Nightdive Studios, the remaster experts behind System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Shadow Man: Remastered, Turok, and many more, has some super exciting news to share today!
The highly-anticipated Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition — a remastered version of the classic adventure game that takes place during the events of the original 1982 Ridley Scott film — is now digitally available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and Nintendo Switch! Limited Run Games has also launched special physical editions of the game for consoles.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition arrives on modern gaming platforms just in time to celebrate the anniversary of when the iconic science fiction film debuted 40 years ago — which was on June 25th, 1982.
Originally released in 1997 by Westwood Studios, Blade Runner was one of its era’s most innovative adventure games. Long praised as a masterclass in game design for its painstaking recreation of the sci-fi cinematic masterpiece, the game delivered an unforgettable gaming experience with groundbreaking graphics, an original musical score, and an original branching narrative seamlessly interwoven with the events of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film.
Becoming widely available to a whole new generation of gamers worldwide, fans of the cult adventure game can enjoy a polished and premium restoration with the original Westwood videos reconstructed and upscaled to 4K resolution and 60 FPS, along with a variety of new features such as modern HD display, keyboard and gamepad support, and a new KIA clue interface. Nightdive has also sourced the original foreign-language translations, offering international fans the game in Spanish, German, French, and Italian, as well as Chinese subtitles — just as Westwood intended.
In 2011 Alcon Entertainment secured film, television, and ancillary franchise rights to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller Blade Runner. Since the acquisition, Alcon has produced the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning feature Blade Runner 2049 starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and directed by Denis Villeneuve, as well as Blade Runner Black Lotus, an anime series for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition was made possible by Nightdive’s proprietary KEX game engine, which has restored a growing library of classic video games including System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and Shadow Man: Remastered. Renowned for its expertise in video game restorations, fans can expect Nightdive’s KEX-powered remaster to honor the original look and feel of the seminal 1997 game.
Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who is co-producing the game alongside Nightdive and Alcon Interactive Group, brokered the partnership to bring Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition to fans. No stranger to the franchise, LeFavi is the producer and setting writer of the upcoming Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game from Free League Publishing, as well as the producer of The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, Alcon’s art book for Denis Villeneuve’s film sequel in 2017.