The classic Blade Runner game from 1997 is coming to PC and consoles. Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment are re-releasing Westwood Studios’ cyberpunk adventure as Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will feature updated character models and animations, as well as upscaled cutscenes thanks to fancy machine learning algorithms. It will also support widescreen resolutions, keyboard and controller customization, and much more. Fans will be pleased to learn that the original look-and-feel of the game is still 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.”
Blade Runner isn’t the first game Nightdive Studios has restored. The studio has a rich history of remastering classic games and making them available to modern gamers. They already restored games such as System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and Forsaken.
The original title was a groundbreaking gaming experience for its time, with a branching narrative that led to one of 13 different endings. It was also considered to be quite cinematic. Again – for its time.
I remember playing it as a kid, long before I actually saw Ridley Scott’s movie. I had no idea what the story was about, but I really had fun with the game’s mix of action and adventure.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch in 2020. Nightdive got their hands on the game’s original foreign-language translations, so it will be available in English, German, French, Italian, and Chinese.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.