As a result, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has been launched.
The remaster of the groundbreaking point-and-click PC adventure from 1997, which ended with development difficulties two years ago, is now available on Steam and the Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation marketplaces. Nightdive Studios defended in March 2020 that it was updating the Westwood Studios sci-fi narrative, but in October of that year, studio head Stephen Kick acknowledged that developers had not discovered 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''s sequel, and Forsaken Remastered. It is still working 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 concept. As the all-new character Ray McCoy, players will be tasked with creating rogue replicants from the same cast of characters each playthrough, but who was human and who was synthetic would change. With branching story paths and multiple endings, Blade Runner was anything but linear, and much more replayable than other point-and-click narratives of the day.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition promises frame rates of 60 fps (15 fps was the original), along with a better in-game Knowledge Integration Assistant and a customizable user interface to help drive the story. The PC version also supports gamepads (as do the console versions, however). The game is $9.99 on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo stores.
Blade Runner was the best adventure game of the year for PC Gamer and the Computer Gaming World in 1998.