Strap on your proton pack and step into the world of Ghostbusters in immersive VR. Play solo or co-op in this new VR experience set at the Ghostbusters HQ in San Francisco, unravelling a rich mystery across an extensive and fascinating campaign.
The main game loop consists of hunting ghosts and destroying rift objects in a given location. As the ghost, you can haunt objects and scare AI civilians to speed up your haunt meter.
Developed by nDreams
nDreams, the creator of popular VR games like Phantom: Covert Ops, Fracked and Far Cry VR: Dive into Insanity, has teamed up with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality to develop Ghostbusters VR (working title). It’s a first-person shooter where players will operate a new Ghostbusters HQ out of San Francisco. They’ll suck up ghosts alone or with upward of three friends in co-op. The game will be available for the Meta Quest 2 headset and launch sometime next year.
Ghostbusters vr will see the franchise leave its traditional home of New York and head to the city of San Francisco, which has never before been explored in a VR game. The team at nDreams has promised an expansive and fascinating campaign, where the player will use their Proton Packs to track down spectral mischief makers across the city. They’ll visit famous locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge and battle iconic villains, including the Ghost Lord and his evil ghosts.
The developers have made several changes to suit the experience of VR and have tried to keep it as true to the original films as possible while staying accessible. The controls are designed to be comfortable for players, and they’ll have access to various weapons and tools. Some more traditional ones, such as the Neutrona Wand and the Gatling Gun, have been tweaked to make them more natural for VR controllers.
In addition to the new Ghostbusters vr, Sony will release a location-based VR experience called Ghostbusters VR Academy. Developed by Hologate, the immersive training simulator will let players battle supernatural foes and pilot the flying ECTO prototype vehicle. It’s set to launch at 400 locations by the end of 2022.
nDreams has been working on VR for almost a decade now, and in 2023 it’ll be bringing its most ambitious game yet to Meta Quest 2. The studio was founded by veteran VR developer David O’Luanaigh and is backed by a large investment from the Aonic group. It has also recently opened a remote development studio named Elevation and is looking to expand its team to work on even bigger titles.
Released in 2023
After being teased earlier this year, a new Ghostbusters game was finally confirmed for Meta Quest 2 and PSVR 2. Titled Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, the game will be developed by nDreams, which previously worked on Phantom: Covert Ops and Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity. The team will work alongside Sony Pictures Virtual Reality to bring the franchise to life in VR.
The title will let players run their own Ghostbusters HQ in San Francisco and solve a rich mystery across a new chapter in the franchise. Players will track, blast, and trap ghosts while wielding iconic equipment in gripping encounters. They can do it alone or with up to three friends in co-op. There will also be brand-new villains players will have to confront.
While the last Ghostbusters game was a decent entry in the series, the upcoming one looks to take things to a whole new level. The game has a new setting outside New York City and introduces an all-new story with a villain that will force players to think differently. The game will feature a blend of combat and investigation, offering more of the humour and action that fans are used to seeing in the franchise.
Aside from the main campaign, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will feature a few smaller missions allowing players to explore different parts of the city. It’s a nice touch that will add some variety to the experience. The key art shows that the gameplay will take players to some of the most famous landmarks in the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is slated for release in 2023 and will be available on Meta Quest 2 and PSVR 2. While the game is still developing, nDreams has promised to keep us updated as it develops.
The announcement comes as the Ghostbusters IP is enjoying a resurgence. The latest movie was well-received, and the animated Netflix series is currently in production. In addition, IllFonic recently released a 4v1 asymmetrical online Ghostbusters game.
Coming to Meta Quest 2 and PSVR2
The Ghostbusters VR game teased earlier this year has a name and a release date. Sony and developer nDreams have confirmed that Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will be on PSVR 2 and Meta Quest 2 in 2023. It will feature a new cast of characters running their own paranormal HQ in San Francisco and battling the Ghost Lord, who is wreaking havoc across the city.
The first trailer shows four players donning their Meta Quest 2 headsets and using their PKE meters and proton packs for hunting down and trap a slippery spectre. As they sigh of relief and close their trap, a skull-faced apparition we assume is the Ghost Lord emerges over the roof.
While the previous games and movies took place in New York, this new VR game will occur in a different city and features iconic locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Sony has also confirmed that the new game will offer multiplayer play and allow teams of up to three players to team up as Ghostbusters.
This is the latest announcement in a flurry of Ghostbusters news, with a new animated series and two more feature films set to debut this summer. It will be the first time that the franchise has explored a universe outside of New York in a video game, and it is hoping to take advantage of the current pop-culture resurgence.
In addition to the new Ghostbusters VR game, Sony has announced that a location-based VR experience called Ghostbusters VR Academy will launch in 400 Hologate locations globally this fall. It will let you step into the shoes of a new character, complete with a flying Ecto-1, and fight ghosts throughout the city. It will be free to play, although you’ll need a Meta Quest 2 headset or a PSVR 2 to get the most out of it. This is just one of several big virtual reality releases coming to PSVR and Meta Quest 2 this month. Iron Man VR is also launching on November 5, while the Oculus Quest is getting Iron Man and Star Wars Battlefront II this winter.
A new chapter in the Ghostbusters universe
A new chapter for the Ghostbusters franchise is set to open in 2023 with a full-blown VR game. Sony announced a new game called Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord that will see players step into the coveralls and proton packs of the next generation of Ghostbusters as they fight the newest, biggest villain of the series. The game will feature up to three friends in co-op gameplay as they track, blast and trap ghosts in gripping encounters. The story will have players running their own Ghostbusters HQ in San Francisco and unravelling a rich mystery while wielding iconic equipment.
The title also promises to include all the humour and frights fans know and love from the movie franchise. It will bring legendary locations like the Golden Gate Bridge and others to life and let players experience them in a new way. IllFonic has worked to give the game a unique style and feel to make it stand out from its contemporaries.
Another title in the works from IllFonic is Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, which will be a 4v1 asymmetrical online multiplayer experience. The team of players will take jobs around the city to capture player-controlled demons, spirits and slimmers. The game has been described as the first true competitive multiplayer Ghostbusters title that takes advantage of the power of virtual reality.
Finally, Ghostbusters VR Academy will let fans of the franchise train to become real Ghostbusters. The immersive training simulator will be available at more than 400 HOLOGATE location-based VR experiences. Fans can experience the full Ghostbusters training program and even pilot the flying ECTO prototype vehicle.
During the reveal event, Sony teased a few new Ghostbusters games in the pipeline. One is an asymmetrical online shooter for PSVR that will pit you against a ghost, while the other is a new augmented reality game where you use your phone to interact with the environment. Both are from Friday the 13th: The Game developer IllFonic and will be released later this year for the company’s HOLOGATE Arena multiplayer VR system and HOLOGATE Blitz motion-simulator platform.