Product Watch: Tastier Than Mud Pie - The Myst Saga Gains Another Chapter

Myst III - Exile
Remember the feeling you had when you finally finished Myst? Personally, my reaction was relief at finally reaching the conclusion, quickly followed by regret that there were no more puzzles to solve or areas to explore. Riven fleshed out both the story line as well as the graphics for an even more immersive experience. I'll give you my reaction to the end of the game as soon as I have time to get there ; - ) Myst and Riven have sold over 9 million copies since their release. Last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Mattel Interactive announced that they had taken up the torch in the form of Myst III - Exile. The actual development of M3E will be handled by Presto Studios, not Cyan. In fact Cyan's CEO and co-creator of the first two Myst titles is looking forward to experiencing this new chapter from the outside.

"Presto's philosophies of game design and commitment to excellence have always been similar to Cyan's. We couldn't think of a more logical choice to design and develop the next installment in the Myst series. We're confident that the next Myst adventure will live up to the expectations of our fans. And on a selfish note-we'll actually get to experience the mystery of a new Myst age for the first time."

- Rand Miller, CEO Cyan

Presto's game credits include The Journeyman Project series and presto plans on incorporating a modified version of Journeyman's panoramic navigation technology in M3E, giving the game 360° views. Exile features 5 new ages and an embittered villen whose home world was ruined by Sirrus and Achenar.

Myst III - Exile has been in development for over a year and a half and is expected to be released Spring, 2001. Exile's entirely resonable system requirements are as follows:

  • PowerPC 200 MHz or faster
  • Mac OS 7.5 or higher
  • 32MB RAM,
  • 150MB available HD space
  • 4x CD-ROM or faster,
  • 640x480 display
  • Thousands of colors.
  • Will Support (but not require?) 3D Hardware Acceleration/OpenGL.

A New Dimension: Presto's development of Myst III: Exile doesn't mean Cyan is resting on their laurels. They're currently working on Myst Dimensions, available in Q4 2000, Myst Dimensions, originally code named "Mud Pie," uses a state-of-the-art real-time 3D graphics engine to present the original Myst saga as it was originally intended: an epic tale told in a fully immersive and dynamic world. Players can now walk and look anywhere they choose, all in real-time. Day changes to night, and weather changes from brilliant sun to dreary rain. Players also encounter real-time lighting and ambient environmental effects, such as lightning, flickering torchlights, swaying grass and trees and ambient animal life roaming thru the environment. Best of all, players will now be able to experience a never before seen, new Myst age, with new environments to explore and puzzles to solve.

Conclusions: Needless to say, we are excited at the prospect of a new chapter in the Myst/D'ni story. While we would have been happiest withCyan at the helm, it sounds like Myst III is in capable hands with Presto. Be sure to check out the trailer at the Myst III - Exile web site. Now if we can just figure out how to arrange those colored marbles...

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