Majesco tries creepy AR again with 'The Hidden' for 3DS

Now this sounds familiar. Majesco just announced that it's publishing an augmented-reality game for a Nintendo handheld, to be released around Halloween, that allows you to search for ghostly phenomena in your environment using the system's camera.

No, it's not the DSi game Ghostwire, whose developer is still seeking a publisher after splitting with Majesco. The new game is The Hidden, created by 1st Playable Productions, and coming this October to 3DS.

The Hidden puts the player in the role of a member of the Ghostly Entity Investigation and Strike Team (G.E.I.S.T.), hunting around the real world to find spectral creatures, and then "using a full arsenal of high tech tools and upgradeable weapons, including the Plasmatic Disruptor, Ectoplasm Sensor and Spectral Shield" to defeat them.
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MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES 'THE HIDDEN' FOR NINTENDO 3DS™

Augmented Reality Ghost Hunting Experience Due Out This October


EDISON, N.J., April 6th, 2011 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced today The Hidden for the Nintendo 3DS™ system is in development for an expected release this Fall. Developed by 1st Playable Productions, this augmented reality game turns your handheld into a portal to the astral plane as you hunt through real-world environments with the Nintendo 3DS camera. Become a paranormal investigator by searching, capturing and destroying supernatural entities hidden within your own surroundings. In addition, this location-based adventure allows you to unlock all ghosts and reveal the full game storyline by bringing your Nintendo 3DS with you as you travel in the real world, finding hidden spirits in new locations.

"The Hidden is a great example of exciting content mixed with compelling technological innovation on the Nintendo 3DS," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco Entertainment. "This immersive experience leverages many key features of the new system-- including the camera, gyroscope and Wi-Fi capability--to deliver a rich 3D adventure with multiple layers."

As a member of the elite G.E.I.S.T. squad, Ghostly Entity Investigation and Strike Team, you must work with your team to track, capture, shoot and eliminate evil spirits, including fast-moving Kamikazes and Tanks, solid phantoms armed with claws. Explore different real-world locations to find and destroy new ghosts. Battle and defeat powerful entities using a full arsenal of high tech tools and upgradeable weapons, including the Plasmatic Disruptor, Ectoplasm Sensor and Spectral Shield. Navigate through tunnels to access a hidden dimension and collect power-ups to fight off dangerous threats. You will also use the Circle Pad and Nintendo 3DS gyroscope control to shoot and destroy ghosts, while keeping a log of your otherworldly discoveries made at previously visited places using the Location History feature.

The Hidden for Nintendo 3DS is expected to launch this October, just in time for Halloween. For additional information about Majesco's exciting line of products, please visit www.majescoentertainment.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.