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Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.

Description of the Game[src]

Phasmophobia is a four player online co-op psychological horror game created and released by Kinetic Games. It was released on September 18, 2020 in Steam Early Access. It is targeted to have a full release in late 2022 or early 2023.


To begin a game, players first choose whether to play alone or as a group, of which the latter is done by joining other players in a server or creating their own. The host then selects a contract consisting of the investigation venue and the difficulty level. Any equipment can then be added before the players ready up and the host starts the contract.

Each contract, the player is tasked with four objectives. Objective 1 will always be 'Discover what type of Ghost we are dealing with', which simply means to identify the ghost type. In the tutorial, this is the only objective. To do this, the player must perform an investigation, using their equipment to locate the ghost room and find different forms of evidence. These evidences should be logged in the journal, which contains information about the different types of ghosts, as well as an automatic sorter based on the information inputted. Players may also make use of the traits of the various ghost types as stated in the journal to identify the ghost.

To complete the remaining objectives, players may or may not make use of the equipment that they have brought or any objects found on-site. Some objectives are dependent on ghost activity, and the player may increase this activity by saying certain key phrases or the ghost's name. During the time the player is within the investigation area, the player's sanity will gradually lower. The lower the player's sanity gets, the more likely the ghost will be to initiate a hunt, where it will chase players and attempt to kill them. During a hunt, exit doors will lock, requiring players to hide or outrun the ghost for its duration. Players will have to utilise a mix of equipment and skill to stay alive.

Players may leave regardless of whether the objectives have been completed or not. After closing the van door with all living players inside, the contract will end and players will be rewarded with money and experience depending on the completion of the objectives and any secondary evidences collected. These can be used to buy or unlock equipment and progress further in the game.


All controls can be changed in the settings menu. The default settings are:

Use Keyboard VR
Movement W, A, S, D
Run Shift
Crouch C
Local Push To Talk V
Global Push To Talk B
Inventory Swap Q
Journal J Grip over right shoulder
Pickup Items E
Drop Items G
Interact (keypads, doors, taps) Left Mouse Button
Primary Use Right Mouse Button
Secondary Use F
Flashlight T



  • The word 'Phasmophobia' means the fear of ghosts.
  • Up to June 18, 2021, Kinetic Games only had one developer working on the game. Kinetic Games currently has two developers and one artist.