Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a 4v1 Asymmetrical Multiplayer Game, Announced

Friday the 13th and Predator: Hunting Grounds developer IllFonic has revealed Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a new 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer game that is set to be released on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One in Q4 2022.

In Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, you will have the chance to “put on a Proton Pack, grab a Ghost Trap, and monitor the trusty PKE Meter as a Ghostbuster in a team of four brave souls pursuing ghastly ghosts terrorizing public locations.”

Watch the official trailer below:

Your mission as a Ghostbuster is simple – find the ghost, blast them with streams from the Particle Thrower, tether them in place, and then shut them in the trap when the timing is right. The ghost, on the other hand, will have to use their abilities to fly and teleport between rifts, possess objects to hide in plain sight, and use the power of slime and summoning ghoulish minions to win the day. And yes, you will get to play as a Slimer ghost.

Before the match, players will be able to hang out in the Firehouse from the films and customize both their Ghostbuster and Ghost, upgrade their equipment and abilities, and even practice their skills with the Particle Thrower.

Furthermore, players will also be able to talk to Winston Zeddemore, once again voiced by Ernie Hudson, to acquire missions, or to Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz at Ray’s Occult Books to learn some “busting wisdom.”

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Screenshots

While the game does support solo play offline with or without AI, cross-platform multiplayer will ensure Ghostbusters and ghosts will be able to play together regardless of which platform they choose.

“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 Charles Brungardt, CEO, IllFonic. “If you’re someone who loves the movies or asymmetrical multiplayer games, this was made for you.”

We had a chance to go hands on with the game earlier this week, playing both the ghost and one of the Ghostbusters. What we played was a spirited, promising cooperative game that understood and embraced the goofy vibes of the original Ghostbusters film. We’ll have a full preview coming soon.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed was casually revealed by IllFonic studio co-founder Raphael Saadiq in October 2021 on a podcast when he confirmed the studio was working on a game in the beloved franchise.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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