Cyan’s unique Myst debuts on the Oculus Quest 2
It’s hard to believe that I played the original Myst on a PC with a CD-ROM about 27 years ago. And last night I looked at Myst Island, only it looked different when I was playing on an Oculus Quest 2.
The remaster of the famous puzzle adventure game in virtual reality will be released on December 10th in the Oculus Store for both Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. It is an accessible game for an accessible platform.
Millions of people have played this game about an island surrounded by mystery and a story of ruthless family betrayal. You move in a teleportation style and use your thumb on the Oculus controller to move to different positions you want your character to move around. It feels different because you are immersed in the world. The island is all around you and everything is built to scale. You can see how tall the buildings and pillars are, and how big the curl is compared to your own body.
Cyan developed the game from the ground up for VR in the Unreal Engine. It has new art, sound, interactions, and even optional puzzle randomization. Myst was made by two brothers, Robyn and Rand Miller, and debuted in 1993 at the beginning of the CD-ROM era. It was a historic video game because it opened a new chapter in video game storytelling. Rand still heads Cyan today in Mead, Washington. It’s a magical experience for old people like me. It’s one of those games that takes your time to solve puzzles at your own pace.
The game is available for $ 30 on the Quest platform. The PC version with 2D and support for more VR hardware will be available at a later date. Cyan’s next VR game is Firmament.
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