Back when the sequel to last year's Ghostbusters board game was announced, the first big question that came to mind for me was "what's left to add?" The success of the initial Kickstarter campaign meant that the first one was full of add-ons, adding a roster of new characters and adversaries. Of course, the obvious answer was that Ghostbusters II would include elements of, y'know, Ghostbusters II, but as designer Mataio Wilson said in our interview, they had access to everything from the source material, from the movies to the comics to the cartoon.
And now, the campaign is making good on that potential. This week, Cryptozoic Entertainment announced an expansion for Ghostbusters II: The "Get Real" pack, which adds five new characters based on the 1986 Real Ghostbusters cartoon.
If you had told me the new Ghostbusters movie would lead to a new four-player, co-op, isometric RPG shooter meant to tie into the film's release, I probably would have given a speech much like the OG GBs gave to the mayor of New York in the original film. Rumors of a Ghostbusters game have been flying around since the updated feature was announced, but this week Activision confirmed plans to support the Paul Feig film with an original game that takes place after the events of 2016's Ghostbusters. Which is interesting considering the game comes out before the movie hits theaters.
As if enough Ghostbusters media and merchandise branded with that simple name wasn't confusing enough already, the game too will rely on just the default team name coined by the original paranormal investigators back in 1984. No real prior knowledge of the franchise will be necessary though, as Ghostbusters will feature an entirely new cast of characters, different from the new cast of characters in the movie, which are all different from the comics and cartoons based on the first Ghostbusters. Still with me?
But that doesn't mean there wasn't room for a sequel. This week, Cryptozoic has launched another campaign for Ghostbusters II: The Board Game, and reached their initial funding goal of $250,000 in under two hours. To find out more, we spoke to game designer Mataio Wilson about the process of creating the first game, how the second is adding to the formula they've already set, and why the Ghostbusters are really just a very funny D&D party, right down to the dungeons.
IDW is unleashing a wave of "Deviations" this month, taking some of its best known comics and telling stories set in worlds that deviate dramatically from the source material in order to see how fan-favorite characters would respond to a drastically changed landscape. The featured series include The X-Files, Transformers, and G.I. Joe, while the creative team of writer Kelly Thompson and artist Nelson Daniel get to introduce readers to an alternate reality Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters: Deviations imagines a world where the team did not cross streams at the end of the movie, meaning that Gozer --- in the form of the Staypuft Marshmallow Man --- was victorious in their climactic battle. It's a sugar-spewn apocalypse, with our four heroes stuck right in the middle. ComicsAlliance spoke to Thompson and Daniel to find out what it means for the Ghostbusters to be trapped in the fluffiest end-times imaginable.
IDW also provided us with the first-look preview of the lettered pages for issue #1, which you can check out below.
Last year's Kickstarter campaign to fund Cryptozoic's Ghostbusters board game was one of the biggest crowdfunding successes in recent memory, racking up over 1.5 million dollars from backers hungry for tabletop Ghostbusting action. With numbers like that, it's no surprise that they'd want to follow it up, and today, Cryptozoic announced plans to do just that with Ghostbusters II, a sequel to the first game that's set to launch its own campaign in April.
Less than a week after the first full Ghostbusters trailer, there’s now a second trailer. An international trailer! All the characters speak exotic languages! (Okay, not really, they all speak English.) But, hey there’s a lot more Chris Hemsworth in this trailer! He’s from Australia! That’s international! (Or Asgard, which would technically make this the intergalactic trailer.)
Last fall we learned that Sony is plotting an animated Ghostbusters project separate from Paul Feig’s upcoming movie — similar to the studio’s plans for an animated Spider-Man movie that will exist separate from their reboot collaboration with Marvel. Franchise wizards Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been attached to the animated Spidey project for a while, and it appears that Sony has finally secured a director for the animated Ghostbusters film, which also reminds us that Sony is working on an animated Ghostbusters film.
Ever since the Ghostbusters reboot has been announced (with an all-female cast) the film has been harshly judged, sight unseen. Today, director Paul Feig has officially revealed the Ghostbusters trailer, so now we can judge the film on its own merits. And? It actually looks pretty good!
With a new Ghostbusters film on the horizon, the fearless foursome will once again return to the mass market courtesy of Mattel. Though Mattel previously tried to resurrect the Ghostbusters franchise as action figures back in 2009, the line was fraught with issues. Other companies, like Diamond Select, have stepped up in recent years to fill the void for figures based on the 1984 classic, but outside of specialty shops, Ghostbusters toys have been few and far between since the Real Ghostbusters line ended all those years ago.
Depending on how invested you were in the Matty Collector Ghostbusters line, even bringing it up might recall a particularly sour taste for fans who were burned the last time this license was making the rounds. After seeing the new figures in person for the first time this weekend at Toy Fair, I hope this wave can find the audience and success the previous batch just couldn't maintain. Given all the excitement for the female-led film, that doesn't seem like it should be a problem. Even if the figures aren't all that great.
We were promised by Ghostbusters director Paul Feig there would be plenty of toy presence for the all-female remake of the classic supernatural comedy. To this point though, only the core Mattel action figures had been shown. Now, just a week before Toy Fair 2016 kicks off, Lego has lifted the spooky sheet off its planned Ghostbusters set, and it's a doozy.
The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 set will feature all four of the leading ladies as minifigures, along with a daemon (this film's version of ghosts, I assume) and a itty-bitty Chris Hemsworth. Of course the set is built around the iconic transport of the spectre-hunting team, and will include a the retooled 1984 Cadillac Superior Hearse as the main building attraction.
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