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Uru lives again as Cyan to restore Myst Online

While many beloved game franchises are lost to greed or neglect (and we all know one or ten), Myst Online is certainly not one of them. According to a recent report on SpokesmanReview.com, Cyan Worlds has now regained the rights to its online multiplayer adventure from GameTap, and intends to launch the game again on its own servers.

The latest chapter in the ongoing Uru saga comes with no promises of new developer content, but for the first time in the series' history, the plan is to open Myst Online to user-created content and environments. Where such an initiative will lead is unclear even to Cyan, but at the very least, players will once again have access to the existing D'ni worlds with full freedom to explore and interact with fellow adventurers.

This revival does come with a cost, however, as Myst Online will reportedly include a small fee of "perhaps" $25 every six months. Such a fee will go towards server operation and maintenance rather than ongoing development or even a profit for the company.

There is no firm target for the re-launch of Myst Online just yet, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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Latest comments (2 total)

Hi all,
On story, the answer is “maybe, a little bit, sorf of”.  Some fans don’t want to just make lovely worlds, they want to make worlds that tell a story, a story within the Uru universe.

There is a thread on the Mystonline forums which talks about guidelines for fan ages - what kind of age can you make, what kind of story can you tell?  Look in the forum “General Discussions Spoiler Free”, then the first sticky - “Guidelines for Official Story/Age Creation”.  I’m warning you, if you aren’t someone who’s really into the universe of Uru, this is going to be more minutia than you are ever going to to want to read.  If you are into the world, and want to know what kinds of stories people can tell, with the ages they make - then it’s a good read.

So, if fan content gets added to Uru, there would also be fan stories, stories that don’t contract the world view.  That’s how it would be for now.  Of course, long time Uru supporters want the game to come back, eventually, with lots more Cyan content.

On the comeback - yes, I think this is a good development for Uru.  It appears to be a manageable effort, on the part of Cyan.  I like it because Cyan doesn’t appear to be promising more than can deliver.  I think of it as a nice little experiment.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

mszv

Jul 12, 2008

I’m glad to see it happening, as it seems like a manageable direction for everyone involved. I think it remains to be seen if there will even be an ongoing storyline, though, or at least one that’s overseen by Cyan. My impression is that it’s really just the game world being provided, dependent on user-created content if it’s to become more than a cool world to hang out and socialize.

Jul 2, 2008

That’s great to hear!  It will be interesting to see what happens with the big story line.  I think that’s what was difficult getting involved in the game later down the line; you felt like you had missed out on way too much.

Jul 1, 2008
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