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[Press Release] Riven to Launch Into Virtual Reality on Meta Quest 2 & 3

Engulf yourself in the world of Riven—in virtual reality for the first time ever!

Spokane, United States – May 14th, 2024 – Today Cyan Worlds is pleased to reveal that Riven, the classic narrative-driven puzzle game that is being updated for modern platforms, will initially launch on the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 VR platforms, as well as  Windows (VR and flatscreen) and Mac. Already announced to be coming to virtual reality, Cyan Worlds is thrilled to confirm that Riven will be coming to the Meta Quest platform.

Cyan’s from-the-ground-up remake of Myst—launched first on the Meta Quest platform in 2020—enabled players to experience the game’s iconic Ages like never before. In Riven‘s first update since 1997, players will explore the game with the same sense of immersion and freedom that comes from actually being in this world—especially on Meta Quest 3, where Riven will take advantage of the headset’s increased power and higher resolution to deliver a truly spectacular experience.

One of the most astounding experiences for me is being fully immersed in Riven in VR with no strings attached on Meta Quest 3,” stated Cyan Worlds co-founder Rand Miller. “It’s mind-blowing to have jumped from the original static images to wrapping myself in Riven.

Watch the Meta Announcement Trailer

Delving further into the lore that Cyan’s first game Myst only hinted at, Riven tightly integrates its puzzles into a sprawling and decaying world that plunges players into a conflict between the world’s villainous ruler and those rebelling against him. While Myst has been remade several times, the visuals, cinematics, and overall scope have made Riven difficult to adapt. Bringing the remake to Unreal Engine 5 and leveraging the capabilities of the Meta Quest system will allow both old and new fans to experience the iconic 3D world like never before.

Riven for Meta Quest 2 & 3 can be wishlisted here.

Riven is a modern remake of 1997’s monster hit Riven: The Sequel to Myst, and a love letter to the classic narrative-driven puzzle games of the ’90s. When exploring the decaying age of Riven the player will feel like an archeologist, slowly unraveling the many mysteries revealed through careful exploration of Riven’s five enigmatic islands. Players will lose themselves in the world as they uncover clues, decipher foreign languages, and immerse themselves in the game’s intricate lore. 

Combining the next-generation 3D visuals of Unreal Engine 5 and the processing power of the Meta Quest virtual reality system brings a previously unattainable level of immersion to gamers. With new puzzles, expanded storylines, and breathtaking visuals, even those who know the original by heart will find themselves lost again in its depths.

Key Features:

  • Intricate Storytelling and Mind-Bending Puzzles: Challenge your intellect with Riven’s cunning puzzles woven throughout its narrative.
  • Immersive Environments and Stunning Graphics: Explore surreal islands, each meticulously crafted with unparalleled attention to detail, from dense, lush jungles to awe-inspiring caverns.
  • An Expanded World To Explore: Encounter an immersive and visually stunning world that will captivate newcomers and reveal new mysteries for long-time fans.
  • Fully Re-imagined Gaming Experience: Experience Riven like never before, with free movement through a real-time 3D environment. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer returning to Riven or a newcomer eager to explore Riven’s mysteries for the first time, this immersive and visually stunning world will captivate you.
  • Truly Immersive Experience Developed in Parallel for Flatscreen and VR: Cyan Worlds is simultaneously developing the flatscreen and VR versions of the game to ensure a high-quality experience regardless of players’ platform of choice.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and sneak peeks of Riven by following Cyan Worlds on X (formerly known as Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook, and join their community on Discord. The game is launching simultaneously on Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, and flatscreen platforms, including Macs with Apple silicon and Windows computers, later this year. Join us as we step into a world where every puzzle leads to discovery, and every discovery reveals a story waiting to be told.

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About Cyan Worlds

Founded by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller in 1987. In 1991 Cyan began work on Myst. The goal: create a new kind of experience that felt more like a place than a game. There would be no dying, no shooting, no starting over, and no inventory – dramatic breaks from “traditional” gaming. Myst was about finding yourself lost in a world, exploring it to gain understanding, and ultimately becoming part of the story. The public response was nothing short of phenomenal. 

To date, sales for Myst and its sequel Riven have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Myst also holds the honor of being the best-selling video game of the 20th century; a record that was not surpassed until 2003.

After five games in the Myst series, Cyan turned its attention to making an exciting new kind of Myst world. Uru (Myst Online) allows players to join the adventure of a lifetime in the caverns of D’ni, a neverending world that lets players connect and explore together. It spawned a thriving community and is still available to explore for free. More recently, Cyan Worlds has created titles supporting 2D and VR gameplay, including Obduction, Firmament, and a remake of Myst for 2D and VR.

Cyan Worlds looks forward to releasing their games currently in development, as well as revealing new, exciting worlds yet to come. They draw from over three decades of experience to tell stories in intriguing and unexpected ways and continue to look for innovative ways to subvert standard videogame tropes.