New Ghostbusters Game With First-Person And 4v1 Battle Against Ghosts
A new Ghostbusters game is coming from the developer of Friday the 13th: The Game and it will be released on the PC later this year. On Tuesday, developer Illfonic announced Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, an all-ages take on its new four-versus-one asymmetric multiplayer games, where you play as your own original Ghostbusters team — or you can be a ghost hellbent on wreaking havoc.
As for Ghostbusters, players will wield Proton Packs, Particle Throwers, Ghost Traps, and a PKE Meter in first-person in order to track, attack, and subdue ghosts as a team of four. As one of a variety of playable ghosts, players will also terrorize everyday citizens in a variety of locations, possess objects in the environment, and teleport across maps using rifts. Ghosts aren’t defenseless, either; they can slime and stun the enemy Ghostbusters team as they try to hunt each map to completion.
Your Ghostbusters team will set up in the original film’s firehouse, it comes with the Ecto-1 in the group’s garage. Winston Zeddemore, voiced by Ernie Hudson, will give guidance there, while Ray Stantz, voiced by Dan Aykroyd, will give insight into the spectral world from Ray’s Occult Books — it is located just across the street from the firehouse, for the goals of the game.
At the firehouse, players will customize their own Ghostbuster and their load-outs. While the classic Ghostbusters gear is available here in Spirits Unleashed, other unlockable weapons and gear will also become available to further customize your team.
The game is family-friendly, not a violent game that would be accessible to Ghostbusters fans of all ages. Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will support cross-platform play across consoles and PC, and features AI-controlled companions to load up teams in an effort to make getting into games faster. Matches should last no longer than 10 minutes, the creators said.
Illfonic showed Polygon an extended gameplay preview of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed last week, showcasing a team of Ghostbusters responding to a ghost infestation at a New York City museum. They battled a purple, minion-summoning slime, hunting it down and stunning it with a PKE Meter, then laboriously trapping it with their chaotic particle throwers. One teammate was in charge of the trap, throwing it and opening it at just the right time.
Illfonic revealed a battle from the ghost’s perspective — which is played in third-person — where the specter created mischief by startling museum-goers and inhabiting a variety of objectives (a wheeled mop bucket, “Wet Floor” signs, etc.), turning the experience into a prop hunt-style game. The ghost will also have the advantage of Ghost Vision, an ability that lets it see human players and NPCs through walls.
The trailer for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed shows at least four playable ghosts, including Slimer, coming to the game. Illfonic also promises multiple maps and hinted at unlockable ghostbusting tools that fans haven’t seen before.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is set in the films’ canon, after the events of 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Spirits Unleashed will even take that film’s “it’s OK, good even, to cross the streams” to let players unleash a powered-up team particle beam. Players will not, however, get a possibility to drive the Ecto-1 as part of their ghostbusting outings.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.