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By Kieron Gillen on November 16th, 2007 at 3:24 pm.

BUSTIN' MAKES ME FEEL GOOD.

YOU FAIL. (“I couldn’t help it! It just popped in there!” – RPS Reader)

First screenshot of Ghostbusters. Press release beneath the cut, because we’re so EXCITED we’ll print a press release for once, as it contains a quote by Dan Akroyd. We’re sluts for Dan Akryod.

The rumours are true. In an official announcement sure to set the entertainment world alight – it has today been confirmed that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is in development for a 2008 release.

The resounding cry of ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ has been answered today, as Sierra Entertainment announce the return of the world’s favourite Ghostbusting trio. In a stunning coup, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray will reunite for the first time in twenty years to voice Ghostbusters: The Video Game – the first joint project for the trio since Ghostbusters 2.

Since the Ghostbusters slimed the Statue of Liberty to life to defeat Vigo the Carpathian, legions of fans across the decades have waited with bated breath for the next installment of the immensely popular franchise. While there are no plans for a third film, Ghostbusters: The Video Game represents the “spiritual” successor of the series, offering players the opportunity to fulfil what will surely be a life-long dream for generations of fans – the chance to become a Ghostbuster themselves. With the ever-iconic streets of Manhattan providing the backdrop for all the action, the instantly recognisable theme tune – plus a range of familiar spooks and ghouls – all help to keep Ghostbusters: The Video Game true to everything that made the 1980′s films so popular. However, stunning visuals and technology – that can only come from the incredible advances in gaming that we see today – alongside a variety of new fiends, brings the action right up to date.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is truly the best example of the evolution of ‘hybrid’ development, combining video gaming with the film industry. As such, the incorporation of the original scriptwriters, the original actors and the development of a filmic storyline all help to provide the most complete Ghostbusters experience since the last film.

“[The game] is better than the third movie because it lasts longer and there’s more development of the characters.” comments Dan Aykroyd, writer, director and star of the original films and writer of the game.”I tell people this, ‘If you have an appetite for the third movie, then the video game is it.’”

“Sierra Entertainment is extremely excited to not only deliver fans, old and new, this next chapter in the Ghostbusters universe, but to allow them inside the universe for the first time,” said Martin Tremblay , president, Worldwide Studios for Sierra Entertainment, the division of Vivendi Games set to deliver Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

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RPS says: This better be on the PC, because if it’s not, we’re going to look pretty stupid. Again.

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16 Comments »

  1. Richard says:

    “[The game] is better than the third movie because it lasts longer and there’s more development of the characters.”

    Well, yes. By default, really…

  2. Tank says:

    Where’s Ernie Hudson, it wont work without winston, i mean, whos gonna say “DAAMMMnnnnnnn” when something cool happens?…. :-(

  3. Theory says:

    It’s on PC. :) There are three other (absolutely tiny) screens there too.

  4. fluffy bunny says:

    More screens here: http://gamer.no/product.php?productId=84898&view=images

    Click “Se større versjon” to for full-size.

  5. Solario says:

    But will it be set in the 80′s or now?

  6. groovychainsaw says:

    Looking at the screenshots, doesn’t this look like a remake of the first ghostbusters film? I vaguely remember them catching slimer in some sort of fancy hotel dining room, and the marshmallow man….
    Just thought if they were developing a ’3rd film’ they might have put a bit more effort in (although, admittedly, there’s not much you can tell from 4 shots…). Still quite excited though…. even just playing through the first film could be done well. Here’s for an open world ghostbusting simulator, like the old spectrum game!

  7. Nick says:

    “but to allow them inside the universe for the first time”

    Apart from all the other Gostbuster games then?

  8. Schadenfreude says:

    But Dan Akroyd didn’t direct the two movies… Sierra have erased Ivan Reitman from history!!

  9. MedO says:

    “Apart from all the other Gostbuster games then?”

    I don’t know of any Gostbusters game, was that a spinoff from a lost h?

    However, the first Ghostbusters one on the C64 was one of my favourite games on that machine. I still remember how awfully hard it was to get two of your three people past the Marshmellow Man at the end, to win the game properly.

    Also, I do hope they get some new story in in this one and don’t just re-make the first movie as a game.

    Oh, and sorry for the horrible pun…

  10. Monkfish says:

    This announcement has reduced me to a gibbering fool (even more gibberingly foolish than usual, I hasten to add). I’m pacing ’round the house chanting, “Please let this do the film justice. Please let this do the film justice. Please…”

  11. Stew says:

    ”I couldn’t help it! It just popped in there!”

    Sorry.

  12. Diogo Ribeiro says:

    Can we be even mildly interested considering the general rule of thumb when it comes to licensed material?

  13. Monkfish says:

    A wee smidgeon of in-game footage here.

  14. Nick says:

    “I don’t know of any Gostbusters game, was that a spinoff from a lost h?”

    A typo that can’t be edited, quick, make a crap joke!

    The Megadrive Ghostbusters game was pretty fun, if a little strange. Made me want to try peking duck a lot though.

  15. MedO says:

    “A typo that can’t be edited, quick, make a crap joke!”

    I did apologise. Sometimes when I see the opportunity to make a really bad joke, I just cannot resist.