Classic Adventure Game Based on Ridley Scott’s Science Fiction Epic Available Now on PC and Consoles
Vancouver, WA (June 23, 2022) – In celebration of Blade Runner‘s 40th anniversary, independent video game publisher and remaster studio Nightdive Studios, in partnership with Alcon Interactive, a subdivision of Alcon Entertainment, today announced that Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, the highly-anticipated modern restoration of the classic 1997 video game, has digitally launched for Windows PC and PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch consoles. An exclusive console physical release from Limited Run Games is also available for pre-order.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition arrives on modern gaming platforms just in time to celebrate the anniversary of when the iconic science fiction film debuted 40 years ago — which was on June 25, 1982.
Originally released in 1997 by Westwood Studios, Blade Runner was one of its era’s most innovative adventure games. Long praised as a masterclass in game design for its painstaking recreation of the sci-fi cinematic masterpiece, the game delivered an unforgettable gaming experience with groundbreaking graphics, an original musical score, and an original branching narrative seamlessly interwoven with the events of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film.
Becoming widely available to a whole new generation of gamers worldwide, fans of the cult adventure game can enjoy a polished and premium restoration with the original Westwood videos reconstructed and upscaled to 4K resolution and 60 FPS, along with a variety of new features such as modern HD display, keyboard and gamepad support, and a new KIA clue interface. Nightdive has also sourced the original foreign-language translations, offering international fans the game in Spanish, German, French, and Italian, as well as Chinese subtitles — just as Westwood intended.
In 2011 Alcon Entertainment secured film, television, and ancillary franchise rights to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller Blade Runner. Since the acquisition, Alcon has produced the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning feature Blade Runner 2049 starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and directed by Denis Villeneuve, as well as Blade Runner Black Lotus, an anime series for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition was made possible by Nightdive’s proprietary KEX game engine, which has restored a growing library of classic video games including System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood, and Shadow Man: Remastered. Renowned for its expertise in video game restorations, fans can expect Nightdive’s KEX-powered remaster to honor the original look and feel of the seminal 1997 game.
“Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has been a labor of love for the Nightdive team, and one of our most requested and revered titles yet,” said Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick. “We’re excited to finally share our game with fans; we expect that they’ll be very pleased.”
Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who is co-producing the game alongside Nightdive and Alcon Interactive Group, brokered the partnership to bring Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition to fans. No stranger to the franchise, LeFavi is the producer and setting writer of the upcoming Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game from Free League Publishing, as well as the producer of The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, Alcon’s art book for Denis Villeneuve’s film sequel in 2017.
Alongside the digital launch of Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, the boxed video game retailer Limited Run Games has launched a physical Standard and physical Collector’s Edition of Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.
ABOUT NIGHTDIVE STUDIOS
Based in Vancouver, Washington, Nightdive Studios is a dedicated team of industry veterans committed to restoring the classic PC game titles of the past and making them accessible to a new generation of gamers. Hit titles from Nightdive Studios include System Shock 2, System Shock Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Shadowman Remastered, and PowerSlave Exhumed. The team is currently working on the remake of System Shock with an expected release date of 2022. More info can be found at the company’s website at www.nightdivestudios.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/NightDiveStudios or via Twitter at @NightDiveStudio.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Alcon has financed and produced or co-financed and co-produced 35 films to date including the Academy Award Best Picture nominee The Blind Side; the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford which won 2 Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects and received an additional 3 nominations; The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; and many others. Alcon is currently in post-production on Lullaby, the horror feature from director John R. Leonetti (Annabelle).
Alcon Television Group’s latest projects include season six of the critically acclaimed epic space series The Expanse which airs on Amazon Prime Video and boasts a 100% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes; the animated children’s series Pete the Cat, a co-production with Amazon Studios based on the best-selling children’s book series currently available on the streaming service; and Blade Runner – Black Lotus, an anime series developed in partnership with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll inspired by Alcon’s Oscar-winning feature Blade Runner 2049.
Past projects for Alcon Television Group include the Grammy award-winning and 5-time Emmy-nominated HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones which chronicled the divergent roots and unlikely partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The Company’s first co-production was the Emmy-nominated documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All for HBO from Oscar winning director Alex Gibney. The intimate portrait of Sinatra as a singer, actor, father, husband, and philanthropist remains one of HBO’s most successful shows in the 50+ demographic.
ABOUT GENUINE ENTERTAINMENT
Genuine is a leading producer, brand manager, and pop cultural consiglieri of best-selling, award-winning stories, games, and unabashed geekery for beloved entertainment brands. A genre expert in IP management and corporate development across all corners of pop culture, we specialize in growing franchises and fandoms in strategic markets through authentic adaptations, meaningful partnerships, and premium licensing & merchandising programs alongside best-in-class partners. Growing a high-profile portfolio of top licensors and licensees alike, our credits and collabs include the Alien RPG; the Altered Carbon RPG; the upcoming Blade Runner video game and tabletop RPG; The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 art book; the Batman: Everybody Lies tabletop game series; the master tabletop gaming programs for The Dragon Prince and Dune franchises; the Hello Neighbor party game; the Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals card game; the North American licensing & merchandising program for WEBTOON; and the World of Darkness comic book program. Come play at genuineent.com.