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GDC 2018: Ghostbusters World Blends AR Gameplay With Google Maps API

Fresh news for Ghostbusters fans has arrived from this year's Game Developers Conference. Sony Pictures Entertainment Consumer Products has teamed up with Ghost Corps and the crew at publishing house FourThirtyThree Inc. to create Ghostbusters World, a new AR experience for mobile devices that makes use of the Google Maps API to give players an all-new way to bust ghosts around their neighborhoods.

Offering players the chance to battle and capture hundreds of different ghosts, Ghostbusters World is being touted as the latest must-have AR-based mobile experience. The game will be shown off in video form through Google's GDC 2018 booth starting on March 21 and running through March 23; however, users can get a look at the experience right now by checking out the gameplay video featured below.

On the surface, Ghostbusters World is meant to be a fun way for Ghostbusters franchise fans to explore the series' canon in an interactive way. In fact, Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters film, referred to the game as "the perfect medium [for fans] to get to know [Ghostbusters] characters in a whole new dimension." More than that, Ghostbusters World also looks to be a great way for players who aren't necessarily keen on Pokemon Go to enjoy a mobile-based AR experience.

There's no specific word yet on when Ghostbusters World will be bringing its ghoulish Google Maps-based action into players hands and pockets, but mobile game fans should expect the title to land on iOS and Android devices sometime later this year.

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