Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ghostwire: Tokyo Gets a Free Visual Novel Prequel

Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude has been released on PlayStation 4 and 5, a visual novel prequel that focuses on one of the game's main characters, KK, six months before the events of the main game.

KK is the voice inside protagonist Akito's head in Ghostwire, but in Prelude he's a normal human detective investigating a series of urban legends come to life.

Announced on the PlayStation Blog, Prelude has been designed to give players a taste of Ghostwire's world ahead of the main game's release date of March 25.

Scenario writer Takahiro Kaji said: "There’s a different, kind of more relaxed atmosphere in the visual novel. KK is a veteran, accustomed to the situation, working within his realm of expertise and there’s good teamwork with Rinko’s group.

"By understanding KK a little better through Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude, the player would be able to gain more perspective and see another side to KK’s dialogue in Ghostwire: Tokyo.

The visual novel is seemingly meant to be played multiple times, as the blog states that players will encounter new elements of the story with each playthrough.

Prelude and the main Ghostwire are both set in a Tokyo where supernatural creatures from Japanese mythology make their way into the real world.

While the visual novel is purely story driven, Ghostwire: Tokyo is a first person action game where the player fights these mythical beasts in their mission to save the city from a supernatural occurrence called The Vanishing, where 99% of the population disappeared.

You can read more about how Ghostwire: Tokyo actually works here, or check out IGN's first preview of the game for our thoughts on the game ahead of its release. Perhaps the most important detail, however, is that Shiba Inu dogs are key to finding all of the game's collectibles.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.


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