BloodRayne Remasters gets console release date
Majesco Entertainment and Terminal Reality released original BloodRayne in 2002 to a generally positive reception. However, the third-person action-horror franchise was effectively dead in 2011. Appropriately for a game about vampires, however, new publisher Ziggurat Interactive is trying to resurrect BloodRayne.
Ziggurat just announced the release date for the BloodRayne: Revamped and BloodRayne 2: Revamped re-releases. Both games are on their way to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and will be available on November 18. For those who missed it for the first time or just need a refresher, BloodRayne is an action horror game set in the late 1930s. Follow the titular half-vampire Rayne, who travels the world to prevent the Nazis discover a supernatural artifact. It was followed by BloodRayne 2, which takes place 60 years later and follows Rayne's quest to stop a vampire conspiracy from taking over the world. The franchise also has a 2D sequel / spin-off called BloodRayne: Betrayal that was released in 2011.
Last year, Ziggurat Interactive acquired the franchise and relaunched the first two games for Windows PC with the subtitle Terminal Cut. The publisher is now bringing both games to modern consoles thanks to developer Big Boat Interactive. It will be available via digital download, with a limited run of physical copies for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Notably, this will be the first time the sequel has been released on a Nintendo console.
It's also worth specifying that BloodRayne: Revamped and BloodRayne 2: Revamped are updated re-releases rather than full remasters. The re-releases include enhanced cinematics and audio enhancements, text localization, textures, lighting, reflections, and other effects. Both games will also support 4K resolution on supported platforms. However, the game engines and 3D models still look fundamentally the same. Therefore, gamers shouldn't expect a modern or even state-of-the-art level of graphical fidelity. It's arguably more of a "how do you remember" remastering of sorts than an attempt to modernize the game entirely.
Colorado-based Ziggurat Interactive specializes in re-releasing old games, though BloodRayne is the most prominent member of their catalog. In 2020, the publisher expressed plans to continue the series after re-releasing the existing titles. A recent interview suggested the possibility of WayForward developing a BloodRayne 4, although Ziggurat has yet to announce any such game. The publisher can expect BloodRayne: Revamped and BloodRayne 2: Revamped to help reintroduce the series before committing to a new installment.