The drama and madness surrounding the disaster Blade Runner: Extended Edition Remake continues this week. Last time we checked in they were shoppers very dissatisfied with the state of the gameand the makers of a popular and longtime fan version were stiffened by the release of this newer edition.
Now some changes have been made, at least on the Good Old Games shopfront. At the night dive improved version When it was first released, it replaced a faithful recreation of the original 1997 game that had been reverse engineered by fans, removing not only the ability to download that version but also the positive reviews (the remake, at the time of posting, has an overall rating of 1.5/5).
An attempt to fix this was made when the improved version started bundling the fan version alongside it, meaning anyone who buys the newer game gets the older one for free. But that also meant that anyone who wanted to play the fan version had to buy it improved versionby giving Nightdive the money for something they didn’t make (and possibly paying for a version of the game you didn’t even want).
This is how Good Old Games have done now Another change, this time editing the Bladerunner Store listing defaulted to the fan version, with Nightdive’s game now available separately via a dropdown menu. Both options cost the same amount of money, and that improved version still includes the fan game free, but restored the positive feedback of the older fan-made game (it’s at 4.7/5 at the time of release), and if you only want to buy this edition, you can do so now.
Since that sounds incredibly confusing, here’s what the GoG store listing actually looks like. Buy the top and you only get the fan version where the money goes Blade Runners rights holder, Alcon. Buy the second one and get both, with the money going to Nightdive.
Note that this only applies to the GoG list; on Steam the only version available is the improved version (which again includes both versions), although it wasn’t such a big deal at Valve as the fan-made game was previously only available on GoG, so it hadn’t been supplanted.