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Monday, February 26, 2001

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8:33 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Cyan released their full-3D remake of the classic Myst, known as realMYST, for the PC last fall; understandably many Mac users are wondering where our version is after all this time. More than just a remake, realMYST uses a photorealistic 3D engine to render the scenes of this classic game in realtime, instead of the prerendered static images of the original. The Mac version of realMYST was originally planned to be completed by the end of the year, then the first quarter of 2001 -- but now the release date may slip even further into the future. The excellent fan site Riven Unofficial Home Page has confirmed Cyan is still trying to get performance on G3's to an acceptable level (thus allowing the iMac using crowd to play this title). Here's the scoop from site operator Jim Stephenson:

This week I checked with Cyan and here's what they said: "Since several of us here at Cyan are Mac people, having only Macs at home and at work, we're anxious to see realMYST released on the Mac too. We don't have a set date for when the Mac version will be ready, just as soon as we can get the performance at an acceptable level (at the moment it is not performing acceptably on the G3s, we're doing our best to change that.) As soon as it's ready, playable, stable, fast, wonderful, etc. we'll get it out the door."
This may be such an issue because the 3D engine Cyan bought to use in realMYST was originally PC-only, which means they've had to simultaneously port this engine to the Mac OS while developing the game itself. As Mac users will note, real-time 3D engines such as those used in games like Quake and Unreal often need a lot of optimization to run well on lower-end G3's. realMYST's engine adds another level of detail beyond those engines, and isn't a speed champ even on high-end PCs. But it is good to hear Cyan hasn't forgotten us, and we'll keep you posted as progress updates concerning realMYST are announced.

Cyan Web Site
Riven Unofficial Home Page

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