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Ghostwire Tokyo creative director Nakamura is opening new studio

Ghostwire Tokyo creative director Nakamura is opening new studio

The ex-creative director of Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire Tokyo Ikumi Nakamura is opening an independent games studio.

In a documentary on YouTubeas spotted by VGC – Nakamura said that she left Tango in part due to the negative impact that working life was having on her health.

“You can’t make games if you’re not healthy,” she said.

“I started wondering whether there wasn’t a way for me to make games while feeling better. I took the decision to quit before it was too late.

There's no word yet about what her studio is going to be called, but Nakamura said she wants to "hire many foreigners" to learn about new cultures. She's also said she wants to create a game with dark humour.

“Many players think of me as someone drawn by horror or the grotesque. It’s true in a way. However, one thing I’m aiming for is to stop making games too seriously," she explained.

“If I had to compare myself to a Marvel character, I would go with Deadpool, who’s left out of the Avengers. I want to make a game full of dark jokes. I wish I could tell you more.”

Nakamura is a vet of Capcom and Platinum before joining Tango Gameworks, working on The Evil Within series and Ghostwire Tokyo. She became more of a public figure after showing off that last title at E3 2019, but departed the developer just a few months later.

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