Fans are eager for the return of the “real” Ghostbusters with next summer’s sequel from director Jason Reitman. But they may not realize that, technically, there’s already been a Ghostbusters III in the form of a video game – and it’s making a comeback
Saber Interactive has announced that it will release Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It’ll commemorate not only the tenth anniversary of the game, but also the 35th anniversary of the first Ghostbusters movie. The game puts players in the shoes of a rookie working alongside the Ghostbusters. Several of the original actors returned for the game, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
“Manhattan is overrun once more by ghosts, demons and other paranormal creatures unleashed by a mysterious force, and only the Ghostbusters can drive this evil back to whatever dimension it crawled from and save the Big Apple,” noted Saber Interactive in a press release.
When it first came out through Atari’s game division, Ghostbusters: The Video Game was a hit with players. It also had an original story written by Ramis and Aykroyd, as well as the return of Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
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For good measure, the developers at Terminal Reality brought in even more star power. Annie Potts and William Atherton returned to their roles from the films, while Alyssa Milano and Max Von Sydow introduced new characters.
They’ll all be back in the remaster, which will also feature a visual overhaul. It will also include gameplay elements that allow players to take advantage of the Ghostbusters’ abilities. Those abilities include the P.K.E. and Paragoggles for tracking ghosts, as well as the Proton Pack and ghost traps.
A release date for the remaster hasn’t been announced yet, but it will arrive sometime this year. It could possibly surface at next month’s Ghostbusters Fan Fest, with potential hands-on opportunities.
The trailer for the remaster is below. Will you be jumping back into the video game world of the Ghostbusters? Let us know in the comment section below!