November 30, 2021

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Replicating Blade Runner: why the adventure game classic is so tough to remaster

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When Nightdive Studios announced it was working on a remaster of the beloved 1997 point-and-click adventure Blade Runner, it said the game would come out on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later in 2020. Eurogamer can reveal that won’t happen, as development on the game has run into a raft of challenges that have complicated the work.

Nightdive Studios, which is known for restoring classic games such as System Shock and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, secured a licence from Blade Runner rights holder Alcon Entertainment back in December 2019, and set to work remastering Westwood Studios’ cinematic adventure.

In September 2020, the Vancouver, Washington-based developer released a video showing off the original’s opening cutscene compared to the remastered version’s. The video didn’t go down particularly well, with some fans complaining that Blade Runner’s cool, film-like look had been lost in the upscaling process.

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