Gearbox Could've Made A Blade Runner Game, But It Didn't Want To Go Out Of Business

The studio behind Borderlands, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever once had an opportunity to make a Blade Runner game. It passed, its founders say, just like it passed on the planned video game version of Michael Mann's Heat.

Gearbox Software co-founder Randy Pitchford tells the UK Official PlayStation Magazine, by way of CVG, that it had designs on making a new Blade Runner game—the last was Westwood's 1997 point and click adventure—but to actually do so would have sunk the company.

"That game would've cost like $US40 [million]to make and sold about 600,000 units - and that would have been the end of us," Pitchford says. "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."

Thankfully, the studio is still afloat, working on its long-announced Aliens shooter and the recently revealed Brothers In Arms: Furious 4.

Sorry, Blade Runner fans, you're going to have to settle for the Hollywood sequel or prequel, which the movie's producers are still figuring out.

Pitchford: Blade Runner game 'would've been the end of Gearbox' [CVG]


Comments

    Maybe they should have... I'm sensing that Furious 4 will be the death of them now!

    And what reason would have made this game so expensive???
    I love Blade Runner but I personally think its more suited to a XBLA or PSN title than a full blockbuster game.

    Why are you reposting old news?

    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/11/gearbox-said-nothankyou-jpg-to-a-blade-runner-game/

    Dear Gearbox. Please don't ruin any more of my childhood

    Sincerely,
    Everyone who held out hope for DNF.

      Loved dnf.

    Why even bother making a Blade Runner game? Gearbox is an action dev, while Blade Runner is essentially a futuristic cop procedural peppered with some moments of violence. It would have been completely unsuitable.

    And Heat? I don't know about you, but that movie had hardly the amount of shooting it was later famed for. One of the best scenes was the quiet diner sequence.

    I love Bladerunner. It should be left alone. Make something *inspired* by Bladerunner and I'll buy 2 copies.

    Stay away from Bladerunner itself. That is all. :-P

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