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Secret Cinema launches 'Ghostbusters: The Gates of Gozer' virtual live experience

David Murphy

In the lead up to the theatrical release of the next film in the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’, on 19 November, Secret Cinema has announced ‘Ghostbusters: The Gates of Gozer’, a virtual live experience based on the supernatural world of Ghostbusters, in collaboration with Sony Pictures. The virtual live experience will launch online on 1 December, with O2 Priority presale tickets available from 12pm BST tomorrow and general ticket sales available from 12pm on 1 November.

Set one year after ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984), as the Ghostbusters bask in their victory at the Ivo Shandor building, fans will be able to enrol as a new enthusiastic generation of students at the Paranormal Institute, taking part in the missing chapter of the Ghostbusters legend. The Ghostbusters will be on hand to train up and recruit more people following their finest hour, so they can pass on their experience and expertise in battling ghosts.

The experience will fuse together technical features and special effects with live actor interactions to create an immersive experience. Fans will train with the best as they embark on a journey of paranormal knowledge and are put to the ultimate test in a world featuring mesmeric visual effects, including face filters and voice modulators alongside binaural sound.

People will enrol to explore the haunted realms of New York in teams of six and they will have the chance to meet new and familiar faces during the show while they get trained in key skills, including parapsychology, and science and technology. Once in live paranormal scenarios, students must use quick wits, live improvisation, and a range of gadgets to hunt the trickiest or most malevolent of spooks as they work their way through the experience.

“Secret Cinema dreamed of creating an online interactive game for people who would never normally want to play online games,” said Secret Cinema Group Creative Director, Matthew Bennett. “It’s a radical new approach to live digital storytelling that features multiple locations thriving with numerous outcomes all powered by a host of living characters, both new and old. We call on all fans to sign up to the Ghostbusters new Paranormal Institute so that they can be thrown into the heart of this ‘missing chapter’”.