While it’s not quite the 34 years Blade Runner fans had to wait for a sequel to hit movie theatres, it’s easy to forget that it took two decades for another game set in the cyberpunk franchise to see the light of day. Unfortunately however, the recent trio of Blade Runner 2049 VR experiences couldn’t hold a candle to Westwood’s PC point-and-click classic.
Now another developer is looking to recapture the neo-noir atmosphere and style of the sci-fi series with a game named straight after the sequel movie, Blade Runner 2049, which is a hero collector RPG. Wait… what?
Yep, that’s right. Next Games — the Finnish studio that recently released The Walking Dead: Our World — is working on a Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Marvel Strike Force-style collect-all-the-characters game featuring turn-based battles.
The blurb also hints at some kind of online multiplayer clan system where you band together with other players to form resistance cells to “hunt down the most wanted replicants.”
In addition, early promo images suggest there will be some detective gameplay and the opportunity to explore the neon-lit slums and decadent skyscrapers of future Los Angeles.
The game is currently in open beta (via Droid Gamers) and you can see the Play Store listing for yourself by hitting the button at the bottom of this post. Hopefully you’ll have more luck than me as currently all of my Android devices (and I have quite a few) are apparently incompatible.
To be honest, I really want to try the game for myself just so I can see how on Earth they managed to make a hero game that apparently has “hundreds of unique characters” out of a movie series that has maybe 30 named characters across the entire franchise… and that’s being generous.
Are you excited to play Blade Runner 2049, or do you think it’ll be another game that gets lost on the Play Store, like tears in the rain? Let me know in the comments!