Prelude follows KK, a detective who is investigating mysterious phenomena and discovers “urban legends coming to life”. KK is the spirit that lead character Akito teams up with in Ghostwire: Tokyo.
“In Ghostwire: Tokyo, a mass vanishing whisks away nearly every living being in the once-packed streets of Tokyo. Supernatural beings from myths and folklore take over the city and the lines of reality are blurred. To better understand how Tokyo got this way, let’s rewind the clock and see the city before everything descended into chaos,” reads the announcement.
Join KK and his team of supernatural detectives in Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude, a FREE visual novel adventure available today on PS4 & PS5, and on PC March 8.
— Ghostwire: Tokyo (@playGhostwire) March 1, 2022
According to director Kenji Kimura, “by having people experience and enjoy the events that occurred before the events in Ghostwire: Tokyo through a different genre made by a different team, it could help open up and widen people’s interpretations of the world and universe we’ve created.”
Scenario writer Takahiro Kaji added that . KK is a veteran, accustomed to the situation, working within his realm of expertise and there’s good teamwork with Rinko’s group.”
“By understanding KK a little better through Prelude, the player would be able to gain more perspective and see another side to KK’s dialogue in Ghostwire: Tokyo.”
In a hands-off preview of Ghostwire: Tokyo, NME said that it feels like “an intriguing exploration of Tokyo”, and spotted a glimpse at “the imaginatively surreal adventures that could lie ahead”.