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The Blade Runner point and click adventure originally released in 1997 is being restored and remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. Created by Westwood Studios, the team behind the original Command & Conquer games, the source code for the game was lost when the studio merged with EA Los Anegeles. Step in Nightdive studios and production company Alcon Entertainment who have managed to remake the game with some technical trickery.
“It’s true that the original Blade Runner source code was lost,” Larry Kuperman, head of business development at Nightdive told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
“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,” adds 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.”
The new version of the game features a “polished and premium restoration” with updated animations, cut scenes and character models, wide screen support and all the original foreign language translations which include German, French, Italian and Chinese.
The plot of the game runs in parallel to that of the original film and features Ray McCoy, a Blade Runner hunting down replicants. Here is a look at the original version of the game,
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is set to launch later this year.