The Morning After: A remastered version of 1997’s ‘Blade Runner’ game finally arrives

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Yes, Juul e-cigarettes are banned in the US, but we discussed that yesterday. But what is vaping like? Replicants and 80s sci-fi? Maybe not, but Nightdive Studios has finally released Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for Windows PCs (via Steam), PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox consoles. The modernized version runs at 60 frames per second instead of the original’s 15 fps, complete with updated animations and models. Back then, Westwood’s 1997 game pushed the boundaries of graphics and gameplay. Instead of the usually fixed plot, Blade Runner changed the replicants and people with each playthrough while offering branching storylines.

Rather than relying on 2D art or raw 3D, the title used voxels (pixels with 3D attributes), which gave much more visual detail for the era, including volumetric lighting. Think of it as the ray tracing of 90s gaming. However, this choice of graphics technology made for a challenging remaster, as it didn’t play well with graphics cards and when the source code was lost in an office move. It might not look as good for those who played the unlicensed version, but hey, at least it works on your Switch.

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