Thursday, March 12, 2020
Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment have announced that Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will be coming to consoles, bringing the 1997 point-and-click adventure classic to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC. Based on the 1982 Ridley Scott movie starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, the game is an original story featuring detective Ray McCoy as the protagonist.
As a Blade Runner, McCoy must hunt down replicants - humanoid androids in a cyberpunk noir version of Los Angeles, 2019. Originally, the 1997 version of Blade Runner was developed by Command & Conquer outfit Westwood Studios, with a narrative that runs tangentially with the events of the movie. The remastered 'Enhanced Edition' will be a "polished and premium restoration," The Hollywood Reporter reports, despite the original code being lost.
"It's true that the original Blade Runner source code was lost," said Nightdive's Head of Business Development Larry Kuperman. "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."
Nighdive CEO Stephen Kick added: "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."
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has yet to be given a release date, but has been confirmed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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