Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition updates the 1997 classic, coming in 2020

Blade Runner Game
Blade Runner Game

Blade Runner

Source: Nightdive Studios (Image credit: Source: Nightdive Studios)

What you need to know

  • Blade Runner originally launched in 1997 as a point-and-click adventure.
  • The original code for the game was lost.
  • Nightdive Studios is remastering it for current-generation machines by reverse-engineering the code.
  • Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition should release in 2020.

Do you remember playing the point-and-click Blade Runner game when you were young? Well, it seems like it's getting upgraded by Nightdive Studios. Nightdive has worked on bringing a lot of forgotten classics into the modern era and we can't wait to see what the team does with Blade Runner.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the remastered version is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, as well as a PC version through online storefront Steam. Based on Ridley Scott's 1982 cyberpunk noir... Blade Runner follows detective Ray McCoy as he hunts down renegade replicants, or androids that look remarkably human, in a futuristic version of 2019 Los Angeles. The game's narrative runs tangentially with the events of the 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. The game also garnered critical praise and won the inaugural computer adventure game of the year at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science's first DICE Awards.

What you probably didn't know was that the original code for Blade Runner was lost. The team at Nightdive had to reverse-engineer the code to bring it to consoles.

You can expect updated visuals, animations, widescreen support, and much more with Nightdive's version. The best part is that it's expected to launch in 2020.

Asher Madan

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