During the Google Keynote at the Game Developers Conference this week, Ghostbusters World was announced for mobile devices. It’s an augmented reality game currently in development from Ghost Corps, and published by FourThirtyThree in collaboration with Sony Pictures. It’s due to launch on iOS and Android later this year.

Here’s the first official description:

The game features the latest in AR and other mobile technologies and differentiates itself with skill-based gameplay and numerous other exciting features yet to be announced. Gameplay will enable players to battle and capture hundreds of ghosts from all dimensions of the franchise, including the films, TV shows, comic books, theme parks, and video games. The game will also feature new and unique ghosts to the franchise.

Ghostbusters World will utilize Google Maps API technology to locate ghosts in the real world. You can watch a short gameplay clip from GDC 2018 below.

Ghostbusters World looks very similar to 2016’s breakout hit, Pokémon GO. Pokémon GO wasn’t the fist AR game, but it was by far the most popular, becoming a widespread cultural phenomenon. Now we’re beginning to see other publishers get excited about using their marketable franchises in the same style, such as Warner Bros. with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Hopefully this new breed will be better prepared with more stable servers on launch, because bustin’ makes me feel good.

Ghostbusters World is due to launch later this year on iOS and Android.

Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.