Cyan has a double dose of news about its Obduction thriller. The sport is debuting on the PlayStation 4 immediately, and the corporate has lower a take care of Hollywood’s Legendary Pictures so as to add a backstory to the award-winning journey puzzle sport.
Legendary Photos’ VR division will work on fleshing out the narrative experience of Obduction in partnership with Spokane, Washington-based Cyan, which is run by Rand Miller, the co-creator of the unique Myst and Riven games. Obduction is now each a VR and 2D display screen sport.
(Robyn and Rand Miller, co-creators of Myst and Riven, will come speak concerning the classes of the previous at our GamesBeat 2017 event on October 5-6 in San Francisco.)
Cyan is promoting the PS4 model and PlayStation VR model collectively in a bundle for $30. It additionally contains unique new content material, equivalent to a brand new display screen, which reveals a brand new space: a mysterious Russian submarine inside a big cavern.
I requested Rand Miller what he considered Obduction’s artwork style, sport mechanics, and themes in comparison with the unique Myst. Right here’s what he mentioned:
I really feel like Obduction succeeds in offering that very same form of feeling that Myst supplied a pair a long time in the past — the place gamers are dropped into the center of a world and story and change into a part of each. That was such a singular feeling in Myst, and we actually needed to seize it once more.
As for the style and artwork — it’s very completely different, and really related. Completely different in that it’s not single static snapshot linked collectively to color the world, however a world that you just circulation by means of in three dimensions in actual time. Completely different in that our artwork director and the artists that labored on Obduction have their very own voices that give Obduction its personal distinctive persona. Related in that it’s as soon as once more a considerably surreal world with alien and acquainted components juxtaposed in ways in which hopefully encourage gamers to find extra about what all of it means. And related in that we actually labored to attempt to make the story, the surroundings, and the puzzles help one another and make constant sense.
The one similarity in theme is the concept of being snatched away out of your snug surrounding and plopped into unfamiliar circumstances. We all the time thought-about that with Myst, we needed the participant to behave prefer it was them — that they have been having this experience — not enjoying a job. Obduction continues with that premise. Although the story and surroundings are very completely different, that theme stays the identical — that is you, what would you do?
The brand new content material additionally contains higher perception into the backstory of the characters and locations and two new music tracks composed by Cyan software and audio engineer Hannah Gamiel.
“Legendary has always been driven by a passion to empower great storytellers to tell great stories, no matter the medium,” mentioned Ethan Stearns, the vp at Legendary VR, in an announcement. “Having successfully developed innovative story worlds across film, television, comics, live experience, and virtual reality, Legendary is thrilled to have an opportunity to continue pushing back the narrative boundaries of storytelling by bringing our brand of elevated, fully immersive VR to the gaming space alongside a groundbreaking studio like Cyan, who has truly revolutionized the computer gaming experience for its fans.”
The PS VR model was made potential partially by a partnership with Legendary VR, a division of Legendary Photos, the Hollywood studio best recognized for the The Darkish Knight trilogy, 2014’s Godzilla, and up to date blockbuster Kong: Cranium Island. Legendary has the rights to make a TV show based on Myst.
“We already had a great relationship with Legendary Pictures as they have the options for a Myst TV show,” mentioned Rand Miller in an announcement. “Now as they expand into VR for both interactive and entertainment, it’s very exciting to be working work with them on the road map ahead.”
This publish by Dean Takahashi originally appeared on VentureBeat.