Blade Runner Game Remaster Announced For PC And Consoles
Westwood Studios 1997 adventure game based on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner a side story simply titled Blade Runner is on its way to modern platforms, thanks to Nightdive Studios. Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One sometime in 2020. Although the game shared its name with the movie, it wasn’t a direct adaptation. In Blade Runner, you play as detective Ray McCoy, a hunter of rogue replicants and human-like androids, in a cyberpunk Los Angeles. Despite not being an adaptation, both the movie and the game share some characters, and the “game’s narrative runs tangentially with the events of the film”. Blade Runner the video game has sold over one million copies since its release. As if that wasn’t enough praise, it won the computer adventure game of the year award at the first DICE Awards.
The original Blade Runner game most definitely qualifies as “vintage,” having released in 1997. The point-and-click adventure game was first developed by Westwood Studios and launched to critical acclaim, selling over a million copies and winning multiple Game of the Year awards. To be clear, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition isn’t going to be a remake, only a remaster, but the modernized version of the game will come with a few special additions.
As part of the restoration, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will feature updated character models, animations and cutscenes, widescreen resolution support, and keyboard and controller customisation options.
Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick said:
“Blade Runner is still a jaw-dropping achievement on every level, so while we’re using KEX to upgrade the graphics and respectfully elevate the gaming experience in a way you’ve never seen before, we’re still preserving Westwood’s vision and gameplay in all its glory,”
“While you can enjoy the benefits of playing the game on modern hardware, the game should look and feel not as it was, but as glorious as you remember it being.”
The Blade Runner video game was stuck in a legal rights battle but was finally re-released on GOG.com in December 2019. Nightdive will utilize its KEX game engine to restore Blade Runner for modern systems, similar to the work done on System Shock: Enhanced Edition, and Turok.
The remaster of Blade Runner will be named Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition. This remaster will feature “polished and premium restoration”, updated character models, animations and cutscenes, widescreen resolution support, keyboard and controller customisation and more. The original translations will also be ported into the remaster.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is expected to launch later this year for Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.