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Ghostwire: Tokyo Obon Update to Include Seasonal Content on August 3

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Details for the Ghostwire: Tokyo update have been shared by Bethesda today. The Obon update is focused on the idea of commemorating one’s ancestors. It features bug fixes and will also feature seasonal content later this week.

If you’re familiar with Ghostwire: Tokyo, then you know it is a game about rescuing spirits from evil and helping them pass on. Obon is specifically a time to commemorate one’s ancestors whose spirits have returned to the world during this time of year. Bethesda explains Obon as follows:

Obon traditions vary throughout Japan, but the most common are holding summer festivals in school yards or parks, with everyone dancing the Bon Odori together to welcome the spirits of their ancestors. In some areas, an event called ‘Toro-nagashi’ is also held, in which lanterns are floated down a river or into the sea to mourn the souls of the departed.

A scenic path up a stairway in the woods in imagined Tokyo, Japan.

This Ghostwire: Tokyo update will focus heavily on this tradition. Areas in the game are inspired by this event, and Tokyo Bon dance is available as an emote in Photo Mode. But coming up this Wednesday, August 3, a new festive Obon costume and a new Photo Mode emote will be available to players.

The Obon costume will include a casual Kimono-style jacket and short pants. The new emote will allow Akito to crouch down and enjoy the sparkle of a senko hanabi (“hanabi” meaning “fire flower,” as the festival includes fireworks).

This extra content will be available at the following times on August 3, depending on your location:

  • 8AM PDT
  • 11AM ET
  • 10AM CT
  • 3PM UTC
  • 4PM BST
  • 12AM JST (August 4)

As far as the bug fixes that come with this update, there are some that are for all platforms, and others specific to the PS5. The updates for all platforms include:

  • Adjustment to Gliding Behavior
  • Adjustment to effects
  • Adjustment to emote volume
  • A Change in acquisition flow for login bonuses
  • A fix for a progression issue during “Hide and Seek 3” side mission
  • A fix for a crash issue when changing settings

For PS5, Bethesda has fixed a crash issue during Hyakki Yako.