E3 rumors: Nintendo's Acid Ghost is like Hitman, but with haunting instead of killing. And on a boat

So, the Wii U's Acid Ghost then (unofficially official pronunciation: Aciiid Ghoooooooooost!). A supposed new IP, supposedly set for reveal at E3. Supposedly aimed at a mature audience and supposedly to be unveiled via a video starring Emin-bloody-em. But what the hell is it?

I made a few strong guesses of varying degrees of plausibility yesterday. But now we have some more (supposedly) solid details. Coming from the same anonymous-source-based location as the original story, the new 'info' tells that Acid Ghost will indeed see you playing as a ghost. A ghost on a cruise ship populated by an AI cast with unique individual personalities. It'll be your job (or hobby I suppose, given that ghosts probably have very few overheads to pay for, on account of being dead) to haunt the crap out of these people in a variety of free-form, creative ways.

Above: Aciiid Ghoooooooooooooooost!

You'll be rewarded based on how heavily you traumatise the passengers, and will have the full gamut of ghostly gubbins at your disposal in order to manipulate their actions and otherwise scare the crap out of them. Poultergeistly manipulation of people, lights, furniture, TVs and electronic equipment will be fully available, and you'll also be able to mess with people's food (Poisoning? Throwing? Ominously sculpting mountains out of?) and write things in blood on the walls. 

The game will apparently have a dark sense of humour, with current examples of behaviour being the dragging of a sleeping woman's bed into the kitchen to confuse the hell out of her, and the simple joy of covering a kid's bed with spiders.

So, pretty much Hitman-meets-Geist, with a healthy dash of The Ship: Murder Party and a whole slab of upcoming supernatural PC sandbox Lucius thrown in for good measure. I don't know about you, but I am categorically in.

If indeed this thing actually exists, and I haven't just wasted half an hour researching and writing this story, that is.

But either way, Aciiid Ghooooooooooooost!

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  • Smash_Bro - May 18, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    What the actual f*ck did I just read? And...why am I intrigued? I don't care for Eminem (or rap in general), but I'm definitely giving this game a chance. Leave it to Nintendo to give gamers the most unique experiences possible! On a side note, I find it terribly ironic (and funny) that a gaming website's autocorrect function is telling me that the word, "gamers" is incorrect.
  • brickman409 - May 17, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    its as if the person who made up the rumor never played a nintendo game before.
  • NotBraze - May 17, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    All I know is the ghost better look like that picture or I won't be interested.
  • metroid2099400 - May 17, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    This actually sounds like a very interesting concept, I'm excited! I do rather hope that it's being developed by Nintendo, we need a game that shows the company to still have teeth. The major deal-breaker for me is going to be if they underplay the "mature" aspect and make it just silly. It'd be like they're wheedling out of their promise.
  • Scuffles - May 17, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    So essentially Its Haunting Staring Poklterguy, from back when EA didn't suck. Only not EA and on a boat instead of a house? I can get behind that because that game was AWESOME!
  • taokaka - May 17, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    damn you for reminding me of lucius, I've wanted that game after I read a preview a year ago and without any news on it since I decided I was probably never going to play it so I forgot about it, but now the slight mention of it has made me curious as to how it's going. However if acid ghost is real then it is definitely the type of game that would have me interested in getting a wii u, but I doubt nintendo would make a game about a drugged up ghost, a drugged up plumber I can believe but not a ghost.
  • shawksta - May 17, 2012 5:21 a.m.

    Damn, this sounds REALLY interesting and awkward. A New Nintendo IP? I highly doubt it, its possibly just a 3rd party game for Wii U. Im open minded but this is just weird, who knows how this will turn out, sounds really fun on the concept its existence just feels awkward, god i hope this things true and suprisingly becomes awesome.
  • UndeadCorpse - May 17, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    So, like Ghost Master then.
  • BackwaterRifle - May 17, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    Exactly what I was thinking!
  • wintergnut - May 17, 2012 9:54 p.m.

    I'd upvote you if I could.
  • KidKatana - May 17, 2012 5 a.m.

    Sounds like a gritty reboot of Ghost Trick. I hope Eminem plays Sissel, with Snoop Dogg as Missile.
  • FierceDeity - May 17, 2012 4:14 a.m.

    wierd... giest wasn't any good anyway

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