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Blade Runner 1997 adventure remaster is on the way

Published: 17:46, 12 March 2020
Updated: 18:01, 12 March 2020
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Blade Runner's depiction of 2019 Los Angeles
Blade Runner, 1997

Older players should be remembering this one fondly - Blade Runner the game, a point-and-click adventure from 1997, will be making a return on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch as well. Replicants remastered.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Blade Runner's remaster is being handled by Alcon Entertainment and Nightdive Studios. 

You may know the latter from their work on restoring System Shock and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter,  which somewhat lends the rumour some extra weight. 

The original Blade Runner was developed by Westwood Studios, who are best known for Command & Conquer series. Nevertheless, fans of point-and-click classics will surely be familiar with the game, as it is exactly that - a classic. 

Blade Runner's story follows detective Ray McCoy as he, ahem, decommissions hopefully freshly remastered replicants. The story is set in a 2019 version of Los Angeles, of which the original dev really made a gorgeous depiction. 

Interestingly, it seems that the original Blade Runner's source code was lost during studio relocation, which Nightdive confirmed. 

"We painstakingly reverse-engineered the code, importing it into our own KEX engine, a powerful tool that allows us to do console ports of classic titles, even in the face of quite challenging situations", the studio said. 

Nightdive Studios An enemy approaches in System Shock. This guy probably isn't raising his hand to ask a question.

Nightdive's CEO Stephen Kick stressed that Blade Runner is a "jaw-dropping achievement on every level", so they'll be looking to use graphics to polish the experience into something more representative of today's standards.

You can find the Nightdive's statements here .

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