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Blade Runner 2049 is getting its own 'authentic' mobile game
Thu, 15th Jun 2017
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Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the Blade Runner series might be capturing the talk (and nerves) of movie buffs this year - but game developer Next Games is taking the blockbuster to the next level.

The company is teaming up with Alcon Entertainment to make a mobile game and from comments made by Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen, they might be staying fairly true to the 'original property'.

The Blade Runner 2049 film has Ridley Scott at the helm as producer, but director Denis Villeneuve at the helm. The second film is set 30 years after the original. Harrison Ford will return, but there's a new blade runner at the helm: Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling.

While it's not clear exactly what the game will include (and who has been looped in to do voices), Next Games has been behind a number of major mobile games including The Walking Dead: No Man's Land. It was based on the AMC series, The Walking Dead.

“We are thrilled to work on Blade Runner, a true pop culture icon. We are determined to deliver on Blade Runner's unique themes and vision of the future," Huuhtanen says.

"Both we and Alcon Entertainment value mobile games that are authentic and true to the original property. Our partnership is a confirmation of Next Games' mission to redefine the way entertainment franchises can be transformed into, and enhanced by, highly engaging mobile games enjoyed by millions of fans globally.

Alcon Entertainment is one of the major production companies behind the Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 films.

It also has a few accolades under its belt for film and production, including My Dog Skip, P.S. I Love You, The Expanse and music documentary The Defiant Ones.

Meanwhile, fans have to wait until October before Blade Runner 2049 is unveiled in cinemas.