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Online Letter from Myst Online Team (May 4, 2007):
    Dear Myst Online fans,

    It has been more than two months since Myst Online was launched and the cavern is still buzzing with activity. Behind the scenes, we've been focusing on expanding the Myst Online universe with continuous content and Age updates, improving the technology, and listening to you – the fans.

    Now, we're pleased to announce that we're ready to move on to the next phase.

    Based on your feedback and in-game actions, we are making some big improvements. Starting with the next update, we are making the move to regularly scheduled episodic content release. By having a set schedule of updates, players can be ready when major events will be happening in the cavern. That means that the release of all of an episode's content and story (e.g. new Ages, pages, clothing, character interaction, story revelations, artifacts and intrigue) will be packed within a single week each month, rather than spreading out the releases over the entire month.

    Between episodes, feel free to take a deep breath, talk amongst yourselves, delve into the new content more deeply, create your own events, explore with your friends, discuss and dissect everything that took place, and prepare for the next episode.

    This change will take place immediately and our new episode "Scars" will begin on Saturday, May 19th. The beginning is over. Everything in the cavern is about to change. This episode’s highlights include:

    • The D'ni Restoration Council (DRC), often criticized for being "overly cautious," is stunned when their caution and control is unable to save the life of someone very close.
    • A never-before-seen new Age is released featuring a vast landscape with hours of unique game play to solve by yourself or with friends.
    • The first hints of an impending conflict emerge and the repercussions will change the course of the restoration forever.

    We couldn't have gotten here without you! Thank you so much for being a vital part of our world.

    The Myst Online Team

    Contributed by Jeanne (76400) on May 08, 2007.

GameTap Overview Page:
    Prepare to embark on an amazing, never-ending adventure filled with wondrous new worlds to explore and captivating puzzles to solve. Ever changing, Myst Online: Uru Live evolves every day. The game expands and adapts based on the choices and actions of you and other players, so you never know what tomorrow will bring. Join in, explore, and help forge an entirely new Myst story: yours.

    Content may mature with interactive exchange. GameTap recommends ages 10 and up.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76400) on Apr 20, 2007.

Press Release (Mar. 20, 2007):

    Myst Online: Uru Live comes to Intel Macs

    GameTap today announced the release of "Myst Online: Uru Live" for the Mac platform in tandem with its latest content additions. Using technology from TransGaming Inc., Intel-based Mac users can now take part in the same massively multiplayer "Myst Online: Uru Live" experience as their PC counterparts, including all of the regularly added features, destinations, and missions. The company said that Mac users can experience the adventure and puzzle-solving elements and "visually-stunning" worlds of "Myst Online: Uru Live" via TransGaming's Cider portability engine which enables PC games to run on the Intel-based Macs. Additionally, new content and upgrades to "Myst Online: Uru Live" will be simultaneous and transparent to users on both Mac and PC platforms.

    "Myst Online: Uru Live has been the number one game on GameTap since its launch in February," said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vice president of content. "So we are thrilled this new audience can experience GameTap's original content."

    Recently fans were able to explore a new Age as part of GameTap's commitment to providing players with a constant stream of never-before-seen content. In this latest Age, explorers visited one of the pods that the D'ni once used. The pod, set in a stunning jungle environment, appears to have primarily been used to safely observe the exotic wildlife in its natural habitat - a sort of "reverse zoo." However, it contains some features that aren't entirely understood yet, so it's up to the players to unravel this latest mystery.

    "Traditionally, Mac users have been very strong supporters of the legendary Myst franchise," said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming. "We are very excited to be working with GameTap to bring this title back to that group of core fans."

    Both PC and Mac players can explore yet another dynamic new area that launched last week, as the Myst Online universe and story continues to expand and evolve. Dereno is a beautiful, arctic environment that features another mysterious pod for players to explore.

    The online gaming experience requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later along with an Intel-based Mac. A free limited trial offers five -selected levels and 4 games of a user's choice, while an introductory offer offers $1 membership for the first month and pricing as low as $7 thereafter.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76400) on Mar 22, 2007.

Press Release (Feb. 14, 2007):

    Gametap launches MYST ONLINE: URU LIVE
    and ushers in all-new massively multiplayer online gaming experience

    ATLANTA – February 14, 2007 – GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced that “Myst Online: Uru Live” will officially open its doors Thursday, February 15. Published by GameTap and developed by Cyan Worlds, “Myst Online: Uru Live” is the most recent addition to the GameTap Originals label. This latest installment of the best-selling Myst franchise introduces all-new Ages and puzzles while fusing the social concepts of a traditional massively multiplayer online game with mystery and problem-solving facets. Consumers can now visit www.gametap.com/mystonline to take advantage of a free trial offer and enjoy “Myst Online: Uru Live”.

    " 'Myst Online: Uru Live’ is the most ambitious Myst experience we’ve ever created," says Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds and co-creator of Myst. "By developing an interactive, online world driven by intrigue and exploration instead of violence, massively multiplayer online gamers now have a choice unlike any of the other options."

    For the first time ever in the Myst universe, a player’s choices, actions, and experiences will help drive the ongoing storyline which expands and adapts on a continual basis. This new adventure-driven take on the massively multiplayer online game genre features the ongoing release of new content, including all-new Ages and puzzles. As players act and react to their surroundings and each other, a new Myst story will be told.

    Keeping with tradition, “Myst Online: Uru Live” combines all of the classic adventure and puzzle-solving elements and visually-stunning worlds that made Myst the top-selling franchise of its time and among the most critically-acclaimed games of the 20th century.

    “Myst Online: Uru Live” includes elements unique to the Myst franchise, including books used to teleport, exploration through wondrous, immersive new Ages; and mind-challenging puzzles to solve either as a group or alone. The title also includes all of the key social features like text and voice chat that make today’s massively multiplayer online games so popular.

    “The evolving storyline of ‘Myst Online: Uru Live’ makes it an ideal addition to our GameTap Originals line-up of episodic games,” said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap’s vice president of content. “Also, thanks to our extensive catalog of more than 800 games, subscribers who might not have experienced the previous Myst titles are able to do so very easily and at no extra cost.”

    “Myst Online: Uru Live” was created exclusively for GameTap and is available to GameTap subscribers in the United States and Canada. It will also be available via direct download to consumers and in select countries around the world. Expanding beyond computer borders as well, “Myst Online: Uru Live” will be available for Mac users later this spring. To sign up for the Mac beta program or to view the list of international countries Myst Online is currently available in, please visit www.gametap.com/mystonline.

    To register for GameTap and experience “Myst Online: Uru Live”, visit www.gametap.com where you can sign up for just 99 cents for the first month.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76400) on Mar 15, 2007.