Nightdive Studios has partnered with Alcon Entertainment will be releasing a modern restoration of the classic 1997 video game Blade Runner later this year for Xbox One.
Blade Runner was originally released in 1997 and was praised for its in game design and painstaking recreation of the sci-fi cinematic masterpiece. Nightdive Studios is handling the remastering duties; Nightdive has previously worked on System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and Forsaken Remastered.
Additionally, the developer will also add foreign-language translations such as German, French, Italian, and Chinese. Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will feature updated character models and animations, upscaled cutscenes using machine learning algorithms, widescreen resolution support; among other improvements. Nightdive is making sure that the original look and feel of the game is being preserved.
Here’s what Nightdive CEO, Stephen Kick, had to say:
“Blade Runner is still a jaw-dropping achievement on every level, so while we’re using KEX to upgrade the graphics and respectfully elevate the gaming experience in a way you’ve never seen before, we’re still preserving Westwood’s vision and gameplay in all its glory. 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.”