Developer Illfonic has plenty of experience with taking beloved media properties and making asymmetrical multiplayer games based on them, from Friday the 13th: The Game to Predator: Hunting Grounds. Now, the studio is bringing that experience and applying it to a Ghostbusters video game as well, as has been rumoured for a while.
Illfonic has officially announced Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a new 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer game. A team of four Ghostbusters will go up against ghosts that are terrorizing public locations. The Ghostbusters will be tasked with trapping ghosts before environments become too haunted, while the player controlling the ghost will be tasked with haunting the map to completion.
There will, of course, be multiple maps and several ghosts with different abilities. Players playing as the ghost will be able to possess various objects lying around to sneak by the Ghostbusters, spook civilians, use slime, and summon “ghoulish” minions. The Ghostbusters, meanwhile, will use Proton Packs, Ghost Traps, PKE meters, Particle Throwers, and more as they work together to trap the ghost.
The iconic Firehouse, meanwhile, will serve as a hub location of sorts. Between matches, at the Firehouse, players will be able to customize the equipment and abilities of their Ghostbusters or ghosts, or get some target practice with the Particle Thrower and its many different mods.
Players can even meet various characters that Ghostbusters fans will be very familiar with. Your main way to get missions before going out into the field, for instance, is by speaking with the one and only Winston Zeddemore, voiced by Ernie Hudson himself, while you can also find Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz at Ray’s Occult Books.
Illfonic also confirms that Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will feature full cross-play across all platforms that it launches for, and will also be fully playable offline. If you want to play the game solo, all Ghostbusters and/or ghost will become AI-controlled.
“Ghostbusters is one of the most beloved IPs in the world, so we are pulling out all the stops to make something special and accessible to this diverse fanbase,” said Illfonic CEO Charles Brungardt. “If you’re someone who loves the movies or asymmetrical multiplayer games, this was made for you.”
You can check out the game’s announcement trailer and several screenshots provided by Illfonic below.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will launch in Q4 2022 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. On PC, it will be available exclusively via the Epic Games Store.