Last month, publisher Activision unveiled a new Ghostbusters video game that would be released alongside the upcoming movie. Rather than being a straight-forward tie-in, the upcoming game, which is simply titled Ghostbusters, will introduce a cast of new, ghost-busting characters who are tasked with keeping the city safe as the group from the movie goes on tour.
Offering top-down, third-person action along with a few RPG elements included too, many fans are hoping that the new Ghostbusters title will be an arcade-y bit of fun when it arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year. But, what will certainly be disappointing to those looking forward to the game is that Ghostbusters will not have online multiplayer, a feature that the 2009 release Ghostbusters: The Video Game included.
Ghostbusters Game Won’t Have Online Multiplayer
The news that Ghostbusters will not feature online multiplayer comes from issue #123 of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (June 2016) which features the game as its cover story. The game’s producer Dino Verano explains that “we want people to be able to be playing together and interacting with each other and we want it to be friendlier, [to suit] a wide variety of audiences.”
Chris Tremmel, the project director at (Ghostbusters developer) Fireforge further explains that “there are a lot of online games out and a lot of PvP-style games out, but we always thought that the Ghostbusters franchise lent itself really well to allowing a group of friends to play together.”
Disappointing as the news may be, those who are able to get a group of friends together for local co-op will get bonuses for teamwork. Tremmel says that Ghostbusters players “receive a synergy bonus or co-op bonus for co-operating and you get a score multiplier based on that. It increases the scores for eliminating different ghosts and allows the characters to level up a bit quicker.”
Given that there are sixteen different upgrades for each character, Tremmel confirms, it sounds like players may need the help if they are to become the best busters around.
Ghostbusters will be released on July 15, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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