IllFonic, the expansion crew best known for Friday the 13th: The sport, has announced Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, a new asymmetrical multiplayer title featuring playable Ghostbusters and playable Ghosts. The team at IllFonic received the short end from the stick when it found Friday the 13th gaming content, because the horror game launched amid a legitimate dispute between the brand's creators that brought all copyrighted use for an abrupt halt.
It didn't take long for the studio to recover, though. In 2022, IllFonic unleashed Predator: Hunting Grounds on PC and PS4, offering up another asymmetrical multiplayer adventure based on a classic horror franchise. This 4v1 experience placed four players becoming an elite fireteam given the job of tracking down the titular Predator. Admittedly, Hunting Grounds didn't hit the objective people, producing a quickly dwindling player-base. But IllFonic's latest announcement makes it clear that the team intends to continue evolving its 4v1 gameplay formula.
Today, March 22, developer IllFonic shared details about its next major release – Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. A 4v1 multiplayer experience akin to Dead by Daylight, Spirits Unleashed will allow players to strap on a Proton Pack and assume the function of a Ghostbuster. Obviously, given the asymmetrical nature from the game, users will also have the ability to play as a Ghost like Slimer. The title lacks a firm release date at the time of writing but should launch in the fourth quarter of the year for PC via the Epic Games Store, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S platforms. Check out the announcement trailer in the following video:
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed's central hub will require place in the long-lasting Firehouse location, where players on sides from the spirit realm can expect to customize their characters, upgrade their gear, participate in target practice sessions. While the four Ghostbusters make use of Proton Packs and Ghost Traps, the Ghost themselves boast flying and teleportation abilities, combined with the capacity to possess various objects. It seems many of the elements that make Ghostbusters shine will pervade Spirits Unleashed in one way or another.
IllFonic's new project counts because the latest in an incredibly long line of game adaptations for that Ghostbusters series. The first of such interactive experiences launched back in 1984 on home computers before migrating to consoles such as the Atari 2600 and Sega Master System. Several other arcade, console, and mobile Ghostbusters games hit the market in the following decades, though few have truly captured the essence from the franchise in full.