On the 25th anniversary of the release of Riven, the sequel to the hit adventure game Myst, developer Cyan has announced that it is being remastered. “Modern remake”
“Riven is one of the most highly regarded games in Cyan’s history,” the studio said in its FAQ. (Opens in a new tab)Explains why it took 25 years to create a Riven remake: “We didn’t want to approach it lightly or nonsensically. Cyan is a small indie studio. We want to make sure that we can cope with difficult efforts. It is costly and complicated – and it does it well.”
(By comparison, Myst has been remade several times, including Myst: Masterpiece Edition, realMyst: Interactive 3D edition and realMyst: Masterpiece Edition, the latest remake called Myst. (Opens in a new tab)released in 2021 with VR support)
As Cyan waits a century to bring Riven back, there are projects for fans. long-established that aims to revive it “In a fully realized real-time 3D environment” called Starry Expanse. (Opens in a new tab)In 2019, the Starry Expanse team said it was “officially working with Cyan Worlds to bring the real-time Riven dream to reality,” Cyan said in a separate message. (Opens in a new tab) Posted today that the members of the team are not working on the official build, but “we reached an agreement which allows us to refer to a key part of their efforts to kickstart our development” project. Starry Expanse has quietly stopped development. A couple of years ago, after Cyan informed the team that they were preparing to officially launch the remake.
In fact, I don’t like Riven as much as Myst—to be honest, I absolutely love the revolutionary Myst: an unprecedented gaming experience wrapped up in photo-realistic graphics and an immersive soundtrack. exotic and beautiful This shows the near limitless potential of CD-ROM technology. Riven is more technologically advanced, yes, but like many sequels, it’s more the same. And four years after Myst, it wasn’t as wonderful as the second time.
Still, I’m glad that Cyan has finally moved forward with the update. And the 25-year separation from the original might give me a different perspective. Unfortunately, there are currently no details on the platform or a possible release date, but Cyan has clarified—because clarification is clearly needed—original Riven owners will not be upgraded to the free remake.