Post by KostaAndreadis @ 10:20am 13/03/20 | 0 Comments
In a new Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition developed by masters of the remaster - Nightdive Studios. With 1997's Blade Runner being notoriously difficult to get running on modern hardware (it recently got a GOG re-release), this new version will see the game not only get a shiny new PC version but also have it arrive on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
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.
As per the announcement, 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". And in a very cool move will allow the game to be played in its original presentation (as per the original intro video above).
Nightdive has tonnes of experience with remasters, and Blade Runner is being enhanced via the studio's proprietary KEX game engine that has powered System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and Forsaken Remastered.
“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.”
Although there aren't any screens or early looks at the updates happening, a release is on the cards for sometime this year.