Gaming

Meet Ikumi Nakamura, Game Developer, E3 Star And The Internet’s New Favourite Person

The Japanese game director was the clear favourite coming out of E3.

Ikumi Nakamura, developer of GhostWire, at E3

This year, three clear heroes have emerged from E3, the international conference for gamers and developers. And they are, in ascending order of the unlikeliness of their internet fame: Keanu Reeves, a dude who shouted a lot at the Bethesda conference, and game designer Ikumi Nakamura.

Reeves took to the stage to announce his involvement in Cyberpunk 2077, the new game from Witcher developer CD Projekt Red. The shouty Bethesda guy never took to the stage at all, choosing instead to hoot and holler from the safety of the front row. And Ikumi Nakamura danced, shimmied and laughed her way into the hearts and minds of gamers the world over to announce her new game GhostWire: Tokyo.

GhostWire: Tokyo looks like a lot of fun. A bleak thriller that is definitely not a survival horror game, GhostWire deals with the fallout of a world where citizens have randomly disappeared and an evil force is unfurling across the city.

But for all that made GhostWire special, it was Nakamura herself who really emerged as the product everyone wanted to invest in.

Part of that surely is thanks to Nakamura’s manner, which was refreshingly enthusiastic. A lot of game devs and directors can make the mistake of thinking that they need to play things cool and professional at E3, coming across flat and disconnected in the process. Not so Nakamura, who began her presentation with a kinda impromptu knee hop and never bowed in excitement from there. In the staid and sometimes rather rote world of E3 presentations, Nakamura was a force for good.

But it’s not just her ability to charm the cameras that have punters talking. Fans are also deeply impressed by Nakamura’s CV, which includes involvement with such classics as OkamiBayonetta and The Evil Within.

She’s even been treated with the highest accolade of them all: fan art.

One thing is clear — we must all devote the rest of our lives to keeping Ikumi Nakamura safe.