Illustration for article titled Cyan Inc., Creators of Myst and Riven, have launched a Kickstarter for a new game Obduction

Cyan Inc., creators of the best selling adventure game Myst and its acclaimed sequel Riven, have launched a Kickstarter for a new adventure game called Obduction.

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Cyan has revealed that they will be using Unreal Engine 4 and the game will be for PC and Mac. They have released the following statements giving a short description of what the game’s story will be about and what the gameplay will be like;

“Story

Obduction's experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. Obduction begins with... well… an abduction - your abduction. On a crystal clear, moon-lit night, a curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why).

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And, as anyone who ever played _Myst _or _Riven _knows, exploring everything around you allows you to read between the lines and to begin to answer your questions. Why is there an old, abandoned farmhouse - complete with white picket fence - in the middle of an alien landscape? You'll find out. From this point on the story becomes your story.”

Illustration for article titled Cyan Inc., Creators of Myst and Riven, have launched a Kickstarter for a new game Obduction
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“Game Design

Obduction has a few game design elements in common with Myst and Riven, and it skews into new areas as well. Cyan's basic design philosophy is simple:

  • Build every element of the experience to make you, the player, feel like this virtual world has become your world.
  • The interface should be intuitive and transparent.
  • The story should be revealed through exploration and not necessarily shoveled out in cinematic form.
  • The puzzles should range from easy to difficult, but even the toughest puzzles should be designed so that you know that all the pieces to **solve **it are there in front of you.
  • The sound and music should be balanced; they should add emotion but not become distracting or annoying.”
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The goal for their kickstarter is $1.1 million. As of this writing they have raised more than $650 thousand towards that goal. If you wish to pledge you can do so here;

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyani…

Here is a prior article written by Stephen Totilo for the 20th anniversary of Myst’s release;

http://kotaku.com/myst-is-20-yea…

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