they are remastering one of my favorite adventure games of all time

Jdawg

Commodore
Bladerunner game came out in 97 and it was made by westwood studios and it is one of my favorite games of all time. The source code was lost a long time ago but a dev team has reversed engineered it and are making a remastered version. GOG has just released the original game on their platform. It has sold really well so I think that is why this remaster is happening, here is the article


After it is released would anyone be interested in doing a play along of the game.
 

Pedro

Admiral
I think they mean the news is exclusive to them.
I adore that game; still amazing to me no one kept the source code in that era.
 

Panther1.0

Ensign
I've missed that game, never played, gameplay looks good, just found it now on you-tube...
 
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st3lt3k

Rear Admiral
Nighdive CEO talks about problems tracking down Blade Runner game IP owners

" [...] the greatest challenge at the time was tracking down anyone from the Blade Runner Partnership, which was the group of people initially responsible for producing the film. Over the first few years, I had no luck until finally, a real estate listing appeared for Bud Yorkin’s home. Bud was the head of the Partnership so I decided to give the real estate agent a call, explain what I was trying to accomplish, and see if they were willing to make an introduction. To my immense joy, they made the intro and later that week I had a call with Bud’s wife, Cynthia, to discuss the game. Unfortunately, all of this took place a few weeks before Blade Runner 2049 was announced and this essentially reset the work we had done, as the rights to the franchise were sold to Alcon Entertainment. Finally, a few years after the movie was released we secured a deal that would see the Blade Runner adventure game see the light of day. It took seven years to make this happen and it was worth every second."

https://techraptor.net/gaming/interview/nightdive-studios-blade-runner-enhanced-edition
 

st3lt3k

Rear Admiral
Nightdive Studios provided a cinematic update
To me, the After (4K and 60 FPS) looks much better than the Before (VGA and 15 FPS) but it's not as dramatic as the WCIV upgrades I've seen on this forum 🙀
 

ODVS

Chief Petty Officer
I'm also a massive fan of this game - I sank so many hours into it when I was a teenager!

Just to see what would happen, I ran part of the Blade Runner intro FMV through my Wing Commander III AI Remaster workflow (modified to increase frame rate to 60fps), to see how it compared to the work Nightdive Studios are doing.

I feel they've been a bit overzealous with the image smoothing, but I can see why they did it. That level of over-smoothing isn't present in my workflow, but it does mean that more of the pixellated edges and other compression come through in my remaster. I just pushed this through quickly to see what would happen, though - it's by no means meant to be competition for the fantastic work they're doing :^)

 

st3lt3k

Rear Admiral
Well done ODVS! I kind of like some pixellation.

I'm amazed at how good the remastering technologies are and how remastering can be done by skilled individuals (not just universities with rooms of supercomputers). Here's 1937's Hindenburg disaster at 1080p with added color by Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Experience the terrible Hindenburg disaster in this upscaled and colorized version. The original film footage has been upscaled using video enhance Gigapixel AI, and colorized using DeOldify.
 

Jdawg

Commodore
I've missed that game, never played, gameplay looks good, just found it now on you-tube...
I will say this it's not like most Adventure games there's no real inventory or putting different objects together. it's more about detective work, clues and using intuition. it's like a real game version of a Telltale Game because there's a lot more gameplay than a Telltale Game if that makes sense. Also the game randomizes who is a replicant and who is human every time you start a new game so there's something like 17 or 18 different endings so that makes it a lot more interesting.

The game is short though I mean after you know what you're doing you can get through it in probably 4 to 6 hours, for your first playthrough maybe 8 to 12 hrs.
 

st3lt3k

Rear Admiral
It looks like it's going to be delayed. From an interview in Eurogamer, Replicating Blade Runner: why the adventure game classic is so tough to remaster

In an interview with Eurogamer, Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick confirmed Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, as it's called, now carries a "TBD" release date.

"There have been some obstacles we've had to overcome in terms of the old technology the game uses," Kick said. "And our hunt for the original source code and assets have come up empty."
 

ODVS

Chief Petty Officer
From the article:

Kick said the developers will probably end up dropping the enhanced edition from 60fps to 30fps, so it looks more like a movie, and then add a film grain. "It'll be smooth and it'll look nice, but it'll still have that kind of underlying grit to it, that the original had."

I feel vindicated in my choices for the Wing Commander HD FMV packs 😝
 

Jdawg

Commodore
From the article:

Kick said the developers will probably end up dropping the enhanced edition from 60fps to 30fps, so it looks more like a movie, and then add a film grain. "It'll be smooth and it'll look nice, but it'll still have that kind of underlying grit to it, that the original had."

I feel vindicated in my choices for the Wing Commander HD FMV packs 😝
more so than a re master, I just want all the cut content put back in. A lot has been put back but not everything
 

Pedro

Admiral
From the article:

Kick said the developers will probably end up dropping the enhanced edition from 60fps to 30fps, so it looks more like a movie, and then add a film grain. "It'll be smooth and it'll look nice, but it'll still have that kind of underlying grit to it, that the original had."

I feel vindicated in my choices for the Wing Commander HD FMV packs 😝

They are focused on retro games. I wouldn’t be even slightly surprised if your packs led to their decision.
 
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