It’s not often we get to visit crowd-funded projects for videogames on Indie Spotlight, but when the creators of Myst and Riven plan to launch a new game, that news definitely warrants some attention. Cyan, Inc., best known for the above-mentioned games that featured an immersive and interactive environment, is looking to develop Obduction, a spiritual successor to their previous efforts. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Myst’s release, it’s the perfect time to bring a new vision to gamers everywhere. Hit the jump to find out more.
Hat tip to The Mary Sue for bringing Obduction to our attention. Rather than listening to me ramble on about the project, watch the following video to get an idea as to the look of the game, as well as a description by Cyan’s Rand Miller. Be sure to head over to the Kickstarter page for much more.
Ob`duc´tion, n.1. The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering.
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.
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.