Ghostwire: Tokyo has been delayed until early 2022.
In a statement released on Twitter, developers Tango Gameworks confirmed that the game would not release this year as intended but be pushed back to the beginning on 2021. While the team is currently hard at worked creating “the unforgettable version of a haunted Tokyo… [Tango Gameworks is] also focused on protecting the health of everyone at Tango.”
Crunch in game development has been highly criticized. Most recently, this conversation surrounding developer health has come to head during the development of The Last Of Us Part II and Cyberpunk 2077. Crunch related to the former game was seen particularly negatively due to company promises to avoid crunch and the resulting game itself. These, and other instances, forced the conversation of developer health into the spotlight.
Additionally, Bethesda was purchased by Microsoft, Ghostwire: Tokyo was developed with a PlayStation exclusivity agreement. This means that Xbox or PC players may have to wait even long
Ghostwire: Tokyo received a lot of positive press when it was announced during Bethesda’s E3 2019 Showcase. While the game itself seemed promising, it was developer Ikumi Nakamura’s charming personality who captured the attention of viewers. Although she has since left the studio, Ghostwire: Tokyo is still excitedly awaited for by fans.