Alongside its headless schoolgirls, savage demons, and various other ghouls and goblins, Ghostwire: Tokyo also features pettable Shiba Inus. It appears they’re intended to do more than look cute, however, as developer Tango Gameworks has revealed they actually play a part in completing Ghostwire’s side activities.
The game’s official Twitter account posted (below) a short clip of protagonist Akito speaking to a Shiba and revealed the dogs are actually key to unlocking some collectibles in the game.
Take care of dogs around the city by feeding them, and they’ll reward you with Meika—or even lead you to hidden collectibles. pic.twitter.com/RqRRa8mMMj
— Ghostwire: Tokyo (@playGhostwire) February 16, 2022
The player can collect dog food throughout Ghostwire’s spooky version of Tokyo and feed it to magical, glowing Shibas. Akito will then proceed to engage the Shiba in conversation before it runs off and digs up Meika (presumably the game’s currency) or leads the player to hidden collectibles.
One Twitter user asked the question on all of our minds, ‘Can you pet the dog?’, and the official Ghostwire account responded with a resounding yes: “You can pet all the dogs”.
Ghostwire: Tokyo will launch on March 25 for PlayStation 5 and PC and its story sees Akito wake up after the Vanishing where 99% of Tokyo’s population disappears. The city is instead filled with supernatural creatures and it’s the player’s job to save it.
IGN said in its preview for the game that, “with its mythic scope, open-world flourishes, and an arsenal of neat level design tricks, Ghostwire: Tokyo appears on the cusp of something special.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.