A new actual reality game based on the Ghostbusters franchise is set to launch later this year.
Pokémon GO has been a huge hit for Nintendo and the game’s creators Niantic Inc, so it comes as no surprise to see other companies trying their own variations.
As you’re probably aware, Pokémon GO uses your phones GPS, internet connection and camera to allow you to roam around your local area trying to catch the little creatures.
The Actual Reality, or AR for short, is when the game overlays game sprites onto the live feed from the camera giving the illusion there really are creatures in front of you. (Assuming you have this enabled as it is optional and uses more battery power).
Today Google launched ARCore 1.0, a tool that will bring better AR to a wide range of flagship Android and iOS phones. This new software will allow in-game sprites to stand on the coffee table in your living room, for example, to further enhance the illusion that they’re in the room.
Sony Pictures soon followed up that announcement with the teaser video for Ghostbusters World, which sounds like Pokémon GO but with ghosts. I don’t mean to sound demeaning already, but there’s very little information to go on at this time.
Here is the official description via Sony Pictures,
Ghostbusters World is an all-new state-of-the-art augmented reality game currently in development. 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. The Ghostbusters World Game is currently in development as part of a collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment Consumer Products, Ghost Corps and publisher FourThirtyThree Inc
The game will be utilising Google’s ARCore software which will require an iPhone running iOS9 or a fairly recent Android phone running Android 7 (Nougat) or later. Google is working with all the major mobile phone manufacturers to ensure that future phones are ARCore certified.
A brief teaser for the game, which unfortunately contains no actual game footage, was also released. You can watch that below and also visit the official site to discover the relevant social media links.