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]


    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?

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

    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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