The 1997 Blade Runner video game is coming out with a remastered edition titled Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, developed by Nightdive Studios. The OG version created by Westwood Studios was inspired by the 1982 Ridley Scott film of the same.
While set in the same world, the similarities between the film and game end there. Aside from having different main characters, the game follows a different storyline from the movie. In the game, players use detective Ray McCoy to locate replicants in a futuristic Los Angeles.
“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: Enhanced Edition will include updated character models and animations, upscaled cutscenes, and widescreen resolution support, as well as keyboard and controller customization, with additional details to be announced in the weeks and months ahead.
The new game is expected to release for PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year.