The new Blade Runner Enhanced Edition’s cutscenes are looking way better than the original’s.
We’re still waiting on a release date for Nightdive Studios’ latest project, a remastered version of the original 1997 adventure game Blade Runner. Called Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, Nightdive will take the original source code and pass it through its proprietary KEX Engine to turn it into something that resembles a modern video game.
Whereas the original game would have been lucky to render its cutscenes at 15 fps on 640×480 resolution, Blade Runner Enhanced Edition will hit a full 60 fps at beautiful 4K.
Don’t believe us? Then take a look at Blade Runner’s latest trailer and see for yourself.
The trailer shows a side-by-side comparison between the original Blade Runner and Enhanced Edition’s version. The difference between the two is stark in more ways than one.
To start, there’s the resolution. You can pick out every pixel on the original 1997 game, but that task is much harder on Enhanced Edition’s 4K graphics. It’s also much smoother at 60 fps. Although the animations themselves aren’t particularly impressive (mostly due to being retained from the original game), the fact that they’re not jittering puppets is a big upgrade.
Those character models also feature improved textures over the originals. Nightdive even went so far as to resync the sounds with the animations so the mouth movements better line up.
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There are a few sections in the trailer where Enhanced Edition seems to dip below 60 fps, but those are few and far between and are still a vast improvement over the original game.
Besides the fancy graphics update, Nightdive plans to add widescreen support as well as keyboard and controller customization options to Blade Runner Enhanced Edition when it eventually releases sometime in 2020.
We still don’t have a specific release date, and Nightdive is running out of 2020 to release in. When Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition does release, it’ll be on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
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