PS5 gamers just got free access to a cool Ghostwire Tokyo experience

If you can't wait for Ghostwire: Tokyo, you can play in its world right now on PS5 (and PS4, too)

Ghostwire: Tokyo PS5 game
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It's already shaping up to be a brilliant year for PS5 gaming: I've lost many hours to the spectacularly beautiful Horizon: Forbidden West and my to-play list is already massive.

One of the incoming PS5 games I'm most excited about on PS5 is Ghostwire: Tokyo, which is coming out on 25 March – and to set the scene, Sony has unveiled an impressive freebie for both PS5 and PS4 players.

The free title is called Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude, and Sony calls it a "visual novel adventure". It's set six months before the events of the main game, and tells the tale of a group of investigators who stumble across something that seems to be distinctly supernatural.

Same world, different atmosphere

Although the preview is set in the same game world as Ghostwire: Tokyo, it's designed to have a different atmosphere and pace: the aim here is to immerse you more fully in Ghostwire's world, to give you some of the key character KK's background and of course, to get you excited about the game.

According to the official PlayStation blog, quoting game 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."

I love this kind of thing, because when it's done well it makes the actual game so much more special. If you're as excited as I am about Ghostwire: Tokyo, you've got just over three weeks to download the Prelude from the PlayStation Store to get ready for Ghostwire proper.

Want a blockbuster PS5 game to play right now? We recommend Horizon Forbidden West, which is truly epic. Today's best prices of Forbidden West can be viewed below.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (