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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered will likely never revive the original’s multiplayer mode

Rest in peace.

Back in 2009, many classic Ghostbusters fans found a surprising amount to enjoy with Ghostbusters: The Video Game. That remained the case with the remastered version that came out in 2019. Having said that, fans of the initial release noticed that the remaster lacked the multiplayer mode from the original. Players had reason to believe that developer Saber Interactive would add the multiplayer mode to the remaster post-launch, as the studio noted that it was “evaluating the situation.” Unfortunately, it looks like Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered may not receive the multiplayer mode at any point down the line.

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This news comes courtesy of an MP1st interview with Tim Willits, the Chief Creative Officer at Saber Interactive. According to Willits, the developers “really wanted to include” the multiplayer mode when working on the remaster some years ago. But although the developers tried their best to implement the feature, “the state of the original multiplayer code unfortunately just didn’t cooperate.” In the end, the team “had to focus on recreating the single player experience fans were expecting from [them].”


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When Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered initially came out, Venturebeat spoke to Matt McKnight, Saber’s Vice President of business development, about the developers efforts to revive the multiplayer. According to McKnight, the original developer of the game, Terminal Reality, did not work on the multiplayer mode. A different studio held that responsibility, and to complicate things further, the company based the multiplayer’s code “on an incomplete version of the game.” On top of this, “Saber found six different versions of the multiplayer code, and had no way of knowing which one shipped.”

The news that Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered will likely never see the original game’s multiplayer brought back will come as unfortunate to many. It serves as a reminder of how tricky games preservation can be, especially when the team behind the remaster did not work on the original release.

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Daniel is a Contributing Writer who has been with PC Invasion since June 2021. A recipient of a master's degree in Community Journalism from the University of Alabama, he holds a deep passion for the gaming medium and the impact it can have on our lives. He is open to all kinds of genres, but has a particular affinity for platformers and beat 'em ups (or brawlers, or hack and slash, or character action, or whatever else you prefer to call them). In his spare time, he loves playing franchises like Mario, Kirby, Zelda, Tekken, and Devil May Cry. He also loves to travel and listen to multiple hours-long video essays back-to-back.