Who U Gonna Call? Activision Reveal New Ghostbusters

There’d have been somethin’ strange in the neighbourhood indeed had a Ghostbusters game not surfaced in concert with this year’s incoming movie. Lo and behold, the medium of cinema and videogames have crossed the streams: Activision have teamed up with Sony Pictures to announce a third-person action RPG with local co-op leanings, based on the supernatural slaying service. It’ll launch alongside this summer’s silver screen outing.

Named simply Ghostbusters, Activision say the game will take place after the events of the new film but won’t feature any of its characters. They’re off saving New York City from “high profile poltergeists”, you see, so you’re instead charged with leading a team of new recruits into top-down isometric action. And when I say action, I mean watching over the station and zapping ghosts while the top dogs are otherwise engaged. No word on whether you’ll be sweeping up and cleaning the toilets too, but I sure as hell ain’t touching the cubicles after Slimer’s been in there.

Activision haven’t named a developer yet, but they did offer a wee description as to what Ghostbusters is all about:

“Ghostbusters, is a third-person action role-playing game positively charged for thrilling couch co-op with up to four players locally. As rookie Ghostbusters, players can level up their characters’ gear and abilities by tackling objectives, defeating ghastly creatures and discovering hidden collectibles in Manhattan’s most haunted haunts. There are four heroes to choose from, and each has his or her own unique personality and play style, bringing special strengths to support the team.”

And here’s the trailer that launched alongside the announcement:

Ghostbusters is due for release for PC via Steam on July 15 this year, the same day as the new movie.


  1. Jediben says:

    Well at least the quality looks consistent with the movie…

  2. Cooper says:

    Whenever ghostbuster games get mentioned it’s always worth pointing out that the 2009 Ghostbusters was part written by Ackroyd and Ramis and is basically ‘more ghostbusters’ if that’s what you like…

    • Unclepauly says:

      It is what I like and I finished it. Nice little enjoyable game that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome(games can do that). Maybe about 10 hrs of storyline that feels like an official Ghostbusters 2.5.

  3. RaoulDuke says:

    The art style is like Torchlight 2 crossed with D3, which is cool i guess, but does anyone actually want this?

    • Koozer says:

      I don’t know why to added the video, but it’s really quite relaxing, ta!

  4. PancakeWizard says:

    Movie tie-in games are always good. ALWAYS.

    • jasta85 says:

      They’re good just about as often as movie remakes are better than the originals.

    • GameCat says:

      There’s one notable exception of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland game tie-in on Nintendo DS that was at least hundred times better than film itself.

    • Jalan says:

      And NOT AT ALL soul crushingly difficult.

  5. MrFinnishDude says:

    Ghostbusters, not to be confused with Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters or Ghostbusters.
    When will this stupid trend end!? Truly the plague of our decade.

    • Pulstar says:

      I thought the true plague was social justi.. *shot*

      • MrFinnishDude says:

        And there was much rejoicing.
        Godspeed mysterious comment gunman, godspeed.

        • Llewyn says:

          Nah, friend Pulstar just couldn’t manage to finish a sentence without shooting someone. It’s his constitutional right, dontcha know.

        • GWOP says:

          If only he’s always around to improve the quality of internet discourse.

          • GWOP says:

            The mysterious gunman, I mean.

          • Michael Anson says:

            And lo, a great silence befell the Twitter, and the FaceBooks went unupdated. And yet, in a single distant corner of the internet, a LiveJournal continued, a light in the dark, discussing the complex topologies of knitting socks.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    I’m not really interested in the movie, but it kind of sucks that they’re not using that cast because this is possibly the only time you’d ever get to play as Kristen Wiig in a video-game.

    Also, Kate Mckinnion looks sooooo badass.

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      As the Cyclops said to Ulysses, there’s an extra ‘i’ in there.

  7. jonahcutter says:

    For a moment I hoped this was some Ghostbuster version of The Division/Destiny.

    Open world rpg multiplayer gear treadmill while roaming around a huge city fighting ghosts. Get better gear to fight harder ghosts to get better gear etc etc. Group up for big boss ghost fights which could be ridiculously over the top.

    The Ghostbuster universe is a perfect setup for a comedic, non-serious entry in the Destiny/Division game genre.

  8. DiGi says:

    So, it is not just “Ghostbusters”. It is “Ghostbusters 2016”. Because it is too hard to find some name…