Tango Gameworks wants to shed its horror image in the future

Tango Gameworks – led by former Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami – seeks to rid itself of its current image. In an interview with Famitsu – transcribed by VGC – the living legend explains how he appreciates the reputation, but ultimately wants to be known for more than just horror games.

With the name Shinji Mikami stuck to every Tango Gameworks project, it’s quite understandable how the studio got the rep. Then again, the developer did kind of keep that rep going with The Evil Within series. But really, Shinji isn’t all about horror. There’s more to his studio than that. According to the man himself, future projects will be the proof of that. Ghostwire: Tokyo is just a start.

“I hope to eventually change the image that Tango Gameworks currently has. At the moment, we are still seen as a studio that specializes only in survival horror.

“Of course, it’s nice to have fans think of us as a studio with a reputation for developing survival horror games. But we also want to be viewed as a studio that can create a wider variety of games. We will be releasing more and more new games in the future, starting with Ghostwire: Tokyo, so please give us your support.”

In fact, Tango Gameworks is already working on something which should be considered the total opposite of horror. John Johanas – the director of The Evil Within DLC – is on top of that. Plus, Ghostwire: Tokyo isn’t even a horror game if you ask Shinji. Sure, it takes place in a ghost town with freakish spirits, but it ain’t horror. I mean, look at the trailer above. That ain’t horror, right?

Some people may feel that Ghostwire: Tokyo has a bit of a horror feel to it. But make no mistake, Ghostwire: Tokyo is not a horror game. It is an arcade-style action-adventure game.

“Even if I explained it like that, you might still be thinking, ‘No, after The Evil Within series?’ But it’s pure action, as you freely explore a deserted Tokyo while defeating enemies.”

Do I agree with him on that last claim? Come back later and find out in the Ghostwire: Tokyo review, which is due to arrive shortly.