Obduction Release

In 1993 a little game called Myst changed the world. Created by two brothers in their garage, it stayed the best selling game for ten years and garnered four sequels, three novels, and more rumours about a movie than anything can keep up with any more. The last game in the Myst franchise was released in 2005, but Myst V was not very successful or well-received. The age of Myst seemed to be over, and Cyan worlds kept their doors open by upgrading software to keep up with the advances in modern computers.


And then, in October 2013, everything changed. Rand Miller, co-founder of Cyan Worlds and creator of Myst, announced that they were making a new game. Obduction would not be a part of the Myst franchise. It was something completely new; a spiritual successor to Myst. Having failed to get any game company interested in developing Obduction, Rand took it to Kickstarter and in just one short month raised over a million dollars.

Obduction was originally projected to release in October 2015. This date quickly got shoved back to the end of the year, then to the spring, then to summer. Now, nearly a year late, it has finally been released, and reviewers are proclaiming that the wait has definitely been worth it. Obduction includes support for Occulous Rift, the VR technology no one can stop talking about.

Obduction whisks you away from the world you know to an alien landscape containing elements of home. Where are you? How did you get here? And, most importantly, can you get home again? But don’t just take my word for it. Obduction is available now on Steam and GOG for PC only. (Mac and VR versions are coming soon.)

Robyn Miller returned to Cyan for his first collaborative project since Myst: Uru to write the soundtrack for Obduction. You can listen to it on Bandcamp and then, of course, you can buy it, because it’s some of his best work yet.

Katie Lynn Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, and the mastermind behind Vaguely Circular. She blogs about science and things that are peripherally related to science. You can read all her posts here.


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