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.