Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will be released on Steam tomorrow, according to an updated listing on Valve’s storefront that now shows a planned release date of June 23 for the new title. As indicated by its label, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is an improved version of Westwood Studios’ 1997 classic point-and-click adventure that includes a handful of visual improvements, including anisotrophic texture filtering, SMMA anti-aliasing, higher frame rates for cinematics (15 FPS to 60 FPS), tweaks for HD displays, and support for modern gamepads. The game is set in the same world as Ridley Scott’s 1982 film but serves as a sidequel that features a canonical branching narrative and its own original musical score. Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition will reportedly launch at a price of just $9.99, while physical editions of the game with various collectibles (e.g., replica blaster in a shadow box) can be pre-ordered from Limited Run Games, a premium publisher of physical games.
“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,” said Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick in a press release from December 2020 that confirmed Nightdive had partnered with Alcon Entertainment to deliver an enhanced version of the game for Steam and consoles. “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.”
Westwood Studios, the company that brought Real-Time to strategy games with Command & Conquer, brings Real-Time to adventure games with the science fiction classic, Blade Runner.
Armed with your investigative skills and the tools of the Blade Runner trade, you’ll be immersed in a world that lives and breathes around you with breakthrough lighting and visual effects. Your ability to survive will be put to the test in the richest game environment ever created.
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