Ghostbusters World AR Game Swaps Capturing Pokemon for Ghost Hunting

Ghostbusters World AR Game Swaps Capturing Pokemon for Ghost Hunting

I ain't afraid of no ghost.

When there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Your handy Ghostbusters World game on your phone! That doesn't have much of a ring to it, but it's the latest in upcoming augmented reality games for mobile devices. And the pitch for the collaborative effort between Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ghost Corps and publisher FourThirtyThree Inc. as they dive into the genre sounds mighty familiar.

In Ghostbusters World players will be able to capture "specters, ghosts, and apparitions" from their phones. As expected from AR, you can view the ghosts over your usual town or city's real world. If this sounds familiar, that's because it's shaped a lot like Niantic's own hits: Pokemon Go and Ingress. Pokemon Go especially has proven to be enduringly successful over the years since its launch in the summer of 2016, introducing more Pokemon and raids on a regular basis.

Ghostbusters World isn't the only property diving into the augmented world either. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, also developed by Pokemon Go's Niantic, is scheduled for release later this year. Ghostbusters World is aiming for release this year too, and more information about the mobile title will be revealed next month at the annual Game Developers Conference.

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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