Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth is a new game in development by Annapurna Interactive (Stray) set before the events of Blade Runner 2049. The developer/publisher is following up on its 2022 cyber-adventure hit with a new original story set in the Blade Runner universe. Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth marks Annapurna Interactive’s first internally developed game as Stray had been developed by Blue Twelve Studio. This time around players go back to Los Angeles after the events of the Black Out and are tasked with what to do when there are no replicants left.
From Annapurna Interactive:
“Lots of people lost things in the Blackout.
I was lucky, I just lost a job.
But now they want me back.”
From Annapurna Interactive, Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth brings the revered franchise back to games for the first time in 25 years.
Set between the original film and 2049, Blade Runner 2033 takes place after the events of the Blackout and asks: what does a Blade Runner do when there are no Replicants left to hunt?
Annapurna Interactive has not said when the game will be released but it is now available to wishlist on Steam. It is being developed for PC and consoles. Judging from the teaser trailer and early screenshots the game does not appear to be very hardware-demanding. Here’s hoping that the developer/publisher will release a well-optimized game and that it is well-received by fans of the franchise.
As indicated in the announcement this will be the first Blade Runner game in 25 years since Westwood One’s classic 1997 game. An enhanced edition of that game had been released last summer but it was not well received at launch. To date, after numerous patches, it still has very mixed reviews but is also available on Steam and can be found here.