Ever since the offbeat supernatural thriller “Ghostbusters” debuted in 1984, fans of the franchise that pitted four eclectic amateur investigators against legions of the undead have wondered what it might feel like to bust some ghosts themselves. Surprisingly, anyone with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR and the required peripherals can now find out, as a game called “Ghostbusters: Now Hiring” has launched on the PSN store.
The first in a potential series, the new virtual-reality title puts players in the shoes of a recruit just becoming familiar with the art of ghostbusting. Dubbed “Firehouse,” the first entry allows players to explore the iconic New York City firehouse that served as supernatural policing headquarters of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Janine Melnitz in the classic supernatural comedy. A trailer accompanied the announcement of the game’s release.
In exploring the firehouse, players can wander the building’s exterior, get a closeup look at the Ecto-1, check that everything is functioning properly in the ghost storage vault, examine the crew’s equipment and, of course, bust ghosts. The trailer shows two types of ghosts: a green Slimer not unlike the one that terrorized hotel patrons in the 1984 film, and the other a winged creature that resembles the monster captured during a rock concert in the 2016 reboot.
Franchise co-creator Ivan Reitman, who was heavily involved with the project, suggested using the iconic white ghost that serves as part of the team’s emblem as a guide for the player. That ghost is voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt, whose most recent work includes playing TV’s Son of TV’s Frank in the upcoming Netflix revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
The “Ghostbusters” film franchise has a long history of attempts at video game adaptations. In 2016, a video game simply titled “Ghostbusters” was released, and garnered negative feedback from critics and players alike. The game was a multiplayer twin-stick shooter playable with the DualShock 4 controller that followed up on the events of the 2016 film.
“Ghostbusters: Now Hiring” is PlayStation VR exclusive. In order to play this game, users must have a PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR headset and PlayStation Camera for head tracking. Additional episodes of “Ghostbusters: Now Hiring” will be developed and released based on the financial performance of the initial “Firehouse” episode. “Ghostbusters: Now Hiring” is available on the United States PSN store right now for $7.