And as usual, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has been launched.
The remaster of the groundbreaking point-and-click PC adventure from 1997, which erupted two years ago, is now available on Steam and the Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation platforms. In March 2020, studio chief Stephen Kick acknowledged that developers had not realized the number of character models in the game, all of which would require remastering. TBD launch window for Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition
Nightdive has previously remastered System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok: Dinosaur Hunterand its sequel, and Forsaken Remastered. It is still at work on System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition.
Blade Runner may have been a point-and-click adventure, but the game really pushed the boundaries of that label. Despite its wide variety of character traits, players would be tasked with uncovering rogue replicants from the same population of characters each playthrough, but who was human and who was synthetic would change. Blade Runner was anything but linear, with multiple endings and branching story paths.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has frame rates of 60 fps (15 fps was the original), with an improved, in-game Knowledge Integration Assistant and a clue user interface to assist drive the story. The PC version supports gamepads (although the console versions vary) and costs $9.99 in Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo stores.
Blade Runner was a recipient of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences for its best adventure game of the year, atant the winner for the PC Gamer and the Computer Gaming World.