• Rand Miller meet and greet

    To celebrate the launch of the new episodic content, Myst Online’s creator Rand Miller and various members of the Cyan Worlds development studio will be hosting an in-game event to interact with players and take part in a casual Q&A.

    Details as follows:

    What: Rand Miller In-Game Meet-&-Greet

    Date: Thursday 5/24

    Time: 6pm PST/9pm EST

    Location: A Beginner’s Bevin, Myst Online: Uru Live

  • The Future of Myst Online: Uru Live

    Dear Myst Online fans

    It has been more than two months since Myst Online was launched and the cavern is still buzzing with activity. Behind the scenes, we’ve been focusing on expanding the Myst Online universe with continuous content and Age updates, improving the technology, and listening to you – the fans.

    Now, we’re pleased to announce that we’re ready to move on to the next phase.

    Based on your feedback and in-game actions, we are making some big improvements. Starting with the next update, we are making the move to regularly scheduled episodic content release. By having a set schedule of updates, players can be ready when major events will be happening in the cavern. That means that the release of all of an episode’s content and story (e.g. new Ages, pages, clothing, character interaction, story revelations, artifacts and intrigue) will be packed within a single week each month, rather than spreading out the releases over the entire month.

    Between episodes, feel free to take a deep breath, talk amongst yourselves, delve into the new content more deeply, create your own events, explore with your friends, discuss and dissect everything that took place, and prepare for the next episode.

    This change will take place immediately and our new episode “Scars” will begin on Saturday, May 19th. The beginning is over. Everything in the cavern is about to change. This episode’s highlights include:

    – The D’ni Restoration Council (DRC), often criticized for being “overly cautious,” is stunned when their caution and control is unable to save the life of someone very close.
    – A never-before-seen new Age is released featuring a vast landscape with hours of unique game play to solve by yourself or with friends.
    – The first hints of an impending conflict emerge and the repercussions will change the course of the restoration forever.

    We couldn’t have gotten here without you! Thank you so much for being a vital part of our world.

    The Myst Online Team

  • Mac Users Welcomed Into Uru Live

    ATLANTA, TORONTO – March 20, 2007 – GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), announced today the release of Myst Online: Uru Live for the Mac platform in tandem with its latest content additions. Using technology from TransGaming Inc., (TSX-V: TNG) a leading developer of software portability products for the electronic entertainment industry, Mac users can now take part in the same massively multiplayer Myst Online: Uru Live experience as their PC counterparts, including all of the regularly added features, destinations, and missions.

    “Myst Online: Uru Live has been the number one game on GameTap since its launch in February,” said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap’s vice president of content. “So we are thrilled this new audience can experience GameTap’s original content.”

     

    Mac users can experience the adventure and puzzle-solving elements and visually-stunning worlds of Myst Online: Uru Live via TransGaming’s Cider portability engine which enables PC games to run on the Intel Mac OS. Additionally, new content and upgrades to Myst Online: Uru Live will be simultaneous and transparent to users on both Mac and PC platforms – an essential element in ensuring a fluid and harmonious experience between all players.

    “Traditionally, Mac users have been very strong supporters of the legendary Myst franchise,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming. “We are very excited to be working with GameTap to bring this title back to that group of core fans.”

    Recently fans were able to explore a new Age as part of GameTap’s commitment to providing players with a constant stream of never-before-seen content. In this latest Age, explorers visited one of the pods that the D’ni once used. The pod, set in a stunning jungle environment, appears to have primarily been used to safely observe the exotic wildlife in its natural habitat – a sort of “reverse zoo.” However, it contains some features that aren’t entirely understood yet, so it’s up to the players to unravel this latest mystery.

    “We’re excited that as the Myst universe continues to expand online, so does the accessibility to our unique world,” said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds and creator of Myst Online. “Many of the original Myst fans were Mac users, so for GameTap to reopen the door to this audience really means a lot to Cyan on a personal level.”

    PC and Mac players alike can explore yet another dynamic new area that launched last week, as the Myst Online universe and story continues to expand and evolve. Dereno is a beautiful, arctic environment that features another mysterious pod for players to explore.

    Published by GameTap and developed by Cyan Worlds, Myst Online: Uru Live was created exclusively for GameTap and is available to GameTap subscribers in the United States and Canada and via download in select countries around the world. Myst Online: Uru Live is part of the GameTap Originals label.

    About TransGaming Inc.
    TransGaming is a leader in the development of unique software portability products that allow game developers and publishers to develop games for one system and deploy them across multiple platforms. Supported platforms range from Linux, Mac to Xbox PlayStation 2, and next generation systems.

    TransGaming is a registered Microsoft Xbox developer and a licensed Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable developer. TransGaming is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and maintains a research and development center in Ottawa, Canada. More information about the company can be obtained at www.transgaming.com.

    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 is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, it now delivers more than 800 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap offers more than 600 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. Continually updated with new games, programs and features, GameTap is a downloadable application that 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.

     

  • GameTap Announces Uru Live Launch Date

    Mark your calendars! GameTap is proud to announce Thursday, February 15th, as the official release date for the highly anticipated debut of Myst Online: Uru Live. This new adventure-driven take on the massively multiplayer online game genre will feature the ongoing release of new content and will become simultaneously available in fourteen countries around the world.

    Brave New Worlds
    Currently in beta release, the Myst Online: Uru Live preview storyline continues to showcase new content for fans of the Myst franchise on an almost daily basis. On the game’s official launch date, another never-before-seen world will debut. This new garden Age will feature an intricate, yet easily engaging, all-new multiplayer puzzle for players to solve. With its real-time storyline and ever-evolving world, Myst Online: Uru Live continues to provide an intrigue-driven, exploration-oriented interactive experience unlike any other massively multiplayer online game.

    Going Global
    Myst Online: Uru Live, developed exclusively for GameTap by Cyan Worlds, will be available to GameTap subscribers in the United States and Canada. Additionally, Myst Online: Uru Live will be available via direct download at www.gametap.com/mystonline to international consumers in select countries around the world. All players will be able to interact in the same game world. For the list of international launch countries, please visit the official game website at www.gametap.com/mystonline.

    GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), currently delivers more than 800 of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition, GameTap offers more than 600 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs.

    To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com where you can currently get the first month of service for only 99¢.

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