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Grab your proton pack and clear your thoughts: a new old Ghostbusters video game is coming later this year. On Thursday, we got the surprising announcement that we’ll see a remastered version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, a stellar title that didn’t get the recognition it deserved when it was released in 2009.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game featured key members of the first movie’s cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Players took control of a nameless rookie in the Ghostbusters academy of sorts to bust ghosts alongside the original crew. The voice acting was superb, as can be imagined, and the gameplay fulfilled many childhood fantasies for longtime Ghostbusters fans. It felt like a true follow-up to the original films, and it is still one of the best licensed games out there—but it was somewhat overlooked at the time because it was released during the twilight years of the generation change-over.
The old 2009 version still stands up to today’s standards, and the remastered version shown in a new trailer looks pretty phenomenal, too. As of now, it has a 2019 release exclusively on PlayStation 4, but the first title came out on everything from PS3 to Nintendo DS, so the remaster will most likely get a wider release. With the mysterious Ghostbusters 3 project—which might star the original cast, but questionably not Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones—slated for a 2020 release, this is one way to suit up in classic Ghostbusters style in the meantime.
And sure, the Ghostbusters franchise has been under some scrutiny lately, because a certain shitty portion of its fan base couldn’t handle the all-female cast in the reboot. All that whining aside, one thing’s for sure: Hardly anyone will say “no” to more Ghostbusters, especially in a game that will bring a fantastic new story to the Ghostbusters universe.