conversation with Eurogamer
, Nightdive Studios reveals that complications
are delaying their work on an updated version of the 1997 Blade Runner
adventure game. The project was
for a late 2020 release. But now they are saying its release date
is TBD, explaining that lack of access to Westwood's original source code means
their version will be a replicant, rather than a remaster:
When EA bought
Westwood in August 1998 and had the studio move office, the Blade Runner source
code was lost. While a vault of old Westwood content was unearthed by EA during
the development of the Command & Conquer remaster, Kick doesn't think he'll end
up with anything Blade Runner-related from it, even if it is found.
"We've had some discussions with EA about what else is in the vault they found
regarding Blade Runner, and we haven't been able to get a clear answer," Kick
said. "And even if there was something, it's very unlikely they would release it
to us for legal reasons, mostly, which is a bit of a disappointment, because we
were hoping to at least get the original audio recordings. So we're basically
working off what was in the original game at this point and not having access to
any original stuff.
"I've been led to believe that there's some stuff but no-one will ever know."
This means Nightdive must reverse engineer the code - an arduous and time
consuming task that involves creating tools to extract the original art assets.
"It's just taking a bit longer than we originally anticipated," Kick