Previously, developer IllFonic revolutionized video game horror with Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Ground. Now, they are working on Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a multiplayer game with a similar vibe to their earlier titles.
In Friday the 13th: The Game, the primary goal was for players to simply survive the relentless onslaught of Jason Voorhees (or, if you played as Jason, to hunt down the hapless campers). In Predator: Hunting Ground, human warriors try to complete objectives and perhaps even kill the Predator, who is stronger and better-armed than anyone else.
It sounds like Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be a mixture of these previous ideas. Four human players must take on a ghost, and the different Ghostbusters take on different roles (for example, some players may be in charge of zapping the pesky poltergeist with their proton packs while others are charged with tracking ghosts via the PKE meter or throwing out the trap and busting the ghost for good).
As for the ghost? While he has the ability to slime and stun the Ghostbusters, the spirit’s primary role is (fittingly enough) to haunt areas and cause as much chaos as possible. Ghosts can scare civilians, summon minions, and effectively hide inside various objects across different maps. So for the human players, this game is less about survival (there is no death in these matches) or combat and more about hunting down where a ghost might be hiding.
The game takes place after the events of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and there will be appearances by veteran Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore (who gives you missions) and Ray Stantz (still running Ray’s Occult Books). As for your actual Ghostbusters, these look to be new characters that you can customize with different uniforms and gear from across various Ghostbusters multimedia.
Unlike the developer’s horror-centric previous games, this title will be family-friendly and suitable for all ages. It will also be cross-platform, which should help players quickly find matches. And the matches should take 10 minutes or less to complete.
We don’t yet know the release date, but this game will be coming to PC (via the Epic Games store) as well as PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. Do you think busting these ghosts (or haunting these players) will make you feel good? Let us know in the comments!