[Sneak Peak] Obduction: Cyan Returns

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The boys are back in town, and this time, MYST is off the cards.
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Long ago, when this writer was young, she looked on in envy as her mum pottered about on this ‘MYST’ game. Denied access, she “borrowed” it, and was subsequently lost to an exploration experience like no other. Far from her past favourites such as Mech Warriors 3, and Tomb Raider, MYST offered gameplay that did not rely on violence, and that let you explore and tinker, instead of taking you by the hand into battle.

It was an experience that rocked the PC gaming world, and held the title of best selling PC game throughout the 90’s. Leaving behind their MYST IP, Cyan are branching out into strange new worlds.

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Obduction begins with… well… an abduction – your abduction. On a crystal clear, moon-lit night, a curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why).” (Kickstarter)

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“And, as anyone who ever played Myst or Riven knows, exploring everything around you allows you to read between the lines and to begin to answer your questions. Why is there an old, abandoned farmhouse – complete with white picket fence – in the middle of an alien landscape? You’ll find out. From this point on the story becomes your story.” (Kickstarter)

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I’m not going to lie, I expect a lot from this game. With such big boots to fill, I’m glad they’ve branched out with a fresh idea. With a targeted release date for mid to late 2015, (available on both Mac OS and Windows). There’s a lot of time for speculation and research, but Cyan will undoubtedly remain staunchly tight-lipped about their story-arch, and so they should.

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So what can be expected from Cyan? An uncompromisingly free journey, which challenges you with a range of puzzles, that tests you with varying degrees of difficulties. Beautiful landscapes and environments, utilising the Unreal 4 engine, and a musical score that adds to the overall feel of the game, one that adds to the immersion and doesn’t detract from the overall package. Oh yeah, and a kicker of a story.

Fan of more plot than not? Hate being boxed in by game that tells you what to do? This may very well be your ‘jam’. One that’ll drop kick you out of Kansas, without Toto and no clue to what you should do. If you’ve not visited their Kickstarter yet, make it a page that you’ll look at soon. Like most Kickstarters, if it’s a game you know you’ll love, it’s a great investment and will probably save you a few quid on the game.
I’m all for supporting Indies, this is one that I’ll keep an eye on, and it’s something definitely worth waiting for.

Quotes and images directly sourced from Cyan’s Kickstarter Page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction?ref=friends_backed

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