Majesco Announces Ghostwire: Link To The Paranormal
In reality, Majesco announced Ghostwire back in May as hype for the Nintendo DSi mounted. Evidently adopting a surname, Link to the Paranormal in this case, warrants another PR blast. But we don’t mind. When we heard that this augmented reality game (which first debuted on mobile platforms) would be making its way to the DSi, our attention was captured. Being one of the first titles announced to fully take advantage of the features native the DSi, it will be interesting to see how the game pans out.
Ghostwire, in development by A Different Game, tasks players with finding and capturing apparitions through adventure play. The shtick is that the ghosts are projected onto the player's environment via the DSi’s twin cameras. A “ghost tuner” lets you access alternative frequencies and ferret out the ghosts. Each ghost is boasted as having their own unique personality. Spirits, shadows and demons will all want different things. “Solving” the problem involves finding out why each haunts our world. Some will only interact with you if you give them something they want or need, further complicating the scenario.
A Different Game promises that real environmental factors like the time of day or the amount of light in a room will affect what happens in the game. The microphone will also be used in one capacity or another.
“Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal integrates cutting-edge technology with a unique augmented reality aesthetic to create a truly exciting piece of software specifically designed for Nintendo DSi™,” said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations, Majesco Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have such an innovative product in our line-up and look forward to revealing details about the experience as we approach next year’s launch.”
We’ve embedded the official trailer below so you can get a grasp on what the game looks like in action. It’s worth noting that the second DSi camera apparently keeps tabs on you, providing a rear view look at entities that may be lurking over your shoulder.
Ghostwire is slated to launch late 2010. While still much a mystery, we’re excited to see developers trying their hands at developing unique titles for the DSi.