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An all-new, immersive adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven.
An all-new, immersive adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven.
22,195 backers pledged $1,321,306 to help bring this project to life.

One year ago : Part 2


Hey, Obductees, 

Ryan here again.  The last update continued to ramble on, so I thought I'd break it up into two parts.  I've received some feedback that the last update "starts off reading like a "we're sorry, we've run out of money and the game is never going to happen." Let me assure you that is not the case!

Where are we now?  

I'm happy to say I can play through the full game in a very rough pre-pre-pre-alpha state. It doesn't look visually pretty yet, but it's there.  The core team has been working since May, and we continue to add new members every few months. We are trying to be very smart about the budget and decided to ramp up in stages instead of all at once. We will have more info about the team soon.  We also hope to update the Obduction website soon, but we now officially own YAY! The team just continues to work toward a release late next year.  We are excited to have you Obducted.  

Where are the rewards?  

As part of the Obduction Backer calendar, we stated that T-shirts would have already been sent to you.  Whoops!  Everything takes longer than expected, and because we want to keep the team small, everyone is taking on multiple roles. (Rand is even the maintainer of the Kickstarter/Paypal database code.)  This all to say, we are being very careful up front so we can provide you the best possible experience later.  Soon (in the next 2 weeks or so)  you will all receive a receipt from the campaign. Read over it, confirm that everything is correct. If everything is correct, we won't need you to write us back.  

Once we have 99% of the receipts at the level where we want them, then we will place the T-shirt order and ship them out to you.  

The delay also allows us to revisit the shirt design so it is something truly special - exclusively for the backers.  We will show you the new design soon.  


20th anniversary Myst Poster
20th anniversary Myst Poster

We are excited to announce that the Cyan Store is again open for business.  One of the first items we are selling is a very limited edition 20th anniversary Myst poster. You can order today!  

Other Obduction news  

Recently reporter Hayden Dingman came to Cyan to find out more information about the production of Obduction.  Next time I'll have to be a little more careful what I say.  (Not really, though.) The article is a great source of what we have been up to the last few months. It is a little spoilerish, so be prepared. Thank you, Hayden, for this great inside look.    

A Legendary deal  

Some of you might have already read the leaked story that Cyan Worlds signed a deal with Legendary. It is true. You can read more about it in this article.  

Rand also clarifies more of this deal in this article.

More thanks

In the last update I said, "we would get any friends / former co-workers of Cyan to help us create a successful pitch". I'm just going to link to those close individuals who helped the Kickstarter campaign.  

Many more friends and family helped me on a personal level. Thanks for supporting this dream.

Kicking it Forward

Elegy for a Dead World
Elegy for a Dead World

Everyone should check out this Kickstarter project from Dejobaan Games. You explore dead civilizations and then write about what you find. Fantastic! Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction? Back it on Kickstarter!  

Thanks for reading, and I hope to write again soon,  

Ryan Warzecha - Obduction Project Manager

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    1. Cyan, Inc. Creator on

      Paul - Leftovers from 1997. We are almost out of the Sunner and Village one.. less then 100 left. I'll update the website soon. We hope to do a reprinting, though don't know when that might be.

    2. Daniel on

      Those posters aren't limited for a reason: they will print more.

    3. Robe Stout on

      5? I only wanted one!

    4. Robe Stout on

      No more Riven - Hive :(

    5. Paul Melampy on

      I have to wonder where these posters came from. Did they do a new printing or are these leftovers that they forgot about.

      Either way I'm happy with what I got.

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      Robert Gonzalez on

      Making the polite request to produce more posters. Riven - Hive was first to sell out but luckily I got the others. You've got some hot items!

    7. Helena on

      So... the game is bigger than Riven? And has some gameplay elements similar to Riven? *does happy dance* Sounding better and better!

    8. Mr_FJ on

      Why didn't you give a bit more warning, before the limited poster went up? I received the mail while sleeping, and by the time I woke up, they were all sold out :(

      I really wanted that poster :'(

    9. Cyan, Inc. Creator on

      @Sleet - We will continue to refine and add and cut, but it feels good to be this far.

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      Thanks, Ryan, for writing all of that up! It's awesome to hear that the game is coded and just needs to be made pretty!

    11. Daniel on

      First time I buy a poster. I had been waiting a long time for this.

    12. Tradley Sasser on

      Posters? A TV show? Elegy?

    13. Honelith on

      Loving these updates, please keep them coming. :)

    14. Paul Melampy on

      Never mind. 300 copies only! Super awesome! I get so further support my favorite company, AND I get exclusive stuff!!!!!

    15. Andrew on

      Ohh man, I have been wanting Myst/Riven posters for YEARS. Finally! Ordered one of each. Thanks! :)

    16. Paul Melampy on

      Super cool posters!! But just how limited is the limited poster?

    17. Cyan, Inc. Creator on

      20x30 realMyst/20th Anniversary
      20x28 Riven - Villa
      20x28 Riven - Hive
      28x20 Riven - Sunner Lagoon

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      CLM on

      Terrific update! I just spent a super enjoyable hour with all the links!

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      mistic100 on

      Isn't it possible to add a economic shipping option ?
      I'm sure there is cheaper than $25 for France

    20. Cyan, Inc. Creator on

      Getting the dimensions of the posters and will update the site. Myst 20th poster is 20 inches by 30 inches. - Ryan

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      Aaron Light on

      "Let me assure you that is not the case!" Thank goodness! Your wording on the previous post was a bit vague... ;)

    22. Fuzzy Puffin on

      Wow, I've never bought a few posters faster in my life.

      What are their dimensions? (20th anniversary and Hive). Must get frames!