One of adventure gaming's long-thought lost classics is not only back, but getting a modern restoration. Nightdive Studios is working on Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, a new release of the futuristic thriller for Steam and consoles.
Originally launched in 1997 by Westwood Studios, this Blade Runner adaptation was thought to be lost to time until a re-release of it appeared on GOG in December last year. Through years and years of work, developers eventually got the adventure game working on modern systems and even uncovered lost content.
Now Nightdive, responsible for the upcoming System Shock remake and the re-release of Doom 64, is helming an "Enhanced Edition." A press release says you can expect a "polished and premium restoration," including updated character models and animations, algorithmic upscaling of cutscenes, widescreen support, and more. Nightdive also reassures that it's trying to preserve Westwood's original vision for the game, however.
"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," said Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick in a press release.
Considering the hefty work that's gone into preserving games, it's nice to see Blade Runner get the same treatment. Often considered a cult classic, Blade Runner featured a branching campaign that weaved in and out of Ridley Scott's 1982 film. It was pretty ahead of its time, and now Nightdive is giving it a little bit of a bump for modern standards.
More info will come as development continues. Nightdive Studios is currently aiming for a 2020 release on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.