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Myst to escape from dreamlike gaming world onto TV

The groundbreaking '90s computer game Myst is poised for a revival as a television series that plans to crack open the worlds beyond the books.

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This screenshot from the remake RealMyst captures the island. Cyan

I still remember playing Myst for the first time. Originally released for Mac in 1993, it was a revelation in gaming. There was no combat, just a battle of the mind as you worked through a series of puzzles while surrounded by a surreal and beautiful world. It would be a tall order for a television series to try to capture that feeling, but Cyan Worlds, the developer behind Myst, is going to try.

According to a report from Deadline, Cyan has partnered with the television and digital media arm of Legendary Entertainment to develop Myst as a TV series along with a new companion video game.

A television series would have a considerable amount of material to draw on. The original Myst computer game starts off on a mysterious island (long before "Lost"), but connects to multiple other strange and compelling worlds called Ages. The sequel, Riven, stays primarily in one Age while stretching out in other directions. There's also plenty of underlying mythology associated with the linking books inside the game that take you to other worlds, and with the family that once lived on Myst island. There is even a series of Myst novels that could provide fodder for plots, settings and characters.

The same qualities that made the original Myst game so compelling (gorgeous visuals, intriguing puzzles and a wide-open sense of exploration) could translate well into a ongoing show. Fans would get a thrill out of seeing some of the familiar locations from the game turned into live-action settings.

There had been talk for years about Myst being developed into a movie, but the project never materialized. Details on the proposed television show are pretty much nonexistent at this point, but fans who never lost hope of a film version might finally get their Myst fix on the small screen.