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Obduction

Cyan takes to Kickstarter with Obduction

New title from the makes of Myst and Riven asks for $1.1 million.

  • Text: Bengt Lemne
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The next veteran game studio to take to Kickstarter is Cyan, makers of the Myst series, who propose something called Obduction. An adventure game that has a lot of themes in common with the Myst series, but takes place in a different world and universe.

"Obduction is an all-new, real-time, first-person adventure that harkens back to the spirit of Cyan's earlier games Myst and Riven. Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of."

Cyan are asking for $1.1 million - a large sum in crowdfunding - but this is also an ambitious looking game. With a strong community and following they were off to a fast start with almost a quarter of a million collected from just under 5,000 backers within the first 20 hours.

The game makes use of Epic's Unreal 4 Engine and with the base money Cyan are targeting PC and Mac - no word on next-gen console ports, but one has to assume that might be future stretch goals.

One thing that really set Myst apart from other games at the time was its focus on exploration and narrative through environment. Obduction is much the same and this is what Cyan write about story:

"Obduction's experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. 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).

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."

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The delivery date is set for October 2015 and if you're interested in the project you should head over to the Kickstarter page.

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