Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment are restoring their classix 1997 point-and-click adventure and bringing it to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch users!
Nightdive Studios, known for restoring classic video games such as System Shock and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, has partnered with production company Alcon Entertainment to restore the 1997 point-and-click adventure title Blade Runner.
Based on Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk noir, Blade Runner follows detective (or “Blade Runner”) Ray McCoy as he hunts down renegade replicants that look remarkably human, in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.
The game’s narrative runs tangentially with the events of Scott’s trend setting cyberpunk film.
Blade Runner was developed by the now-defunct Westwood Studios, best known for its Command & Conquer real-time strategy series, and sold more than one million copies over its lifetime.
Ars Technica published a GREAT retrospective on the game which you can watch below:
Bringing the game back was no easy feat as the original source code was lost long ago!
“It’s true that the original Blade Runner source code was lost,” says Larry Kuperman, head of business development at Nightdive. “We painstakingly reverse-engineered the code, importing it into our own KEX engine, a powerful tool that allows us to do console ports of classic titles, even in the face of quite challenging situations.”
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will feature a “polished and premium restoration” from Nightdive Studios via the company’s proprietary KEX game engine, which it has used to restore Turok and System Shock for contemporary platforms, among other titles.
The game will feature updated character models, animations and cutscenes, as well as widescreen resolution support, keyboard and controller customization and more.
“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,” says 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 Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition alongside Nightdive and Alcon Interactive Group. LeFavi previously produced the companion art book for 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is expected to launch later this year.
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