When there's something strange in the virtual reality world, who ya gonna call?! Just two weeks after the release of the asymmetrical multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022), the upcoming Ghostbusters VR game finally has a release window and an official title. Yes, we got one!
Previously dubbed "Ghostbusters VR", the upcoming virtual-reality gaming experience will soon be available on the Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation VR2. And now, we finally have a solid release window for the upcoming game.
The release window has been confirmed as 2023, and while this isn't much to go by, a smaller window, perhaps even an official release date, will likely follow in the next few months. But we have even more news about the game.
The official title is Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord (2023), and for the first time in Ghostbusters franchise history, will actually take place in San Francisco instead of Manhattan, New York City.
The game will follow an entirely new team of Ghostbusters, much like Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, which is available to buy on all major consoles now, and serves as a sequel of sorts to Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).
That game sees the return of Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as their respective Ghostbuster characters Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, however, is not expected to feature any cast members.
Previously, several original cast members, including Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis, lent their voices and likenesses, to Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009), which remains the most beloved video game entry in the franchise.
And unlike Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is also not expected to serve as a sequel of any kind, and as such, likely won't be connected to the films canonically.
But if you've completed the 2009 game a dozen times, and you've flown through Spirits Unleashed already, leaving you hungry for some new Ghostbusters canon, don't worry, as there's plenty more on the horizon.
There's a new live-action movie coming out next year, which will follow on from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, an animated Ghostbusters movie, an animated Ghostbusters series, and a new limited edition Ghostbusters comic book.
Check out the official trailer for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, which is available to buy now:
Ghostbusters 4 will be released on December 20, 2023, however, there are currently no release dates for the Ghostbusters animated series and the Ghostbusters animated movie.
Check out the official trailer for Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord below:
As per the official Ghostbusters website, here's the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord:
Strap on your proton pack and Meta Quest 2 and step into the world of Ghostbusters in immersive virtual reality. Run your Ghostbusters HQ in a new city, San Francisco, and unravel a rich mystery in a new chapter for the Ghostbusters universe.
Wield iconic equipment as you track, blast, and trap ghosts in gripping encounters across an extensive and engrossing campaign. Go it alone, or as a team with up to three friends in co-op to defeat a ghastly new threat – the Ghost Lord. Continue the Ghostbusters’ legacy, protect the city from fiendish ghosts, and experience all the humor and frights from the beloved franchise.
Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is expected some time next year, and will be available on Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation VR2.