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Friday, April 13, 2001

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Myst III Delayed Until Fall for Europe
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IMG writer Chris Morin discovered a press release yesterday that might bear quite disappointing news for those of you viewing this site from European soil. While Myst III: Exile has been declared "golden master" for PC and is expected in early May, those on the other side of the Big Pond will not see this much-lauded sequel until September of this year. The reason behind the delay is, interestingly enough, lingual -- they want to release the Euro version will the localization for major European languages all at once, rather than force non-English speakers to wait until later; and of course there is also the issue of testing compatibility with the many other-lanuage versions of Windows and Mac OS. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

Myst III: Exile is guaranteed to appeal to all. The vivid worlds are beautifully pre-rendered and—thanks to Presto’s revolutionary propriety engine, which makes full use of both pre-rendered backgrounds and real-time 3D technology—seamlessly blended together in real-time as players look around. The locations and story are fascinating but never alienating, and considerable time was spent thinking through the different directions of the game, so that no matter what order puzzles are solved, the game can always progress.

Ubi Soft Entertainment will ship Myst III: Exile at the beginning of May in the US and the beginning of September in Europe. The current three-month delay between the US and European versions is due to efforts to release a fully localized version in European countries at the same time. In September 2001, all the consumers in Europe will have the opportunity to play Myst III : Exile in their own language.

That is actually a four-month delay, but we will forgive their obsession with the number three. Also note that Ubi Soft is the European publisher, while Activision is the US publisher. For more information on this title, be sure to read our in-depth preview.

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