The release Blade Runner: Advanced Edition on Nintendo Switch in June should have been celebrated. Instead, it became a living nightmare for the whole team at Nightdive Studios.
In a recent interview with PCGamesNThe company’s director of business development, Larry Kuperman, spoke in great detail about how this much-anticipated point-and-click adventure game, originally released by Westwood in 1997, went from excitement to disaster. :
“The responsibility for the release date and looking back, not changing the starting date is on me. let’s be a really fun thing to do for the fans.”
He further described the game’s state at launch as a “perfect storm” of challenges facing the studio prior to release. Some members of the QA team are resting, others are recovering from Covid, and others are in the process of moving. He believes these “people problems” have made the studio better:
“If someone thinks there’s ever been a decision, that we sit around the table and say we’re going to ship a game that’s not up to our Nightdive standards – for economic reasons, for indifference from On our side, or any of that – that didn’t happen… The root cause of this happening a lot was human problems. And I can’t say that if we push it out for a couple of months things will get better. We may have had a monkeypox epidemic. These are just things that happen.”
Enhanced Edition’s lead producer, Dimitris Giannakis, further describes the launch as “the death of a thousand cuts”:
“We had a lot of little things that upset people or upset people about the game. I wouldn’t say there are any major galleries – we’ve heard feedback about things like, ‘we don’t like the border you have, can we turn it off?’ Or “there is no brightness setting in the game, can we have that?”
Fortunately, Nightdive has been working around the clock to improve the state of the game across all platforms – with the studio rolling out the original version of the game following poor reception for the remake. The the game has also received a sizable patch – fixed a bunch of options and also added some improvements.
Another patch is also currently in the works – with Nightdive aiming to add features like conversion options for original and enhanced video, as well as improvements to the user interface, menus and more. .
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