Nightdive Studios has been put in charge of restoring the original 1997 point-and-click adventure game, Blade Runner. They’re working in collaboration with Alcon Entertainment to turn the sci-fu, cyberpunk game into an enhanced edition for home consoles and PC.
Windows Central picked up the news from over on the Hollywood Reporter, who revealed that the game was currently in development with a scheduled release set for 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
Nightdive and Alcon will be responsible for reviving Westwood Studios’ highly celebrated game, which starred blade runner Ray McCoy as he attempted to hunt down replicants with extreme prejudice after they went rogue.
Westwood managed to capture the essence of Ridley Scott’s film with impeccable clarity at the time.
It’s a shame we don’t get games like that these days, especially given that despite sharing a likeness to the late singer Prince, Ray McCoy was still a straight white male; a dying breed of heroes in today’s gaming industry.
Anyway, the game utilized fixed camera angles and saw McCoy scouring the city for the whereabouts of the renegade replicants.
Much like other point-and-click titles, you could interact with NPCs, examine objects within the environment, and gain further insight into Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi universe as visualized by Ridley Scott through exploration and adventuring.
I’m not holding my breath for this remaster being all that great given that Nightdive Studios was supposed to deliver System Shock Remake but failed miserably. They also claimed to be working on a System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition last year in September, but details on that project have been scant as well.
Given their many promises and few deliveries, I would wait before getting any hopes up about Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition actually making it to the market.
(Thanks for the news tip Guardian EvaUnit02)