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Over six million have played and enjoyed Ghostwire: Tokyo

More than six million in a little over a year isn't half-bad considering that it was exclusive to the PlayStation 5 on consoles for a year.

Ghostwire: Tokyo isn't a system seller by any means but it's a great addition to the Xbox family.

Tango Gameworks, in partnership with Bethesda, proudly celebrates a milestone for its spooky spellbinding narrative, Ghostwire: Tokyo.

The game, despite a blend of open world collectathon and horror, which might not have been every player's cup of tea, has garnered over six million players globally.

This celebratory news was revealed through a captivating illustration shared across various platforms, including X. With the players exploring the dark alleys and haunted streets of Ghostwire: Tokyo, the eerie aura of the game remains undiminished.

The game's success can be attributed to several factors. Accessibility plays a crucial role here, as Ghostwire: Tokyo is part of the widely popular Game Pass library. However, a game's presence on the Game Pass doesn't guarantee its success. It does help, however, that it's only a meager 20GB install. The increase in player count also correlates with its timeline.

Debuting on PlayStation 5 and PC in March 2022, it later found its way to the Xbox Series S/X a little over a year later in April. By June, the player count had skyrocketed to five million, emphasizing the game's expanding appeal.

Ghostwire: Tokyo offers a gripping tale of mysterious disappearances within Tokyo. The story is intricately woven with threads of occult leaders, conspiracy theories, and ancient legends, making it an immersive experience. Players don the mantle of a character armed with unique abilities, tasked with uncovering the source of malevolence and the cleansing of this haunting presence from Tokyo.

If Microsoft wants the Game Pass to grow, it needs to add more of the likes of Ghostwire: Tokyo.

Ghostwire: Tokyo's atmospheric portrayal of Shibuya has received praise. The game perfectly captures the city's essence, transforming the bustling city into a foreboding, shadowy realm awaiting exploration.

Post its initial release, Ghostwire: Tokyo wasn't content with resting on its laurels. The free Spider's Thread update not only delivered the much-requested dodge button but also introduced a roguelite mode and an immersive side quest. Set within a haunted high school and tipping its hat to horror classics like The Ring, Fear the Children momentarily veered away from the game's usual shooting and collecting mechanics.

For its duration, players are entrapped in the school, with an amplified focus on horror. The update also brought in new levels, additional challenges, skills, and in-game currency opportunities. Furthermore, fresh locations like the local Middle School area provided more quests and enigmas for players to dive into.

It's unclear what kind of game Tango Gameworks is working on next.

If nothing else, this success should guarantee that Ghostwire: Tokyo will get a sequel, something that its director, Kenji Kimura, has subtly teased at in recent months. 

It remains to be seen how Ghostwire: Tokyo will look without Shinji Mikami's influence, who left the company as Hi-Fi Rush came out.

While all eyes are on the "bigger" names of ZeniMax Media following the acquisition of Microsoft, Tango Gameworks has proven itself to be a low-key hit maker for the Xbox platform. With both Hi-Fi Rush and Ghostwire: Tokyo under its belt, it might be a good idea for Phil Spencer to pay more attention to Xbox's only Japanese subsidiary. If nothing else, closer ties with a Japanese studio might help strengthen its relationship with Square Enix, which has since agreed to bring FF14 to the Xbox with FF7 Remake and FF7 Rebirth as well as FF16 possibly following suit

Ghostwire: Tokyo is easily one of the most underrated games to come out in recent years.

The Xbox Game Pass recently underwent a price increase with the one-dollar free trial no longer available ahead of the release of Starfield.

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  1. There has been a huge rise in horror games dealing with or set in Japan in the last 10 years. This one was by far, my favorite one.

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