New Ghostbusters Game Won’t Feature Reboot Film Cast

Activision has unveiled a new Ghostbusters game, billed as a tie-in to the up-coming all-female movie reboot, directed by Paul Feig, and yet it doesn’t feature any of the cast members from said film. Rather than focus on the new cast of characters, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the game – confusingly titled just Ghostbusters – introduces a new team of two guys and two girls.

The game is a third-person action RPG, featuring Diablo-esque four-player co-op, and is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. An additional mobile game, Ghostbusters: Slime City, is being released on iOS and Android.

“This July, Ghostbusters returns to screens both big and small,” the Activision announcement reads. “That’s right, in addition to the new film from Sony Pictures, this July we’re introducing two all-new Ghostbusters adventures for consoles and mobile devices — Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Slime City, respectively. Both games will feature new casts of rookies as they fight rogue sprits while the now-famous Ghostbusters are off stopping high-profile poltergeists.”

“On PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, there’s Ghostbusters, a third-person action role-playing game with up to four-player local co-op,” the Activision blog adds. “Each player can level up their character’s gear and abilities by battling ghosts, completing objectives, or discovering hidden collectibles. Players will have four heroes to choose from, each with their own unique personality and play style that benefit the overall team.”

Ghostbusters is set for release on the same day as the film reboot, 15th July.

Has The Latest Ghostbusters Release Date Been Leaked by Newegg?

Ghostbusters is one of the most recognizable franchises ever devised and spawned a number of interesting games. For example, the ZX Spectrum version of Ghostbusters featured a wacky take on the iconic theme tune and surprisingly advanced mechanics for the time. Moving to the modern era, Activision released Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009. The gameplay revolves around shooting in the third person perspective and is very impressive when compared to other officially licensed video games. I still feel it’s a little bit underrated despite good reviews and is well worth checking out.

Not so long ago, a trailer was released showing the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot which caused some controversy. This is because of the predominately female cast including s Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the lead roles.  Whatever your views, it’s clear the initial unveil received a mixed reception and there’s some skepticism surrounding the film prior to its availability in cinemas. To coincide with the film’s release, Activision is reportedly releasing a game but there’s not much information regarding the genre or release date. However, US retail giant, Newegg has listed the PlayStation 4 version with a release date of 7/12/2016. Of course this could simply be a placeholder and delays are quite common when producing video games on the latest consoles.

Saying that, I’m sure Activision is keen to unveil the game as quickly as possible when the film is still in everyone’s minds to create a sense of excitement. It’s important to be wary of licensed games because they have a pretty terrible history. The most pertinent of example of this is Rambo which has some of the worst design decisions and graphics I’ve seen for a long time. Personally, I’m looking forward to the new Ghostbusters video game and hope it lives up to its predecessor.

First Ghostbusters Teaser Lands

The first teaser for Paul Feig’s forthcoming remake of Ghostbusters has just hit, and it gives us a tantalising glimpse of just how big the spectral invasion of New York is set to be. While we don’t get to see the four Ghostbusters – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – themselves, the extreme military presence shown in the teaser suggests the threat they’re set to face will be a sizable one. “Who you gonna call?”, indeed.

The new Ghostbusters film is a hard reboot, meaning that it is not tied to the previous universe or continuity of the Ivan Reitman-directed Ghostbusters or its sequel. The decision to start from scratch, Feig told Entertainment Weekly, was a no-brainer considering the original film’s legacy:

“I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do [Ghostbusters 3] I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. How do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up?

But then it was bugging me for the next few days because ‘Ghostbusters‘ is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all-female cast? If they were all women?  Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?”

Ghostbusters opens in cinemas on 15th July.

 

All-Female Ghostbusters Movie Set For All-Male Counterpart!

A cynic might say that Sony has lost its bottle over its all-female Ghostbusters reboot due to the news, broken by Deadline earlier today, that the studio is also producing a companion film with a 100% male group of Ghostbusters, because we’ve never seen that before.

The new movie, titled Ghostcorps, is being produced by original alumni Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, directed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers the Russo Brothers, and penned by Drew Pearce, writer of Iron Man 3. Channing Tatum is co-producing, with Sony hoping that he will also star.

The move is hardly a show of faith in Paul Feig’s forthcoming Ghostbusters film, which entered pre-production last month. There was a predictable misogynistic murmur of uproar when the female-dominated cast, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, was announced, and, rightly or wrongly, the timing of the Ghostcorps reveal feels like Sony is pandering to those dissenting voices; a bold move now undermined by cowardice.

Source: Deadline

Who You Gonna Call… Kirsten Wiig?

That’s right Ghostbusters fans, the new reboot is to bring girl power to the iconic film series; in the form of the Bridemaids stars Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The other two roles are b-lined for Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, both very good comedians; appearing on Saturday Night Live numerous times.

Now lets all reminisce of when we first saw the Ghost Busters quartet appear back in the 80’s, the very cheesey animation instantly wowing us and Slimer being our adolescent version of Casper. Who else used to run around with vacuum cleaners on their backs; terrorising the family pets? no, just me?

Paul Feig has worked with Wiig and McCarthy in the past in Bridesmaids and The Heat, bringing out the best in these actresses. He was the driving force behind getting this all female cast onboard. He posted this image on this Twiter earlier today:

 

I loved the originals, let’s hope Paul can make this a great reboot, possibly reboots, using these great actresses; giving the classic a good boost with 21st century graphics.

Thanks to Moviepilot with supplying us with this information.

Ecto-1 NES a Must for Ghostbusters Fans and Retro Gamers Alike

If you’re a child of the Eighties – or always wanted to be – then, by the power of Greyskull, this custom console is made for you. eBay seller ultimatecustoms1982 has modified a die-cast replica of Ecto-1, the car from the hit 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters, to contain a Retrobit Nintendo Entertainment System.

 

ultimatecustoms1982 crafted this one-off retro portmanteau by hand, making space for the cartridge slot up top, and the controller and AV ports on either side. The Ecto-1 NES, with a painted and decaled Ghostbusters controller, is being auctioned on eBay right now. The top bid as of Tuesday is $520 (plus $54.99 international shipping from the US), with three days until the listing expires.

Source: Gizmodo