Bladerunner to be remastered
Westwood’s 1997 sci-fi game getting reworked.
News by Paul Wilson
Published 12th March 2020
System Shock developer Nightdive Studios is in the process of remaster classic sci-fi adventure game Blade Runner.
Originally released in 1997 and developed by Westwood Studio’s Bladerunner was regarded as something of a ground breaking game for its time. Unfortunately, until recently the game itself had become lost and only resurfaced recently.
Bladerunner: Enhanced Edition is very much a remaster rather than a remake and is being restored using Nightdive’s KEX engine. The same game engine used to restore System Shock: Enhanced Edition and Turok. Bladerunner: Enhanced Edition will feature updated character models, animations and upscaled cutscenes whilst retaining the original look and feel of the game.
“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.”
Bladerunner: Enhanced Edition is to be released on Steam later this year.
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