Myst III: Exile Previews
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"Gold" copies of Myst III: Exile seem to be making the rounds of the PC sites, and they are sqeezing in previews in the few short weeks before this title ships. Both GameSpot and Daily Radar have posted short previews of the adventure title developed by Presto Studios, a "threequel" in the series begun by the now-classic title MYST.
The GameSpot hilights a particular issue that has been quite controversial from the beginning -- namely, that this Myst is not the work of Cyan or the Miller brothers, but of Presto Studios. While Presto is a well-respected innovator in the genre (they created the Journeyman Project series), diehard fans may be suspect of a title that doesn't have the Cyan stamp on it. Here is an excerpt on the complex web behind this creation:
Click for full size imageWhen it comes to Myst III: Exile, however, the single biggest reason for the long hiatus between it and Riven is that the franchise has gone through some turbulent changes. Three different companies--Mattel, The Learning Company, and Ubi Soft--have held the rights to the Myst and Riven product line over the last several years. That state of flux brought unique stumbling blocks to the development of Exile, says Dan Irish, Ubi Soft's producer for the game. He also oversaw the development of Myst Masterpiece, realMyst, and Myst IV (yes, it's already in the works). "With every change came a new set of challenges and standards that needed to be met, in addition to my own," notes Irish. "Educating the top executives from each of the various companies became a regular event during the development of Myst III: Exile." And like the Millers--who longtime fans might be disappointed to learn had virtually no involvement in the game's development--Irish was dedicated to making Exile a top-quality product.Daily Radar took a more straightforward approach, and they offer a summary of the game's features and setting as well as several new screen shots. There are also comments on the technology and other innovations behind the title, though not much new information is revealed.
Myst III Delayed Until Fall for Europe
Myst III: Exile is expected the first or second week of May, for Mac and PC. As IMG reported previously, that date is for the US release; the European release will be delayed until September to localize the game for several languages.
Myst III: Exile Preview at Daily Radar
Myst III: Exile Preview at GameSpot
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