It has been months since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming V.R. game Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord. Yep, it’s still happening, and it will be available on the Meta Quest hardware, too. Will Meta even survive 2023?
Regardless, a new trailer dropped this past week, giving us some insight as far as the game’s story is concerned. Now we know why we’re no longer in New York.
The story trailer, which sounds like Liam Neeson narrates, focuses on a man named Gustav Hookfaber. Apparently, he was under the tutelage of Ray, Egon, and Peter when they were still employed at Columbia University.
Apparently, his research was too radical for the core soon-to-be Ghostbusters. Hookfaber left New York for San Francisco and continued his work. It seems that California is rife with plenty of psychokinetic suffering for Hookfaber to tinker with in his search for “endless clean energy.”
During the trailer, we see some ghost-busting action, along with variations of the neutrino wands, P.K.E. meters, and ghost traps in action. However, the actual gameplay loop is not shown in depth. It’s not clear how the players move throughout the map or if it is akin to a rail shooter.
The game’s cartoony aesthetic is still in place. Some of us thought these may have been placeholders, but it appears we’re getting more ‘Real’ Ghostbusters than the real Ghostbusters. This makes sense, as the Meta Quest isn’t exactly a piece of high-powered hardware.
Another thing people should be aware of is that the original four paranormal eliminators are not present in this game, at least as playable characters. You’re here as a new batch of busters on the West Coast. I guess this job beats cleaning up poop and needles off the sidewalk.
For whatever reason, the official Ghostbusters V.R. website has been down today. I was hoping there’d be some more news there, but the connection keeps timing out.
Oddly, the Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord story trailer has 19K views but only 585 likes. Even with the Dislike extension installed, we can’t see the downvotes. I can’t say I’d be surprised if the thumbs down outweighed the thumbs up.
Virtual reality gaming didn’t really take off the way everyone had hoped. We’re years into the technology being pretty mainstream, and yet there are few experiences that live up to the “reality” experience.
What do you think of V.R. and Meta’s attempts to bring this technology into everyday life? Let us know below.[Source: Ghostbusters YouTube Channel]
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