Video game publisher Activision recently announced two new "Ghostbusters" games for consoles, mobile, and PC. The launch of these new titles is in celebration of the franchise's return to the big screen.
"This July, Ghostbusters returns to screens both big and small. That's right, in addition to the new film from Sony Pictures, this July we're introducing two all-new Ghostbusters adventures for consoles and mobile devices.—Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Slime City, respectively," said Scott Lowe, communications manager at Activision, in a post at its official site on Friday, April 15. "Both games will feature new casts of rookies as they fight rogue spirits while the now-famous Ghostbusters are off stopping high-profile poltergeists."
In other words, no Ghostbusters - male or female, old or new - will appear in the games. Based on the trailer (below), Polygon suggests the rookie Ghostbusters could be four high school students. In addition, neither of the games will feature any scene from the movie as reports from Eurogamer and others state the games will take place after the movie's events.
The new "Ghostbusters" game is a third-person action role-playing game which features local cooperative play with up to four players. The new characters will have their own personality and play style, which Activision says will "benefit the overall team." Players who battle ghosts, complete objectives, or discover hidden collectibles can level up their character's abilities and gear.
The new game is expected to arrive on Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft's Xbox One, and PC on July 12, just a few days before the new "Ghostbusters" movie hits theaters. The reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig as the new Ghostbusters.
"Ghostbusters: Slime City"
In addition to a new "Ghostbusters" game for consoles and PC, Activision will also be releasing a new mobile game. Titled "Ghostbusters: Slime City," the new game will be available on select iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, and Kindle devices.
Players can craft their own proton packs to use for collecting powerful ghosts. The more ghosts a player collects, the higher they'll rise through the leaderboards. They can also upgrade their headquarters, complete jobs, or team up with other players in asynchronous co-op or compete in special PvP events.
"Ghostbusters: Slime City" is also expected to launch in July, though Activision did not specifically say when.