"Rookie" is the rookie's actual surname.As a shout-out to Kill Bill, the new Ghostbuster hired in '91 has "Rookie" on his name tape because it's actually his name, not because the Ghostbusters just have a standard-issue "new-guy" jump-suit they make new hires wear out of black humor for their employment duration expectancy (or, for that matter, their life expectancy.)
The mechanics of a Destructor form, as a happy side-effect, actively neutralize the negative effects of Crossing The Streams.And Egon's figured it out, too, which is why no one seems particularly bothered or hesitant about crossing the streams at Ivo Shandor at the end of the game.
Ivo Shandor's family are descended from Tiamat worshippers.According to the Gozer exhibit at the museum in the Realistic-Style version of game, Gozer was a major power on Earth before Tiamat and her followers (Not the Dungeons & Dragons one, the Babylonian one) defeated it and banished it from our reality. Interestingly enough, one of the collectible items in the Realistic is a painting of the Shandor Family....on "Tiamat Island." Being descendant of the ones who banished Gozer gave him the knowledge of how to reverse the effect when he turned to the Dark.
Walter Peck really is a Gozer worshipperRemember he had a high PKE level in the Museum, even after he was slimed to remove possessors. The reason Ivo Shandor tied him up was that Ivo challenged Gozer to a fight; and Peck was, surprisingly enough, loyal even after Gozer was skinned and beheaded by Ivo.
Before getting hired by the Ghostbusters, the rookie was...Assuming there's not some Word of God I missed;
The Rookie is The Voiceless because...
Ivo could only maintain a Destructor Form in that pocket dimension in the end, the battlefield where he fights the Ghostbusters.Although he had all the PK energy he required via eating? the ghosts from the Containment Unit, according to Ray he still needed a blood sacrifice, in this case Illysa. But that never happened. Had he won, he would have been able to still fulfill the ritual, but what they fought wasn't a true Destructor who could walk the earth.
Each depiction of the Rookie will start a new Franchise in one of the three cities.What "really happened" is a mixture of both the Realistic and Stylistic plots. So they actually had 3 Rookies. The Realistic Guy, and the Stylistic Guy, and the Stylistic Girl. Each one will set up a different franchise in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati.
The "Rookie" name tag was just a placeholder until the rookie could get the custom-ordered tag that bore his actual name.Presumably, the other Ghostbusters wouldn't have referred to him by name until the custom tag arrived, and the tag didn't arrive until they had defeated Ivo Shandor's plan.
The previous rookie suffered A Fate Worse Than DeathPeter says he doesn't want to get too attached to the current rookie because he remembers what happened to the last guy. We don't get to know any more than that, but one of the bonus contents, coming from a Best Buy download code, is a new player model: a ghostbuster with no skin on his head as well as no lower jaw and missing part of his neck muscles, whose name tag reads "Scance" and is referred to as a "ghoul". This troper thinks that Scance is the previous rookie, who was turned into a ghoul in an accident during his final mission, before the events of the game. His ability to follow orders and catch ghost when used as a player character shows that his mind was not affected by the changes in his body and he is still lucid. Thus, we may also imply, he remembers his life before becoming a ghoul and wishes he had just died.
The 2009 Ghostbusters video game IS the "CGI" Ghostbusters 3 that was originally announcedSupported by the fact that the game had not been officially announced when the first reports that the third installment would be CGI rather than live-action were made - the game WAS CGI, like any 3D game, complete with CG versions of the original team. Also by the fact that the game is a very direct sequel to the first two movies, and ties in heavily with the plots of both, tying up numerous loose ends and elaborating on the weirder plot details of the films. While there may possibly be a third film in production (I don't remember where I heard this, but I do remember hearing it from somewher; whether it was reputable info or not I'm not at all sure), I think that the announcement that 3 would be all-CGI was just a clever way of announcing the third installment and giving a small bit of truthful info without outright revealing yet that it would be a video game.
Walter Peck is a Sin-EaterThis could explain why he had such a high PKE level in the video game after he was no longer possessed. He died in the first movie after being buried under marshmallow and was brought back. The PKE meter was able to detect his Geist even after it had fused with him.
The game was once supposed to be set in the present, not in 1991.