Ikumi Nakamura, the creative director for Ghostwire: Tokyo has announced her departure from Tango Gameworks.
Nakamura was with the studio for nine years, joining just one month before it was acquired by Zenimax. During this time she served as lead art designer for The Evil Within and its 2017 sequel.
Most recently she gained online fame after her charismatic reveal of Ghostwire: Tokyo during Bethesda's E3 2019 Showcase.
Nakamura announced her departure on twitter today.
After 9 years as Creative director & Art Director at Tango and Zenimax - I felt here is one of ends of the journeys . I learned from the talented people I've worked with and I respect. 🙏😊 Contact me if anyone wants to work with me! → https://t.co/4VKLdY2ejl pic.twitter.com/Hbsuta3Rgo— Ikumi Nakamura @TGS2019 (@nakamura193) September 4, 2019
"I've also decided to proceed to the new world I can keep myself happy and somebody require me," Nakamura said in a follow up tweet. "Now the huge world is showing me infinite possibilities, like an open world video game. Life in NOT linear."
Whether this departure will change the timeline for Ghostwire's release is unclear, although it's not uncommon for creative directors to depart when a project is nearing completion.