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Myst creators crowdfund new game Obduction

Cyan, the company that created Myst and Riven, has a go at Kickstarting Obduction, an exploration game in a similar vein.

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Like Myst, Obduction will feature beautiful environments.

Released in 1993, Myst was a groundbreaking game. Its gorgeous, immersive world full of puzzles challenged players to use their minds and problem-solving skills rather than weapons. Cyan, the studio behind both Myst and its sequel Riven, has now gone to Kickstarter for the new game Obduction.

The Obduction storyline begins with your character getting abducted and swept across the universe to a mysterious, alien world. In classic fashion, you will have to explore and solve puzzles to progress. Cyan has decided to use the Epic Games Unreal Engine, the same engine that has powered games like BioShock and Infinity Blade.

Cyan is going big with a $1.1 million goal. There may well be enough Myst fans to make it happen. A $25 pledge gets you in line for a digital download of Obduction for Windows or Mac. If you're looking to get more involved, an $850 pledge will get you a personal Easter egg built into the game, that only you will know how to access.

Obduction has already topped $300,000 in pledges with 28 days to go, so it's off to a strong start. If it reaches its goal, Cyan aims to have the game finished in 2015.

Back when Myst first came out, it was a trailblazer, the granddaddy of puzzle games like The Room. The thought of Cyan delivering a Myst for the modern age is cause for excitement.