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Ghostbusters World is coming 2018 and it’s basically Pokémon Ghosts

Upcoming AR title Ghostbusters World has been shown-off at Comic-Con, and it looks a lot Niantic's major mobile AR title.
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July 23, 2018
TL;DR
  • Sony Pictures has shown off its upcoming Ghostbusters mobile game at Comic-Con.
  • Titled Ghostbusters World, the new game will see players try to capture ghosts out in the real world, similar to Pokémon Go.
  • It will feature 150 ghosts, a story mode, a PvP mode, and 3D buildings on its live map.

Sony Pictures has shown-off its new AR title, Ghostbusters World, at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The venture is a collaboration between the movie company and Korean games studios Next Age and 4:33 Creative Lab, and it will be released later this year.

Ghostbusters World is another in the Pokémon Go vein of mobile titles: you’ll walk around a digital map of your surrounding area searching for ghosts, and when you find one, the game will switch to an AR mode where you’ll have a chance to snag it.

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The game will feature 150 ghosts for you to capture at launch, according to The Verge, and it’s set to introduce a few improvements upon the regular Go formula. For example, the game will render 3D buildings on the map, rather than the flat map seen in Go — something made possible thanks to Google making Maps available to third-party devs, as we already saw in The Walking Dead: Our World.

Sneak peek at the pre-alpha gameplay footage!
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The team is also chucking in a PvP mode that Pokemon Go lacks, and a story mode fleshed out by the writing team behind the Ghostbusters comics.

It seems like a decent idea: the “nabbing ghosts in the real world” theme is a good fit for AR, and there’s a wealth of spirits to include thanks to the subsequent Ghostbusters cartoons and comics. Whether it will be enough of an upgrade to challenge Pokémon Go’s dominance remains to be seen, however.

Ghostbusters World will be free-to-play when it launches later this year; follow it on your social media channel of choice for updates — links at the official website.