25 years ago, the adventure puzzle game Myst was released on the Mac platform. Developed by brothers Rand Miller and Robyn Miller, Myst immersed players into a world of mystery and fairly challenging puzzles. It was an adventure game, but it was unlike anything players had experienced. With no backstory, no character dialogue, no objectives, or time limits, players were free to explore the island and unlock its secrets.
As part of the 25-year celebration Cyan Worlds has been teasing on Twitter about what is to come. Today, in a blog post on their website, they gave us some incredible news.
“Over the last few years we’ve been working to procure the rights to make all of the Myst games available. As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option. But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen. With agreements in place, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be releasing updated (for Windows 10) versions of all the Myst games later this year!”
That’s right, all the Myst games will be updated for Windows 10 and they will be made available this year. My assumption is that they will be released just in time for the actual 25th anniversary in September, but if we’re lucky, we might get them sooner.
While the post didn’t specify which games this includes, it will undoubtedly be Myst, Riven, Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Myst V: End of Ages and possibly Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.
In addition to these updated games, Cyan Worlds also wants to release a physical collector’s edition of the game series that will also include an artifact. More information on that will be released later.
This is exciting news for fans of the series and especially for me, since I never completed Myst or Riven. It’s been one of my greatest shames.