every way. The writing, visual aesthetic, and overall action gameplay are much more interesting and better executed than those elements in the admittedly scrappy Atomic Heart, and as such I’m hopeful that Ghostwire will get a better audience thanks to its impending Game Pass availability.
If you can’t quite wait that long for the game to hit a monthly subscription platform and happen to own a PS5, it’ll also come out on the PS Plus Extra and Premium tiers on March 21st. While I’m sure that the Xbox versions will run just fine, the PS5 release has the added benefit of one of…