Bear with me because, while I’m going to try and contain my excitement on this one, it’s not going to be easy. An announcement from 4V1 experts Illfonic on March 22, 2022, has revealed details about an upcoming Ghostbusters asymmetrical multiplayer, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. And now it’s coming, I can’t believe it’s not been done before.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is in good hands, as Illfonic is a 4V1 pro. The brilliant, and sadly ill-fated, Friday the 13th: The Game is the perfect example of how an asymmetrical survival game should feel. And while Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be more like a shooter than a survival game, IllFonic have proven themselves more than capable there with 2021’s well-received Predator: Hunting Grounds. What’s more, that line-up also goes to show how much the developer cares about a pop-culture franchise, and you just know they’ll do justice to a cult classic property like Ghostbusters.
What is Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed?
From the trailer, we can perhaps assume the events to take place post-Afterlife, thanks to guest appearances from an older Winston and Ray. And, get this, they’re even voiced by original actors Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd. From there, we of course know that – as a 4V1 asymmetrical game – you’ll play as one of a team of four Ghostbusters (just one reason the franchise is the perfect match for a 4V1), or a slimy ghost. In much the same way as you can play as Jason in Friday the 13th or as the Predator in Hunting Grounds, your goal will be to defeat the team of heroes as you embody the enemy.
And while I can’t wait to fly around as Slimer, as one of the team, you get to wield the famous Proton Blaster, and maybe even drive the Ecto-1 *squeals in fan-girl*. The latter isn’t confirmed to be an interactable in-game item, but it does make an appearance in the trailer, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed release date
At the moment, all we know is that Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is expected to release at the tail end of 2022 across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, so probably around the holidays. So, at worst, only nine months wait. A precious, miracle, ghostbusters baby.
This could be the Ghostbusters sequel we’ve been waiting for, with both the female-led Ghostbusters remake and the Afterlife sequel taking quite the hit with both critics and fans. And, of course, we’ll be keeping our ears firmly on the ground in the months leading up to the release of Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, and will bring you all the news.
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