Fans of Westwood’s classic 1997 Blade Runner adventure game will have to wait to play its Enhanced Edition rerelease. The remaster had been slated to come out later this year, but it’s now delayed until at the earliest 2021. In an interview with Eurogamer, Stephen Kick, the CEO of Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition developer Nightdive Studios, said the title now carries a “TBD” release date.
Blade Runner is a classic adventure game from 1997. The game takes place in the same universe as Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 movie, and around the same time in the Blade Runner universe. The game tells the side-story of Ray McCoy as he hunts down replicants and even crosses paths with some of the characters from the original movie.
Nightdive has found that remastering Blade Runner is a lot more complicated than most other games. There are the kind of complications you might expect, like the rights to the game changing hands to EA in 1998 and the company being reticent to hand over some of the original files. But, there are also other issues about the way the game was originally made. For one thing, the game was pretty expansive for 1997 and had to be aggressively compressed to even make it onto the several discs it came with in its original release.