The demake only covers some parts of the whole game, but it does give players access to 10 hunter weapons they can use to slay enemies — some even slow down the game’s frame rate as one would expect to happen on a real PS1 title. As Polygon notes, Walther posted updates about the undertaking on Twitter for over 13 months, including one wherein she revealed that the music creator for the project remade the Cleric Beast boss music using a real Roland SC-88 Pro for authenticity.
Bloodborne, a game known for being infamously tough to beat, was published for the PlayStation 4 in 2015 with updated graphics and aesthetics. Over the last 13 months, though, game programmer Lilith Walther has built a version of the game that looks like it was launched for the original PlayStation in the 1990s. The Victorian metropolis of Yharnam is reimagined in Bloodborne PSX’s graphical style, which is prevalent in games from that platform period. A generation of players who used to play on the PlayStation 1 will recognise the blocky and pixelated visuals with the colourful health bars.
Bloodborne PSX is now available as a free download for Windows PC. Players can use a keyboard and a mouse for controls, but they can also dust off their old PS1 controllers and use that instead. Those interested can get a glimpse of the demake below. All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.