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Ghostbusters Game Confirmed, On Hold

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the back-off-man-i'm-a-scientist dept.

Games 74

IGN confirms a delicious rumour that's been circulating since this past weekend. Yes, Virginia, there is a next-gen Ghostbusters game currently in the works. Footage from the work in progress, made up by developer Zootfly, has been circulating with much debate over its authenticity. Unfortunately, right now it doesn't look like we'll be seeing this title any time soon. From the article: "We are very glad to see the overwhelming response to the Ghostbusters prototype movies. What you've seen is indeed in-game footage of early prototypes on the Xbox 360, running on ZootFly's proprietary engine. Due to licensing issues, further development of the Ghostbusters game hit a bump on the road. But everybody here at ZootFly is working actively on resolving the challenges with the owners of the Ghostbusters IP."

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ahh (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629052)

So many good memories of the David Crane Ghostbusters game from the 80s...

This looks a bit too FPSish though.

Re:ahh (1)

MaXiMiUS (923393) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629134)

Would you prefer a role playing game? Or perhaps a strategy? Action? Adventure?

They're just names, a name doesn't make a game. I just wish this was a rumor about them developing it for the Wii, instead of the 360 ;)

Re:ahh (1)

Skidge (316075) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629262)

Yeah, that was the first computer game I ever got. I have a feeling it wouldn't be all that great if I went back to play it now, but I spent many hours playing it on my Tandy.

Re:ahh (2, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629278)

So many good memories of the David Crane Ghostbusters game from the 80s...

Dang, beat me to it. There goes my "what do you mean it's on hold?" gag. :P

As a consolation prize, here's a link to information on the game (for those who don't know):

http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?Softwar eLabelID=208 [atariage.com]

If you don't have an Atari 2600 and/or don't want to track down a physical cart, it's not hard to find the ROMs on the 'net. You can use this little proggie for emulation:

http://stella.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

Just remember to read the manual in my first link before playing! The 2600 was fun at times, but it was nowhere near as userfriendly as modern systems. Things that we take for granted today (e.g. title menus, controller buttons to start games, graphical option selection, etc.) were all invented after the 2600 was nearly dead and buried. (Or was that undead and outliving CD-ROM consoles?)

Re:ahh (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 7 years ago | (#17635488)

FWIW, the C64 version linked in a post below is (AFAIK) the best version, as it has content and features not in the other releases. They all have the same basic gameplay, the C64 vesion just lets you do more and has nicer graphics.

Plus it has the copyright or something in the screen overscan area, which I remember was a l33+ programming trick at the time.

Re:ahh (1)

JayBlalock (635935) | more than 7 years ago | (#17646378)

Don't forget about the Sega Master System version! While probably the most obscure release of the game, it had *by far* the best graphics [mobygames.com] and all the regular features.

But can we all agree, at least, that the NES was completely worthless and awful?

Re:ahh (2, Insightful)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629560)

This looks a bit too FPSish though.
Normally I'm among the first to complain about FPSes made from licenses that just aren't FPSish (coughstartrekvoyagercough) but IMO this actually fits. The movie is actually about guys who shoot stuff, and I for one spent far too much of my 1980s-based childhood in my backyard wearing my school backpack and shooting imaginary ghosts with the garden hose to not want to similarly bust ghosts on an Xbox.

Re:ahh (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#17632066)

...I for one spent far too much of my 1980s-based childhood in my backyard wearing my school backpack and shooting imaginary ghosts with the garden hose...

Just please don't tell us how your little sister got "slimed."

Re:ahh (2, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629610)

http://c64s.com/game/1362/ghostbusters/ [c64s.com] :)

FPS-style might work if they don't follow the archetypical "shoot anything that move" game shown in the trailer. IMHO, a ghostbusters game must include:

  - Racing the Ghostbusters car.
  - Cooperative multiplayer.
  - The need for the capture unit to "kill" ghosts.
  - Strong puzzle/tactical elements.
  - Humor (not a strict requirement perhaps, but the movies have humor too).

But that's just my opinion, and it'll probably end up as a run-of-the-mill plasma-gore-fest shoot-em-up which appeals to nobody but spotty teenage boys.

big understatement (2, Insightful)

slurry47 (27097) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630176)

" - Humor (not a strict requirement perhaps, but the movies have humor too)."

Wow, "have humor?"

The first Ghostbusters is one of the funniest films of all time.

"Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back."

Listen... (1)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630288)

You smell something?

Re:Listen... (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633928)

Back off, man. I'm a scientist.

Re:Listen... (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17634208)

Ray... When someone asks if you're a God... YOU SAY "YES"!
Yes, have some.

My childhood started at the end of the He-Man/Transformers/GI Joe time and moved into the Ghostbusters era. My best record, when I was a kid, was probably watching the first movie 3 times in a row. It's still one of the first movies I buy on any new format I own (VHS, DVD, PSP)

Cheers,
Fozzy

Re:Listen... (1)

Apoklypse (853837) | more than 7 years ago | (#17661804)

"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." ~1984 George Orwell
"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." ~2004 George Bush

Re:Listen... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#17640758)

When somebody asks... if you're a mod... you say... YES!

Re:big understatement (1)

chrysrobyn (106763) | more than 7 years ago | (#17634068)

" - Humor (not a strict requirement perhaps, but the movies have humor too)."

Wow, "have humor?" The first Ghostbusters is one of the funniest films of all time.

Did you even see the second one? The inside of the Statue of Liberty was covered in Pink Mood Slime and she was driven around with a joystick. That's not even approaching funny. The first movie was great. The cartoon was a staple of many children's Saturday mornings and later their schoolday afternoons. The second movie was like the second Gremlins.

[Homer voice]MMMmmmm. Ecto Cooler Hi-C.[/Homer voice]

Only now does it occur to me that a Wii controller would be a great way to wield a proton pack...

Re:big understatement (1)

Quietude (634889) | more than 7 years ago | (#17637338)

Not just a joystick, an NES Advantage. The cartoon was great. The first movie was great. The second movie... stunk on ice. At least for the most part. "Only a Carpathian would come back now and choose... New York. Tasty pick, BONEHEAD!" "Vhy am I drippings vith goo?"

man (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629076)

it would be really cool if they kept that bit where you had to sneak in the building under the feet of the jumping marshmallow man. or the marshmallow-man-bait. that was pretty rad.

ghostbusters, ah my old favorite (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629108)

I used to love those movies. I'd buy it...too bad I'm still a PS2 user and don't really want to blow big bucks on a new console. :(

Video (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629194)

Found some video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmvuH2QpXvc [youtube.com]

Re:Video (1)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630616)

That was video of the old Ghostbusters game.

I think you crossed your streams.

keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

Mowie_X (600765) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629230)

A Groundhog Day type game would be pretty cool. But I guess it would be pretty easy to figure out how to finish if you've seen the movie.

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629958)

To me, a Groundhog Day video game would be a social sim like Animal Crossing, except without the accumulation of stuff.

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629996)

I've been playing that game for ages! You know, the one where you have to restore from a save point again and again until you finally complete the damn level...

Old school fun! (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630674)

A Groundhog Day type game would be pretty cool. But I guess it would be pretty easy to figure out how to finish if you've seen the movie.

Yes, but think of the replay value!

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630680)

Ok, here's a couple more pitches for you:
Caddyshack Golf sim(like Hot shots golf, etc)
Lost in Translation RPG(you walk around Tokyo doing NOTHING for 2 hours)
Garfield(good for the kids)

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

TheMadcapZ (868196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633172)

Stripes: The Game

Think Call of Duty meets Leisure Suit Larry.

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (1)

Drachemorder (549870) | more than 7 years ago | (#17631022)

It might be something like Majora's Mask, I think. Could be fun.

Re:keep the Bill Murray video games coming! (3, Insightful)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633442)

A Groundhog Day type game would be pretty cool.

A game in which you repeat the same short time period over and over experimenting with different approaches until you finally manage to resolve the problems of everybody in town? Nah. It'd never work. Now, if you make one with cute cartoon graphics and lots of fun sailing interludes, THAT would rock.

(Current mood: heroic. Current music: Duran Duran, Hungry like the Wolf.)

C64 ver 2.0? (1)

Telepathetic Man (237975) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629250)

I was never very good at the Commodore version. I blame it on youth and inexperience. I think I was only five or six years old when I first played it. Gearing up properly and budgeting was essential it seemed. I would frequently go broke within a few missions and end up not being able to pay the bills. Power bill? Uh oh, can't make that this month. Goodbye containment.

Copy what, now? (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629382)

This sounds a lot like that Super Mario amusement park [slashdot.org] from a while back. Sure, these people have a neat concept and some demos, but they didn't get a comission or even permission from the IP holders to do anything with it. This is about as official as a Ghostbuster mod for Doom II, with about the same chance of ending up on retail shelves.
"Not to lose the momentum, a part the ZootFly team is currently working on an original game called TimeO, which is closely related to Ghostbusters. The game follows the adventures of two die-hard New Yorkers. They get trapped deep in the shadow world of a parallel New York. The city itself is a war machine threatening to wipe out our world and they have three days to stop it. As soon as the Ghostbusters IP issue is resolved, the whole team will go back to Ghostbusters."
How very interesting.. this seems almost exactly the plot of Dan Aykroyd's much-discussed "Ghostbusters in Hell" script for a third film that Murray and Ramis aren't into making.

Re:Copy what, now? (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629812)

"official as a Ghostbuster mod for Doom II, with about the same chance of ending up on retail shelves."

Except for the fact that a new Ghostbusters movie is in the works (with no doubt countless other merchandise to be released), and Vivendi entertainment says that they are working on a Ghostbusters game...

No GB3. (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629920)

Despite the recent resurge of rumors, there isn't a GB3 in the works, according to many sources including Dan Aykroyd [youtube.com] and Harold Ramis. [aintitcool.com] Aykroyd has had a script ready for ages, but Bill Murray had zero interest in it, studios weren't into it, and even Harold Ramis has cooled on the idea at this point.

Re:No GB3. (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630042)

Hey, I never claimed it would be a good movie... I am thinking it will be more like the Dukes of Hazzard or Starsky and Hutch - you know, a crappy remake with little or nothing to do with the original...

Re:Copy what, now? (1)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 7 years ago | (#17632768)

but they didn't get a comission or even permission from the IP holders to do anything with it

Another great example of how intellectual property rights promote the creation of new and interesting things.

:-(

Wrong system! (1)

tarlos25 (1036572) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629396)

Put it on the GameCube (or the Wii, I'll get one eventually) and I'll consider it. Maybe for the PS2, but I don't have an XBOX and don't want one yet.

Wrong system! Wiimote Greater than HD... (2, Insightful)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629908)

Put it on the GameCube (or the Wii, I'll get one eventually) and I'll consider it. Maybe for the PS2, but I don't have an XBOX and don't want one yet.

You know... I can't help but Agree that this would be hella fun on the Wii. Infact I have a Wii60 that is hooked to an HDTV (Component cables on both), and if it were multiplatform I would pick the Wii version if it 'put me in the suit' and used the WiiMote as the Proton pack...

In fact I think of Ghostbusters while playing Elebits. HD graphics are nice, but immersion with the WiiMote would trump all.

Re:Wrong system! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17630428)

Oh Noes!!!11! Tarlos isn't going to buy the game! That must mean it sucks and I shouldn't buy it either!

Really, who cares what you would 'consider?' Do you have something to add to the conversation? If not, STFU and GBTW.

Re:Wrong system! (1)

Taulin (569009) | more than 7 years ago | (#17646118)

I also agree the Wiimote would be good, but it's futile to yell a game is on the wrong system. You need to get the system that has the most games you want to for it(360). Not get a system you want and hope games come out for it(Wii).

When there's something strange... (1)

SuperStretchy (1018064) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629406)

Who ya gonna call- to get this published? I think a old-school TMNT OHV-type game would be fun...

Meanwhile, in remake country... (1)

Iwanowitch (993961) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629546)

Not exactly next-gen, but hey, there are people around DOING something [retroremakes.com] about the lack of Ghostbuster games...

This would be another fine use... (2, Interesting)

ciw42 (820892) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629604)

...for the Wii-mote/Nunchuck combination.

In fact, I'm more excited by this than I was by the prospect of having light-sabre battles. Not that I'll be holding my breath.

Re:This would be another fine use... (2, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629720)

Not that I'll be holding my breath.

Apparently, that's not the only thing you should be not holding [slashdot.org]

A new Ghostbusters Game?! (3, Funny)

Manmademan (952354) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629684)

What next? Forty Years of Darkness? Earthquakes? Volcanoes? The dead, rising from the grave? Dogs and Cats, living together?

Re:A new Ghostbusters Game?! (2, Funny)

Stalin (13415) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629834)

Mass hysteria.

Wii Controller... (1)

Hercynium (237328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629714)

I *so* want to see a Ghostbusters game \on the Wii!

I imagine aiming at the ghosts with the remote while moving with the nunchuck... and with today's graphics the ghosts would look phenomenal!

Re:Wii Controller... (1)

Lectoid (891115) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630476)

Luigi's Mansion

Re:Wii Controller... (1)

radish (98371) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630528)

... and with today's graphics the ghosts would look phenomenal!

With today's graphics yes, with the Wii's.....I'm not so sure :)

Re:Wii Controller... (1)

Hercynium (237328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17636606)

Well, graphics are nice and all, but if a Ghostbusters game does come to the Wii, I'll be the first to market with a silly-string attachment for the remote!

Silly string attachment - $10.00
Silly string refills - $2.00
Silly string cleaner for your living room and your precious flat-panel TV - $39.95!

Re:Wii Controller... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17630596)

don't forget pushing the controller towards the screen or flicking the nunchuk to throw out the trap!

Re:Wii Controller... (1)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630778)

Elebits is probably the next best thing. It's incredibly satisfying to throw cars around with the capture gun.

Re:Wii Controller... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#17638500)

Don't cross the nunchuks!

Well (5, Funny)

hkgroove (791170) | more than 7 years ago | (#17629836)

Development on the game was going fine until dickless here shut off the power grid.

Re:Well (3, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630030)

Is this true?
Yes, it's true, this man has no dick.

Is this true? (1, Redundant)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630976)

Yes, it's true. This man was no Wii.

This would be great.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17630316)

...on the Wii. Just imagine it with the controller.

Idiots (1)

bateleur (814657) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630460)

Who gets a game to that stage of development without the approval of the copyright holders?!

Even if they cut some kind of deal now it's going to cost them a fortune.

Re:Idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17630898)

I think one of them said "I ain't afraid of no copyright holder..."

Re:Idiots (1)

Quietude (634889) | more than 7 years ago | (#17637280)

Nobody steps on copyright law in my town!

Re:Idiots (1)

Maul (83993) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630966)

There may be a little more to just "getting permission" than they are at liberty to say. It is very likely that the game developers received permission to start developing a game, but later stages of the game need final approval from the IP holder. Or there are some disputes over royalties/distribution/etc. Or there are some gray areas as to who owns what IP related to the Ghostbuster's franchise that need to be cleared up before development continues.

Does this mean .... (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 7 years ago | (#17630920)

.... it is vaporware.

Re:Does this mean .... (1)

ObiWanKenblowme (718510) | more than 7 years ago | (#17636690)

It's free-floating, vaporous apparition-ware.

It's 106 miles to Chicago... (2, Funny)

cei (107343) | more than 7 years ago | (#17631598)

I'm waiting to see a Blues Brothers GTA mod, myself...

Hit it.

Comedy, not sci-fi shooter (1)

FarSide0013 (980334) | more than 7 years ago | (#17631892)

Ghostbusters wasn't about the shootout with the ghost. Remember the hotel sequence. They spent more time on Venkman getting slimed, blowing up maid's carts and "clearing" the banquet hall then they did shooting the ghost. If the developers nail that humorous part of it, the absurdity of the situation and focus less on the "I have a gun to stop the ghosts from taking over the world" part of it, then I'll be more interested.

Re:Comedy, not sci-fi shooter. Use the Script! (1)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633732)

The Humor is the key. It would be sweet if they took Akroid's script he was shopping around for Ghostbusters 3 and made that the basis of the game.

Re:Comedy, not sci-fi shooter. Use the Script! (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#17636846)

Isn't that the script that they turned into the movie 'Evolution' starring David Duchovny?

Personally... (1)

trogdor8667 (817114) | more than 7 years ago | (#17632182)

I'd be much happier with a Ghostbuster's 3... I could care less about a Ghostbuster's game because I know it won't be worth my time...

Re:Personally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17641778)

Much like proper use of an apostrophe.

The secret level (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633306)

There's rumors that there's a secret level named "Keymaster tapz dat Gatekeeper" that can only be accessed via a hack distributed on the web.

Re:The secret level (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17637160)

Yeah, isn't it called "Hot Ectoplasm" or something? I think you have to slide your Proton Beam into her Containment Unit...

Holy crap a ghostbusters game? (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 7 years ago | (#17633338)

Mother pus bucket!!

Is this true? (2, Funny)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 7 years ago | (#17634368)

Yes it's true. This man has no dick.

Ectoplasmic orgasm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17646124)

Man, say what you will, but this video looks badass. C'mon, tearing away layers of brick with your proton stream? DUDE.

I'm personally just hoping that if the project is green-lighted, the production team doesn't pull a Uwe Boll and turn the whole game into a mindless shooter. Busting ghosts was only half the fun, the other half was the quirky humor.

It's release date.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17647780)

...is planned for after Duke Nukem Forever hits the shelves.
Sometime after the sun has cooled.
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