Blade Runner Makes Digital Debut on GOG.COM: The Westwood 3D Adventure Returns!
Relive Los Angeles A.D. 2019… in 2019
On October 11, 2019, a new version of ScummVM was released (2.1.0). The code name? Electric Sheep. The significance of this was high, as it finally brought the classic Westwood Studios 3D adventure game Blade Runner to modern operating systems, but you had to source the original game discs and copy over the needed files to make it work. Until today.
GOG.COM has released Blade Runner for the first time in digital form, and thanks to the community effort that brought it to ScummVM this 22-year-old Windows 95 CD-ROM game is now playable on Windows (7, 8, 10), Linux (Ubuntu 18.04), and Mac OS (10.11+), and DRM-free as usual from GOG.
“Blade Runner remained in legal limbo for almost two decades but now returns thanks to Alcon Interactive Group and GOG.COM, the DRM-free digital storefront specializing in preserving classic PC games. This return also wouldn’t be possible without the community behind ScummVM (a program that allows you to run certain classic point-and-click adventure games) and their update for the engine that makes it possible to play Blade Runner on modern operating systems.”
If you are not familiar with the storyline (this is not a retelling of the 1982 film, as you play a different Blade Runner within the same world – and department – as Decker), GOG.COM offers this description:
“In Blade Runner, it’s November 2019 – the future as seen in the 1982 classic sci-fi movie by Ridley Scott. You take the role of detective Ray McCoy. Armed with your investigative skills and futuristic tools, you must roam the dark, rainy streets of Los Angeles in pursuit of androids gone rogue. Finding these so-called “replicants” proves to be a difficult task as they look and behave almost exactly like real people. Faced with growing moral dilemmas, McCoy will soon have to answer questions about his own humanity.
The game features over 100 noir-style interactive environments, including sets from the original movie. Its non-linear story creates a unique experience every time you play, and an ambient, multi-track audio mixes cuts from the original Blade Runner movie soundtrack.
For its debut GOG.COM has given the game a 10% discount during their annual Winter Sale, and it is currently selling for $8.99 in the USA.
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