Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is handled by the same team that slowly puts together the System Shock remake.
Blade Runner premiered in cinemas in 1982, and it quickly became a success. Today, it is considered to be a cult classic. It got a video game adaptation in 1985, but we’re not talking about this one but the one made in 1997. This point-and-click adventure game was made by a certain Westwood Studios, who by then has started Command & Conquer (which, incidentally, is also getting a remastered collection).
The ’97 game is getting a remaster, as Alcon Entertainment and Nightdive Studios announced Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam), which will launch this summer. In it, we see the story of an investigator called Ray McCoy who hunts down renegade replicants in a futuristic version of Los Angeles. (The plot was set in 2019, and the city looks nothing like they thought it would be.) The base game sold more than a million copies, earning a Game of the Year award at the inaugural DICE Awards, and you can pick it up from GOG.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is going to be a „polished and premium restoration,” using Nightdive Studios’ in-house engine called KEX, previously used to remaster Turok or System Shock. It will have updated character models, animations, and cutscenes, as well as widescreen support, or keyboard and controller customization, plus it will support the original foreign language translations (German, French, Italian, and Chinese).
„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,” said Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick in a press release.
So Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is launching this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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