Does bustin’ make you feel good? How about playing the one being busted? Well, if you like either, get ready. By the end of the year, the multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be released. The developer Illfonic announced the title while releasing a trailer today featuring both cut scenes and gameplay.
One thing you’ll notice as soon as you play the Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed trailer is some familiar voices. Ernie Hudson lends his voice to Winston Zeddemore and Dan Akroyd is on board to voice Ray Stantz. According to Polygon, players will start off in the fire house headquarters from the first two Ghostbusters films and Ray’s Occult Books will be right across the street. You can watch the trailer below.
Similar to Illfonic’s other multiplayer games like Predator: Hunting Grounds and Friday the 13th: The Game, in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed players will have a choice in their matches — they can play one of the four Ghosbusters, or they can play the ghost being pursued. Unlike those other games, which are known for a lot of violence and gore, Spirits Unleashed is all-ages fare. No one will die in the game. Ghosts lose when they’re trapped, and the Ghosbusting players can be stunned or otherwise incapacitated by various methods, including being slimed.
Like the eponymous heroes, the specter-slapping players of Ghosbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be armed with proton packs, ghost traps, and the iconic PKE meter to find the ghost and capture them. The Ecto-1 will apparently be off-limits, but who knows what could happen in future updates? Polygon hints that there will be methods for players to unlock bigger, better undead-stomping gear in the game.
As for the ghosts, we know there will be at least four different types of ghosts you can play, including Slimer. The player trying to evade the Ghostbusters will have a number of advantages, including the ability to see both the players and NPCs through walls. They will be able to take control of inanimate objects, and teleport across the game map.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is set to release on PC and consoles, and Illfonic promises cross-platform play. The developer also says that in order to make sure players don’t have to wait long to get into games, AI-controlled companions will be available to fill empty slots in teams. There will also be a variety of maps to choose from at launch.
If Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is as well-received as the 2009 action adventure hit Ghostbusters: The Video Game, it should enjoy a long and lucrative life. The game was praised, among other things, for an aiming system that surpassed more action-heavy titles of the time, some incredible CGI cut scenes, and the very fact that the developers managed to net just about the entire cast of the original 1984 film to voice their characters. Released only a few years after the inception of the PS3, Ghostbusters: The Video Game proved popular enough to warrant a remaster to PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows in 2019.