Ghostbusters PC Lacks Online Multiplayer (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Jun 15, 2009 4:13pm PDT

Update: IGN's review confirms that Ghostbusters PC does indeed lack multiplayer.

Original: With the PC edition of Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters--due in North American retailers tomorrow--pegged at $30 in the US, you might have thought it one heck of a good deal, especially with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions going for double that.

However, it appears that the PC edition isn't as fully-featured as some have thought, as fansite Spook Central reports that the PC version lacks the online multiplayer and downloadable content support of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases.

That said, the site claims that the PC version sports one feature the others don't: the necessity of an internet connection, said to be "required for first-time authentication."

While Terminal Reality developed the single-player portion of Ghostbusters for the three platforms listed above, the multiplayer aspect was handled by Threewave Studios. The studio previously said it was only working on "the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of multiplayer," suggesting that multiplayer has been a long-planned PC omission.

Alongside the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of Ghostbusters, the game will also arrive on PS2, Wii and Nintendo DS tomorrow, with the latter three having been developed by Red Fly and sporting different visuals and gameplay from Terminal Reality's work.

As for Europe, the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 editions arrive in the territory on June 19. Per an exclusivity agreement with Sony, the remaining console versions will arrive in Europe later this year, with a PSP release hitting worldwide this fall.

Shacknews has contacted Atari for more details on the PC edition of Ghostbusters.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

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  • Yeah so, PC gamers are fucked

    If we buy this game en masse then it sends the message that we're cool with draconian DRM and a substandard experience.

    If we don't buy this game then they'll just assume the PC is a dead platform. Or at least not a financially viable one.

    If we don't buy this game and it gets torrented all to hell then they'll assume that it didn't sell because we're all a bunch of thieves.

    The only way we could win would be to not buy the game and somehow communicate/convince them that it's due to the lack of MP and DLC.

    As it stands though I don't own a PS3 or 360 nor will I buy one for this game so I'll be buying the PC version and hoping either they add the additional stuff in later (at additional cost of course but hey at least it's initially cheap) or that the mod community will be able to take up the slack. I think the PC version being able to have additional missions would make up for the lack of MP