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Ghostbusters VR Academy training simulator is looking for ghost-busting recruits

by Susan and Simon Veness

Ghostbusters location-based virtual reality experience takes players into the world of ghost-busting, complete with proton packs and flying Ectomobilie.

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Renderings and photos courtesy of Hologate

Sony Pictures, in cooperation with Hologate virtual reality media company, has announced the new experience, which will debut at more than 400 Hologate locations globally.

Ghostbusters VR Academy is a fully immersive training simulator whose story is inspired by the 1984 hit movie, “Ghostbusters,” starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramos, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver.

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“Sony Pictures Virtual Reality is all about making wishes come true,” said Jake Zim, senior vice president, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Ghostbusters VR Academy, the new location-based VR training experience, will continue to expand the world of Ghostbusters in a way that honors the legacy of the franchise and offers something entirely new.

“For the first time ever, players will be able to train to be a real Ghostbuster in an amazing academy setting, and race a new flying version of the Ecto using Hologate’s vehicle motion simulator. This fantasy fulfilling experience is only possible in virtual reality, and with Hologate’s location-based entertainment technology.”

During the Arena game, players will strap on a proton pack and use their teamwork skills as they deal with high-risk ghost encounters within the safety of academy grounds.

ghostbusters vr academy training center

In the Blitz game, trainees can take the wheel of the new prototype Ecto vehicle, created exclusively for evaluating new recruits at the academy. Enter into competition to see who is the fastest, most skillful driver in a high-speed race that puts the Ecto to the test.

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“Sony Pictures VR is doing incredible things for virtual reality, and we’re thrilled to collaborate for this new experience,” said Leif Petersen, CEO and Hologate founder. “Ghostbusters VR Academy is a natural fit for Hologates’s Arena and Blitz platforms. It transcends reality so players can create memorable moments while fulfilling longtime wishes to operate iconic Ghostbusters equipment. We can’t wait for players to step inside this world.”

Ghostbusters VR Academy is expected to be available in 400 locations by the end of 2022.

More information will become available on Hologate.com.

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