After a long indefinite delay, Nightdive Studios’ Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is arriving much sooner than fans might have expected.
In 2020, Nightdive Studios, developers of the upcoming system shock remake, announced an ambitious remastering project for the 1997 cult-classic PC adventure game Bladerunner. The project aimed to bring the popular Westwood Studios title, which featured many mechanics and elements used in later 3D adventure games, to consoles for the first time ever, in addition to remastering and preserving it for a newer audience. Blade Runner: Extended Edition It ran into some issues and was indefinitely delayed from its 2020 release window and now appears to be suddenly arriving on modern platforms next week.
Bladerunner is a 1997 3D adventure game based on the 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott and inspired by the novel by science fiction author Phillip K. Dick Do androids dream of electric sheep? The game’s narrative parallels that of the original film, which is also set in a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019, but instead follows a blade runner named Ray McCoy who is tasked with hunting down a rogue group of replicants much like the protagonist of the Movies, Rick Deckard. The game features some of the characters and actors from the film, such as Sean Young as Rachael, and uses parts of the legendary film score composed by Greek musician Vangelis.
Nightdive Studios, which has been responsible for many critically acclaimed remaster projects in recent years, including sinking 64, quakeand Shadowman remastered, announced in 2020 that it would remaster Westwood’s original title and bring it to modern platforms in collaboration with Blade Runner film studio Alcon Entertainment. This announcement came alongside the release of a 4K unscaled remaster of the game’s opening sequence. Later however Blade Runner: Extended Edition has been delayed indefinitely due to technical issues that Nightdive’s CEO claimed were due to a lack of archived source code, resulting in the developer having to rebuild the game in its internal KEX engine used for earlier ones Remaster was used.
Now, after a brief appearance in Limited Run Games’ LRG3 storefront, Blade Runner: Extended Edition has returned with a release date of June 23, 2022 across all major digital storefronts. The game costs $9.99 and the Nintendo Switch file size is already confirmed at 3.7GB. For those who want a little more, the physical edition of Limited Run Games costs $34.99.
The remaster is currently touting improved graphics across the board, including reconstructed and enhanced cinematics, which now also run at 60 frames per second as opposed to the 15 frames per second originals, modern gamepad support, anisotropic texture filtering and SMAA anti-aliasing. The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions have already been confirmed to support 4K output, and the trophy and achievement lists have also gone live.
Blade Runner: Extended Edition will be released on June 23, 2022 on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One.
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