Nightdive Studios has has released its improved edition of Blade Runner in the GOG store, replacing the fan-created version of ScummVM in the process.
This improved edition is coming a long time ago reported earlierincluding “reconstruction and suppression of original Westwood VQA videos”.
However, it replaced the fan-created version, which is now only available as an add-on, which means that it is impossible to access without first buying the edition of Nightdive Studios.
ScummVM is a fan-created program with which a group of enthusiasts diligently updated and restored the original adaptation of the 1997 adventure game of Ridley Scott’s science fiction film.
Their version was already available in the GOG store, but is now only included as part of the Enhanced Edition of Nightdive Studios.
ScummVM member Thomas Fah-Pedersen, also known as Crazy, shared his disappointment on Twitter.
“For several years, my friends and I have been lovingly designing Westwood’s Blade Runner for ScummVM, reviving the game and helping GOG release the game for sale again. That’s why we asked for and received nothing but the honor of the work, “he explained.
“Now Nightdive Studios have released their” Enhanced “version. By all accounts, it is ugly and buggy and does not offer any tangible advantages over ScummVM other than very poor console maintenance. They even forgot to credit me for the subtitles we allowed them to use.
“Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to purchase and release a digital copy of Blade Runner at ScummVM without sending money to Nightdive Studios. I’m sad to see GOG redirect our free work to just hooking up to someone’s mediocre paid product. ”
1/4 For several years, together with friends, I lovingly designed Westwood’s Blade Runner for @ScummVMrevive the game and support @GOGcom to release the game for sale again. That is why we asked for and received nothing but the honor of the work.
– Thomas Fach-Pedersen (@madmoose_dk) June 23, 2022
Eurogamer sister site Stone paper rifle published a detailed analysis of the new version, stating that it “looks 25 years old, blurry and different from itself.”
In response, fans of the game posted negative reviews for the Enhanced Edition GOG site and instead we recommend the superb version of ScummVM.
“What the …? How is that even possible? Look at the font! Look at the menus! Look at these blurred backgrounds! Look … I mean, oh my God! I can’t believe this is a final product,” reads one comment.
He continues: “Please do not waste money and time on this” Improved “joke. Get the original with the ScummVM emulator. ”
Another comment reads: “What a complete disaster. The original is one of the greatest games, mostly because of the great atmosphere. It completely removes the atmosphere, making it half as good as the original game. Complete rubbish.”
End of steamwhere the Enhanced Edition is also available, the game has a “mostly negative” rating. “This is what the original game looks like when your eyes are full of tears in the rain,” joked one reviewer.
Eurogamer contacted GOG for comment.