Hot on the heels of last week’s Firmament announcement, today Cyan teased another project in the works. 2018 is, of course, the 25th anniversary of Myst, and it looks like Cyan’s preparing...something. Hard to say what, exactly, but something.
March 17 update: There’s news, of sorts. According to a new post on myst.com, it looks like Cyan’s reacquired the rights (or at least come to some sort of licensing deal) for all of the Myst games—including Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation, the two that were developed in-house by Ubisoft and thus have been pretty much impossible to obtain (legally) for the last decade or so. From the announcement:
“As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option. But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen. With agreements in place, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be releasing updated (for Windows 10) versions of all the Myst games later this year!”
Whether these will be remasters or just versions designed to run with minimal fuss on Windows 10, no word yet. There’s also some sort of Collector’s Edition in the works too—specifically “a physical collection in a unique package with a cool artifact.” Look for more details on that at some point in the future.
Exciting. We’re due to meet with Cyan next week at GDC to check out their new VR title Firmament, and hey, maybe we’ll get some details about this project also. Stay tuned.
Original story from March 7 below:
On Wednesday afternoon Cyan’s Twitter account sent out a series of messages in the familiar handwriting of Myst mainstay Atrus. The message, in its entirety: “Perhaps the ending has not yet been written...” This was then followed up by a shot of the Myst Island linking book, a pen, and a sticky note with “25” on it, underlined. Here, take a look:
There was also a link to myst.com, which took upwards of five minutes for me to load—apparently a lot of people are pretty excited. Once I got through though...oh, it was the same thing. Same message about the ending, same image of the linking book, and then a form for a mailing list.
Which is to say: There aren’t any details about what, if anything, Cyan has planned. The most obvious hypothesis is another Myst remaster. Myst: Masterpiece Edition released in 2000, and while still available on Steam and GOG.com it can also be pretty unstable on modern-era machines. An update, maybe with a new chapter or world tacked on (to explain today’s “ending” message), would be welcome. A new realMyst is a bit less likely given that realMyst: Masterpiece Edition just released in 2015—but hey, who knows.
Myst III and IV have been unavailable (legally) for years now, so next theory on the list is a re-release of those. Not necessarily outlandish to think about.
Then there are the really wild theories, like development of a Myst VI. Given Cyan’s current stature I’d be hard-pressed to believe a Myst VI was secretly in development at the same time as Firmament—but again, who knows. Maybe Obduction convinced a publisher to take a risk there.
In any case, it’s an intriguing tease. I’ve reached out to Cyan to see if anyone will divulge more, and we’ll keep you updated if indeed there’s anything else to divulge. Until then, let the theories fly.