Ikumi Nakamura leaves Tango Gameworks before Ghostwire: Tokyo’s completion

Tango Gameworks creative and art director Ikumi Nakamura has departed the company after nine years. The artist and designer worked on both The Evil Within games before presenting her most recent project, Ghostwire: Tokyo, at the Bethesda show at E3 2019. 

While Nakamura did not detail why she was leaving in her departure announcement, her tweets about moving on were very positive, despite seemingly not yet having secured a new position.

“After 9 years as Creative director [and] 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!” Nakamura announced via Twitter.

“It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction. Many Zenimax fellows have personally SAYONARA messaged me. thank you so much. “Hurricane 193″ will land on Zenimax at the end of this month. IT teams should raise the security level to the maximum. Can’t stop me!! Take care. HAHAHA!”


“If somebody ask ‘What project do you want to get involved again?’ to me, I’ll answer Okami,” she replied to a commenter after the announcement.

“We can confirm that Nakamura-san has decided to leave Tango and we wish her the best of luck in whatever is next for her,” Bethesda told Polygon in a formal statement. “Tango continues to be led by the legendary Shinji Mikami and his talented team in the development of GhostWire: Tokyo. We look forward to sharing more on what they’re creating in the coming months.”

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