One of my favorite movie franchises is getting the video game treatment with next years release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The best part is it’ll be reuniting a good chunk of the original cast:
Los Angeles, CA – November 16, 2007 – Sierra Entertainment and Sony Pictures Consumer Products jointly announced today development of Ghostbusters™ The Video Game, based on the classic films that have transcended and entertained generations of audiences. To deliver a special gaming experience to the tremendous Ghostbusters’ fan base around the world, the game will feature the original film cast from Columbia Pictures’ classic Ghostbusters films, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, back again for the first time in more than 20 years. Supporting the ghost busting crew are the talents of Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray and William Atherton. Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, players will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of supernatural villains in a funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.
Ghostbusters is one of Sony Picture’s most beloved film franchises,” said Mark Caplan, vice president, Licensing for Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “In setting out to develop this property, our criterion was to find a game company who was interested in keeping true and faithful to the Ghostbusters universe that talent and filmmakers had originally created. The team at Sierra Entertainment took the time to prove to us they had what it takes. From the moment we green-lit the game, we have certainly seen a lot of passion and commitment coming from Sierra Entertainment and both development teams. We believe fans are going to be impressed with the game’s ability to deliver a very authentic Ghostbusters experience, as well as its capacity to expand the Ghostbusters universe that they currently know.”
Like the films before it, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will return to script and event-driven storyline for the video game that will lead the player through the trials and tribulations of the world’s leading paranormal ghost busting team. Ghostbusters The Video Game will create a totally unique experience and gameplay environment that authentically recreates the time period of the film, expanding the lore and supernatural events that seemingly plague New York City.
Originally word had it that the game would be a sort of sequel to the first two movies, but now it appears it may actually be set within the same time frame and involve some of the events from those movies. You won’t be playing as any of the major characters, but rather is a new recruit to the team. There’s already some videos of the prototype game and it’s looking pretty good so far.
Of course this isn’t the first Ghostbusters video game to be made. Over the years there’s been at least 11 other games based on the movies including the one I have the fondest memories of Ghostbuters for the Commodore 64 released in 1984:
As you can see, we’ve come a long way since then:
Yep, I’m looking forward to this one.