'Myst' creator takes to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor Obduction

By on November 1, 2013, 2:00 PM
kickstarter, myst, obduction, riven, cyan inc

It’s been two decades since Myst, one of the best-selling games of all time, was first released on the PC. The franchise received multiple sequels over the years but nothing ever came close to being as successful as the original. That may change soon enough as the team behind the original game recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what they describe as a spiritual successor to Myst.

But can a slow-paced exploration game find success in today’s vast gaming landscape?

Obduction started life as a reboot of the Myst franchise but as co-founder and CEO of Cyan, Inc. Rand Miller said, he was simply overwhelmed once he started thinking about the history of the franchise. Instead, Obduction took on life as a new world from a blank sheet of paper.

Just as the original did, Obduction will put players in a strange world where they will need to pay close attention to their surroundings as they solve puzzles to move the story along. That’s pretty much where the similarities will end, however, as the game is completely new from the ground up with a new story and new puzzles to solve.

The company is hoping their reputation will be enough to help generate the $1.1 million funding goal they’ve placed on the project. At present, the team only has the core gameplay experience and some early renderings to entice donors but thus far, they’ve generated close to $700,000 with 14 days to go. A pledge of just $25 guarantees you’ll receive a digital download for Windows or MacOS once it’s ready in late 2015.

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wiyosaya said:

Chris Roberts, of Wing Commander fame, is doing the same thing with a new space game. His reason is that no one would back him, Gladly, I got in on that. More power to these people and crowd funding. As I see it, it brings the voice of PC gaming back to the gamers - not that there are no good PC games these days, just this means has a lot of potential to bring more variety back to PC games.

Now, all we need is for someone to revive "Links" as a crowd-funded game.

CraigJ CraigJ said:

Can't wait for Obduction. When I found out about it I backed it immediately. The 2nd thing I did is purchase Myst for my iPad to relive the experience. The graphics are outdated, but still, the artistry of the game is astounding 20 years later...

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