Blade Runner Game from the 90’s Getting Remastered #SciFiSaturday
Blade Runner is, of course, awesome. Synths. Replicants. Rutger Hauer. The greatest quasi-improvised screen monologue of all time. The classic tech noir has had many video games over the years, but 1997’s Blade Runner PC Game may be the most beloved, and it’s going to be remastered. The story of how the Blade Runner game came to be available for an update is as wild as famously troubled production of the movie. Here’s more on what future past Los Angeles will look like in high def from Engadget:
[The game was] developed by Command & Conquer creator Westwood Studios. In a 2015 interview, Louis Castle, the co-founder of Westwood, said the studio lost the game’s source code when it moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Castle added a remake would cost millions of dollars as a result. Due to legal and intellectual property issues, it became impossible to buy the game legally in recent years. It was also challenging to get it to run on modern PC hardware. However, thanks to GOG and about eight years of work by dedicated fans, the game became available again late last year.
“We painstakingly reverse-engineered the code, importing it into our own KEX engine, a powerful tool that allows us to do console ports of classic titles, even in the face of quite challenging situations,” Larry Kuperman, the head of business development at Nightdive, told The Hollywood Reporter.
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