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Gearbox once held the Blade Runner license

Friday, 1st July 2011 02:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In a startling edition of What Might Have Been, Gearbox leader Randy Pitchford has revealed the developer once held the Blade Runner license. Woah.

“Blade Runner was on [the list],” Pitchford told Official PlayStation Magazine, as reported by CVG.

“We had [that license] too and we were like, ‘No, we can’t.’ That game would’ve cost like $40m to make and sold about 600,000 units – and that would have been the end of us.

“There’s no rational business model that would have allowed that to make sense. If we’d made it with a business model that did work, it would not have been the Blade Runner game we all would have wanted.”

Gearbox is currently working on another dream game based on a film license – Aliens: Colonial marines, due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in northern spring 2012.

Thanks, Shack.

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  1. blackdreamhunk

    I wuld have loved a blade runner game why did you give it ??? why???

    #1 3 years ago
  2. IL DUCE

    @1 He just told you why:

    “We had [that license] too and we were like, ‘No, we can’t.’ That game would’ve cost like $40m to make and sold about 600,000 units – and that would have been the end of us.”

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mojo

    there is a blade runner game.
    It came on 4 CDs and was absolutely great at its time.
    Guess its still great, but i dont have the cds anymore.
    i still have the package, the manual, the jewel case, even the garantuee card but not a single cd anymore -.-

    #3 3 years ago
  4. barchetta

    Yes, Westwood, God rest ‘em, made a cracking adventure game. Despite featuring a new lead, it expanded upothe film and was one of the best tie-ins I have ever played.

    Ah, but there was another BR game too. CRL made a stab at translating the movie too. Unfortunately, due to certain licensing constraints it ended up being marketed as being ‘based on the soundtrack’…… Ahem.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Prey 2 looks kind of Blade Runner-esque. Did you see the footage of that from E3?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. kupocake

    This is all very well and good, but doesn’t this mean that they sat on the license when someone more commited could have done something with it?

    Insane that they even obtained the license, when the DVD went out of print for about a decade due to licensing politics.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. barchetta

    Never got on with Prey1 tbh, demo put me right off. I seem to remember Prey2 as being touted as something of a reboot though. I’ll have to give it a look.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk

    The general consensus appears to be that Prey 2 is absolutely nothing like the original. It’s an open-world bounty-hunter-’em-up with shooting and parkour and rocket boots.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Lewis247

    “There’s no rational business model that would have allowed that to make sense. If we’d made it with a business model that did work, it would not have been the Blade Runner game we all would have wanted.”

    That’s awesome they didn’t want to fuck up a game for the series. Blade runner is by far one of my favorite movies of all time.

    While I still think it’s a gutter but ultimately true, nobody can really make a blade runner game without it selling badly or not staying true to the franchise. :(

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    We reported on this two years ago – http://www.vg247.com/2009/11/16/gearbox-rejected-chance-to-develop-blade-runner-game/

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @10: I actually remember that.

    The problem here seems to be that no matter what, a Blade Runner game will not be successful. Which is why we’re probably not going to see it a new Blade Runner game any time soon.

    To be honest, i wouldn’t have any problem seeing it in the same style as the old Blade Runner game.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    I want a new blade runner game, I disagree blade could sell if has the right game dev!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acBnLMRIAD0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mov3CuU81LM&feature=related

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    You would be wrong and thats why Gearbox didn’t do it. It wasn’t a huge hit when it was released and it wouldn’t be a huge hit now. Blade Runner has always been a niche title.

    #13 3 years ago