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Date: May 9th, 2006
News: Uru
Uru Live Returns

The following was posted by Rand Miller regarding Uru Live:

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
- G. K. Chesterton

Fellow fans and adventure seekers,
Uru has been quite an adventure for us. After pouring everything we had into our vision back in 2002, Uru Live was abruptly cancelled. There have been several fits and starts since then - various attempts to keep the vision alive. The most notable was Until Uru - a continuation of Uru Live that put its future directly into the hands of the fans. The fans didn’t let us down.
Although the fans were able to bide their time in the ancient underground city and distant Ages, not much changed. There were huge expanses to explore and share, but the full vision of Uru Live was designed to be dynamic and changing - providing new story and places to explore all the time. Now, with some help from our forward thinking friends at Turner/GameTap, we’re pleased to announce that we’re ready to bring Uru Live back to life.
We have been furiously toiling behind the scenes to write some interesting new content that will make its way into Uru Live in the coming months. We’ve also been working on the nuts and bolts - rebuilding our software and servers to clean up bugs and lag and to provide a base for cutting-edge improvements in the future.
This new adventure is not without caveats. We’re smaller and leaner now. We have much more to do with fewer people to do it. But we’re trying to work smart to provide new content that provides fresh new adventure for everyone on a regular basis.
So here we go again into exciting unknown territory. Little did we know that the opening lines of Myst would be so prophetic.
Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and support,
Rand Miller


GameTap released this Press Announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo

“URU LIVE” LIVES ON EXCLUSIVELY AT GAMETAP

Online, multiplayer version of blockbuster game resurfaces on GameTap, with real-time 3D and new episodic content

LOS ANGELES – E3 – (May 9, 2006) – “Uru Live” lives! GameTap, the broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), is reviving the online foray of “Myst”, one of the most popular adventure series ever created. As part of GameTap’s bold new initiative, the “Uru Live” game and community will be available to GameTap subscribers later this year as part of their monthly subscription.

“Uru Live” is the online multiplayer version of “Uru: Ages Beyond Myst,” which was developed by Cyan Worlds. Extensively beta-tested in 2003, “Uru Live” spawned an avid community of players, many of whom have kept unofficial sites up and running ever since. With the advent of broadband gaming, there is a whole new medium and a ready audience for this revered title. Unlike its predecessors, the new worlds of “Uru Live” are dynamic and alive, making use of real-time 3D rather than still images to bring players together online to explore incredible new worlds. To keep “Uru Live” even more fresh and challenging, GameTap and Cyan will update the game with new episodic content on a regular basis.

“The epic journey to D’ni will begin anew this holiday season on GameTap,” said Stuart Snyder, GameTap’s General Manager. “We are bringing back ‘Uru Live’ with new episodes, intriguing new worlds to explore, and a host of fresh features. ‘Uru Live’ was ahead of its time, and now that technology has caught up with this visionary game, GameTap and Cyan are teaming up to bring it into the bold new world of broadband entertainment.”

“Uru Live” is part of the popular “Myst” series created by Rand and Robyn Miller. Selling more than 12 million units, it was the top-selling video game franchise of the 1990s. In fact, it is credited with creating a whole new genre of games, the first-person adventure-puzzle game.

“Uru Live” will join the more than 500 on-demand video games and 300 streaming video channels now available on GameTap.

To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com where you can sign up for the leading all-you-can-play-&-watch video game lifestyle broadband network for $9.95 per month. Go to www.gametap.com now and sign up for a free two-week offer.

About Cyan Worlds, Inc:

Cyan Worlds, Inc., located in Spokane, WA, is best know for Myst and Riven, which received numerous awards, critical acclaim and broad popularity, Cyan has been designing and building immersive interactive worlds since 1987. They currently employ over 40 designers, programmers and artists. For more information about Cyan Worlds, visit www.cyanworlds.com

About GameTap

GameTap delivers hundreds of the greatest games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC. To access GameTap, players securely download and install Turner-developed client software from www.gametap.com that acts as a gateway to the GameTap vault. Because games reside securely on the PC, not across a network, they act just as if they were still on the console or at the arcade. Fast response times, 3D effects, colors, and characters are all present and accounted for. New games and original programming will be added to the service each week. GameTap supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals.

About Turner

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
CONTACT:
Chase/Beth Gardiner/Misty Skedgell
Access Communications for GameTap TBS, Inc.
415-844-6289/917-522-3522 404-885-4396
chase@accespr.com/bgardiner@accesspr.com
misty.skedgell@turner.com

The online service will be available for a monthly fee of $9.95. A Beta is available for sign-ups now.

Uru Live Website

 


 
Date: March 15th, 2006
News: Uru

Bring back UruLive petition

in view of the recent development of cyan starting the d'mala shard and the fact that it's been made known that there is a potential backer for financing the return of UruLive, a new online petition has been started.

you can read it here. make sure to click on the 'Sign the Petition' link to add your name to this updated petition.

the orginal petition contains over 4100 signatures - some of which are very recent (2006). so, it's obvious that there's STILL a big interest - even tho it's been 2 years since Live was canceled.

let's make sure we get the word out as much as possible!!! we've got a real chance to get UruLive back!! post about it where ever you frequent - there are so many who left the myst-related forums after Live was canceled...we need to get the word out about Cyan's d'mala shard on Until Uru AND we need to get the word out that there's a real potential for UruLive returning!!

- Posted by joclyn


 
 
Date: December 30th, 2005
News: Mysterium

Mysterium 2006

Mysterium.net has announced that Mysterium 2006 will be held in Spokane Washington at Cyan Worlds. July 28th through the 30th. Reservation details are: Ramada Suites on Newport Highway. Rooms are $69.95 plus tax per night for up to four people. When you call the hotel 800-210-8975 ask for a room and say you are with Mysterium Group and get this special rate. Here is the full address:

Ramada Suites
9601 N. Newport Hwy
Spokane, Washington 99218

Mysterium.net

 


 
 
Date: September 30th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Tim Larkin Interview

Music4games.net has posted a new interview with Myst 5 composer Tim Larkin. In the interview, he confirms that Cyanworlds remains open but will likely pursue a new direction. Full interview available here.

 


 
 
Date: September 24th, 2005
News: Cyan

The Ending Has Not Yet Been Written!

The following was posted by GreyDragon on his Blog:

 

The Return of the King

I really can’t say much about it, but Cyan Worlds is back. I can’t say for how long, but I can say we are back. We all moved into the cool building this last week. I’m glad to be back. It feels good.

 


 
 
Date: September 2nd, 2005
News: Cyan

Cyan's Last Days

According to Grey Dragon's blog, Cyan has laid off all of its employees except Rand Miller and Tony Fryman. They have no sufficient funding for future projects and the debts made it impossible for the company to continue working as it was.

Sad day for the Myst Community.

 


 
 
Date: August 31st, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Website Update

The Mystvgame website has been updated. With new pictures, that are now available in the Myst5 gallery, and new puzzles.

If you decide to play the puzzles and beat them, you will get to see a bonus video. If you don't want to play the puzzles you can view the bonus video in our Movies Page.

 


 
 
Date: August 30th, 2005
News: Mys 5

Making Of Myst 5 Documentary

Gameindustry Press Release.

 

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time-Warner Company, announced the development of a behind-the-scenes documentary for Ubisoft's widely anticipated video game title: Myst® V: End of Ages. The documentary, which will be packaged with the Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition disk as a bonus DVD, will explore the story behind Ubisoft's best-selling Myst franchise and focus on the creation of its final adventure.

"Gamers are like the toughest film fanatics: they want more than a technical look at the making of a game. They want to see the compelling story behind its creators, the challenges and triumphs of the creative process," said Michael Watchulonis, Executive Producer for GameTap Entertainment. "We at Turner have learned a lot over the years by producing signature original programming for CNN and Cartoon Network and are excited to apply these skills to the gaming industry; specifically an innovative, breathtaking and cinematic game like Myst V: End of Ages."

In addition to the Ubisoft project, GameTap Entertainment is producing an exclusive mix of magazine, reality, and lifestyle shows, interviews with the who's who of gaming, celebrity features, and all-new "game trailers" for the GameTap service. Delivered via streaming video, the programming will celebrate games in the same way that Cartoon Network celebrates animation and TNT celebrates drama.

"We looked at the level of quality the Turner programming team was bringing to GameTap and realized they would be a good partner to help us create exclusive bonus material for our Myst V: End of Ages release," said Jay Cohen, vice president of publishing for Ubisoft North America. "We're very excited about the project."

The partnership benefits Myst fans and GameTap subscribers in several ways. Consumers will receive a valuable special offer for a GameTap subscription via coupons within copies of Myst V: End of Ages. The GameTap service will premiere a shorter, "broadband version" of the making-of documentary to coincide with the retail release of Myst V: End of Ages. GameTap Entertainment will also produce a game trailer and a trailer showcasing the making-of documentary for the new title, which will be available to fans before it hits retail shelves.

"We're striving for the day when GameTap is as important a promotional partner to game publishers as TBS and TNT today are to movie studios," said Dan Riess, GameTap's Head of Marketing. "The partnership with Ubisoft on Myst V: End of Ages, is a first step and we hope to announce similar partnerships with other publishers in the near future."

GameTap is a first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network that offers games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC. Both GameTap and Myst V: End of Ages debut fall 2005.

 


 
 
Date: August 27th, 2005
News: Myst5.com Site News

Community Reminiscing

Available in the Myst Library section. Since websites about Myst come and go, we have decided to make a gallery of popular current and long since gone sites dedicated to Myst. We have snap shots of different sites through the years that will hopefully give you a trip down memory lane.

Community History Page

 


 
 
Date: August 27th, 2005
News: Myst5.com Site News

Videos Now Available

A new section has been added to the site. You can now view trailers and flybys from current and past Myst games in the Movies Section.

 


 
 
Date: August 24th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Huge Todelmer Gallery

Ericaanderson.com has posted 20 new images of Todelmer, the space Age. You can view all the new images, as well as a few new Noloben images, in the Myst 5 Gallery.

 


 
 
Date: August 22nd, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Demo For PC

Gameshadow has posted the new demo for Myst 5: End of Ages for PC.

The site uses Anti leech, so disable cookie blocking so the site knows you are not remote linking to the download, If you have Norton Fire wall etc, you may have to disable it just until the download starts, then you can put it back on.

Link to Demo

 


 
 
Date: August 18th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Demo For Mac

The Demo for Myst 5: End of Ages has been released. Unfortunately only for Mac users.

Gameshell.com

 


 
 
Date: August 17th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Demo In Bellevue, Washington

Ryan Warzecha, from Ubisoft, has offered to demo Myst V: End of Ages in the BYOC "Bring your own computer" area at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Bellevue, Washington. August 26th - 28th.

 


 
 
Date: August 5th, 2005
News: Myst Books

Myst: The Book of Marrim

Myst 5 LE is available for pre-order in the UK as of today. The limited edition ships with an exclusive preview of the new Myst book by Rand Miller: "Myst: Book of Marrim".


 
 
Date: August 3rd, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Available For Pre-Order

You can now Pre-order Myst 5: End of Ages at Ubi.

*Note to Mac users* The standard edition release (white box) will be PC ONLY, and will ship on 3 CDs. If you have a Mac then you should order the Limited Edition (black box)

 


 
 
Date: July 9th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Collectors Edition

Ubisoft posted the Myst 5 'Limited' Collectors Edition. The features will include:

  • A 22-minute video, made by GameTap, offers a retrospective look at the making of the entire franchise.
  • The original game soundtrack transports fans to the ambient worlds of Myst whenever and wherever they like.
  • A collector’s art piece provides a frame-able keepsake from the worlds of Myst.
  • The official strategy guide helps new and old explorers progress through this final adventure.

It is unsure if it will be available outside the US at this time but we will keep you posted.


 
 
Date: July 8th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Official Release Date

Thorsten Kapp of Ubisoft Germany: "Myst V: End of Ages will be released on September 22nd, 2005".

It should be noted that even though this is the official date it can change due to production problems or other issues.

 


 
 
Date: July 7th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 In 8 Languages

Read the full article at Patchallel's website.

When the Mead-based company releases its next game this fall, the product will ship in eight languages along with English: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Czech, Polish and Japanese

 


 
 
Date: June 28th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 3D Screen Shot

3Dgamers has released a 3D 360 degree screen shot from Myst 5. You can find a list of download sites here.

 

Cyan Worlds has recently released a teasingly interactive screenshot of their upcoming Myst V: End Of Ages. The view is a node based panorama of one of the Ages, a beautiful grassy area bordered by water and punctuated by huge stones bearing mysterious petroglyphs.

 


 
 
Date: June 9th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Release Date and Box Art

Gamestop has annouced the release date of Myst 5: End of Ages to be September 1st, 2005, While Amazon has September 20th, 2005. They have also released the Game Box Art.


 
 
Date: May 19th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Videos

IGN.com has released three new videos of in-game footage from Myst 5: End of Ages. They contain many spoilers. View Here.


 
 
Date: May 12th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Trailer

3DGamers released the first Myst 5: End of Ages trailer. It contains major spoilers. You can view it here (but you must register). You can also download at Mystobsession.



 
Date: May 6th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Panorama of Myst V

Myst-tree.com has posted a panoramic view of one of the ages in Myst 5: End of Ages.

You can view the 10.6 MB file here. Quicktime required.

 



 
Date: April 27th, 2005
News: Myst 4

Pre-Order Myst 4 Soundtrack

Internationally renowned composer and producer Jack Wall delivers yet another spellbinding game soundtrack for Myst IV: Revelation. Having received the 2002 Soundtrack of the Year Award from the readers of Game Industry News and a nomination by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 2002 for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition for his work on Myst III: Exile, Jack Wall returns with a dramatic and breathtaking orchestral score that transports you instantly into the lush, beautiful worlds of Myst IV: Revelation. Interweaving the unique musical styles of world-class players and vocal musicians from around the globe - including the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, the Warsaw Village Band in Poland, and the Los Angeles Choir in California - this captivating soundtrack won Music of the Yearat the 2004 Game Audio Network Guild Awards, and took home more awards than any other single game at the GANG awards, including Best Live Performance Recording and Best Original Vocal Song - Choral for the Main Theme. Prepare to be transfixed!

By from Ubi.com



 
Date: April 23rd, 2005
News: Myst5.com Site News

Introducing The Revelation Journal



After Atrus's Journal, Riven Journal and Uru Journal we are proud to present Revelation's Journal! With fan edited images from Myst 4 Revelation.

There has also been a new picture added to the Uru Journal.

 



 
Date: April 23rd, 2005
News: Myst 5

Two Rand Miller Interviews

Gamespot has an interview with Rand Miller (video) with more details about Myst 5. Read Here.

Pro-G also has an interview discussing current games and Myst 5. Read Here.



 
Date: April 21st, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Interview With Rand Miller

 A new interview with Rand Miller is now up at Gamesplanet

Click Here

 



 
Date: April 18th, 2005
News: Myst 4

Revelation Wins Three Awards

The title with the most category wins this year, Myst IV: Revelation wins in the following categories in the GIN 'Best of the Best' of 2004 games:

Best Adventure Game
Best Puzzle Game
Best Environment

Click here for all the winners.

Congratulations to the Revelations team!

 



 
Date: April 14th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Preview and Screenshots



 Gamehelper has posted a very interesting article describing more details about Myst 5 along with eight new screenshots.

You can view the article here

The gallery images here
Concept art here

 



 
Date: April 13th, 2005
News: Myst5.com Site News

Poll: What Book Would You Like?



Myst5.com is asking the question: If the creators of Myst write another book, what story would you want? The options are:

  • Story between Myst and Book of Atrus
  • Story before Ti'ana visited D'ni
  • Story 1,000's of years before the fall of D'ni
  • Story about Marrim
  • Story continuing after Uru
  • Story about Zandi discovering D'ni
  • Other

The Poll can be found here.

 



 
Date: April 11th, 2005
News: Myst 5

Myst 5 Details from PC Gamer

 PC Gamer has published an article revealing some of the details about Myst 5.

MYST V: END OF AGES
And if you believe this is the "End," I've got an island to sell you.

Myst IV: Revelation just came out, right? Well, one benefit of having two different development houses tag-teaming Myst sequels is that Myst V will be released about a year after it's predecessor.

While Ubisoft's last island hop was developed by its Montreal studio, this time Cyan Worlds returns to the world it created back in 1994. This follow-up takes place years after the events of Myst IV. Yeesha, the precocious daughter of book-maker Atrus and wife Catherine, has blossomed from an adorable pre-teen with major dysfunctional-family issues (courtesy of her psychotic brothers) into a puzzling young woman carrying the burdens of her family and the secrets of the lost civilization of D'ni.

Myst V will use proprietary new graphics engine developed by Cyan, and its interface is designed to appeal to both classic Myst fans and hardcore gamers.

"We challenged ourselves to come up with an interface that could bridge the accessibility of the classic point-and-click Myst interface with the immersion of a fully real-time 3D graphic environment," revealsRand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds. "We wanted the entire game to be playable by simply pointing and clicking a one-button mouse. And, of course, we also included a full control mode."

One of Myst V's innovations will be Truehand Writing Technology, marketing-speak for Cyan's in-game writing-recognition system. Says Miller: "We've added this unique aspect of control to the game, allowing players to actually write symbols to communicate with...well...these creatures. If you know what to write, you might be able to get them to do things for you."

Will Myst V mark the end of the franchise's story? Miller's comments suggest it will. "Our goal in Myst V was to take advantage of the state-of-the-art in real-time 3D to provide and adventure that wraps up the Myst story, and at the same time is wonderfully reminiscent of the original Myst experience."

 

There is also a new screen shot in the Myst 5 gallery.

 


 

 
Date: April 3rd, 2005
News: Myst5.com Site News

Two More Uru Journal Pictures



In the Myst Journals section. I've added two new images to the Uru Journal. Reminisce with Yeesha and discover a new linking book with Dr. Watson.

 

 
Date: April 1st, 2005
News: Mystelaneous

Myst Movie Petition


Many fans of the Myst series of games (Myst, Riven, Uru, etc.) created by Cyan are approving of, or at least intrigued, by the idea of a Myst movie. Cyan, while never actually starting production on a Myst movie, has left the production of such a film as a possibility. Also, film directors Steven Spielberg and James Cameron were, at one point, having something of a legal battle over purchasing the rights to Myst from Cyan. The Undersigned would like Cyan to consider Spielberg's and Cameron's offers again, if it hasn't put its foot down on both offers already. If a film is produced, someone from Cyan (preferrably Rand Miller) should oversee the project, so there won't be any Hollywood butchering. To sum up, we, the undersigned, would like Cyan to seriously consider the production of a Myst movie, preferrably directed by either Mr. Cameron or Mr. Spielberg, and the project overseen by Mr. Miller.

click here to sign



 




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