At Bethesda's E3 2019 showcase, Ikumi Nakamura's cheery introduction for GhostWire: Tokyo, the next project from Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks, left an unforgettable impression on viewers. Now, after a career shakeup and a lot of traveling, Ikumi made an appearance at The Game Awards 2019 that has the internet talking once again.
Nakamura took the stage to present the award for best art direction at The Game Awards and her infectious joy was in full effect. Before announcing the winner for the category, Nakamura acknowledged that she had a wild 2019—and that it's a-ok if you did too.
"Was 2019 a crazy year for you? It's ok. I'm here for you." -Ikumi Nakamura- Erika Ishii (@erikaishii) December 13, 2019
I love her and will protect her with my life. pic.twitter.com/SNjE43IaPE
ikumi: breathes- nines (@zeroescapes) December 13, 2019
literally everyone: pic.twitter.com/Zx38P0YVk6
I'd defend Ikumi Nakamura with my life. Come at me.- John Sandwich (@mistermegative) December 13, 2019
In September, Nakamura announced that she was leaving Tango Gameworks. Since then, she's been popping up at game studios all over the world, but we still don't know where she's going next.
One thing we pretty sure of is that she's not opposed to a bit of good trolling. In October, she helped PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya get the internet in a tizzy over the idea of an Okami sequel… but Kamiya's faked-out fans in the past, so perhaps the duo saw an opportunity for a gag and took it.
Oh yeah, and Control won the award for best art direction. Hooray Control!