Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment announce Blade Runner: Enhanced
, a modern remake of Westwood Studios' point-and-click Blade Runner
game released back in 1997. They expect to release the game later this year for
Steam and consoles. Here are the details:
Originally released in 1997 by
Westwood Studios, Blade Runner was one of the most innovative adventure games of
its era. Long praised as a master-class in game design for its painstaking
recreation of the sci-fi cinematic masterpiece, the game delivered an
unforgettable gaming experience with groundbreaking graphics, an original
musical score, and a canonical branching narrative seamlessly interwoven with
the events of Ridley Scott’s 1982 feature film.
Once lost for years and only recently coming out of retirement, this seminal
game will soon become widely available to a whole new generation of gamers
around the world. Fans of the cult classic can expect a polished and premium
restoration from Nightdive using their proprietary KEX game engine, which has
been used to restore classic video games across all digital platforms including
System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and
Forsaken Remastered. Nightdive has also sourced the original foreign-language
translations, so fans can enjoy the game in German, French, Italian, and Chinese
just as Westwood intended.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will feature updated character models and
animations, upscaled cutscenes using machine learning algorithms, widescreen
resolution support, keyboard and controller customization, and much more.
However, fans will be pleased to learn that the original look and feel of the
game is being preserved.
“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,” said Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick. “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 Alcon-Nightdive partnership was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine
Entertainment, who is co-producing the game alongside Nightdive and Alcon
Interactive Group. No stranger to the franchise, LeFavi previously produced The
Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, Alcon’s top-selling art book for their
Academy Award-winning film sequel in 2017.
Releases across Steam, console, and other platforms are expected in 2020. Stay
tuned for more details on the highly-anticipated Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition
as development continues.