Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed has been announced by Friday the 13th: The Game developer IllFonic. It’s another 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer game from the team, targeting a Q4 2022 release across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.
IllFonic is checking some rather familiar boxes with Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. This is now the third time they’ve picked up the license to an 80s film franchise and figured out a way to turn it into a modern multiplayer game. Each time – from Friday the 13th: The Game to Predator Hunting Grounds and now Ghostbusters – they’ve been able to lean on a 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer style. The twist in this case is that, where Friday the 13th and Predator were ostensibly about one character hunting four other players, in Ghostbusters, it’s thematically more about the four hunting the one.
The Ghostbusters will be kitted out with the classic Proton Pack, Ghost Trap and PKE Meter to try and track down the ghastly ghost that’s been haunting a public location. Playing as the ghost, your job is to do a good bit of spooking while you can. You’re meant to scare innocent citizens, sneaking around the map and evading the Ghostbusters by jumping back and forth through rifts. You can possess object in rooms, as well as slime people and summon minions to help.
Between matches, you can head to the classic Firehouse from the films, customise you characters, upgrade gear and abilities, and get some practice in. IllFonic has got Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd to reprise their roles from the films, for an added layer of authenticity.
As it becoming a bit of a standard feature, this game features cross-platform mulitplayer between PlayStation, Xbox and PC. AI companions can also join, so you can play solo and offline.
Source: press release