‘Myst’ TV Show In Production
If you’re over the age of 25, then you surely remember the point-&-click adventure game Myst for the PC, and some other older consoles. If you owned it, chances are it was one of the first, if not THE first, CD ROM game in your collection. During it’s 1993 release, it was noted for its “realistic” graphics, combined with full-motion video sequences, and one of the most successful to include those features to this day. In fact it was such a huge hit, it was the most popular PC game ever, up until The Sims stole the crown in 2002.
For it’s time, Myst was considered to include an extensive story. It had again, full motion video sequences along with dialog — something only a few games had achieved up to that point. Players took control of “The Stranger,” who entered a mysterious world, through a book, filled with puzzles and few clues. As the player progressed through each brain-buster, it would start to unlock elements of the fictional world’s past.
The original creators of the video game are trying to make the Myst universe relevant once again, but this time using a different entertainment medium. According to Deadline, Cyan Worlds — the makers of game — has inked a deal with movie distributor Legendary Pictures (Godzilla), to develop a TV show.
“Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media,” read a statement from Cyan.
“Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level.”
Cyan also plans on developing a new Myst video game that works in conjunction with this newly announced TV show. While viewers visit the Myst universe thanks the show, they’ll also be able to interact with that same world on their mobile device. A pretty interesting concept, if you ask me, but they wouldn’t be the first. Back in 2013, Ubisoft, along with Microsoft, worked with Nickelodeon to develop a Raving Rabbids game that worked with a TV show with the same name. However, it was slammed by its basic controls and premise, which probably stems from the fact it was marketed towards younger kids.