A couple of weeks ago, the folks at Cyan started teasing fans with a photo of a book with the word “Myst” on the cover, a post-it note with the number 25 written on it and a pen. The number was easy to figure out, at least – this year is the 25th anniversary of the release of the first Myst game. But what about the rest of the cryptic message? Well, they’ve finally released an official statement to go along with the image, announcing they’re going to update and port all of the Myst games to Windows 10.
Say what you will about the games (there does seem to be a sizeable portion of the population that doesn’t enjoy them, but there’s something fundamentally wrong with these people, obviously), but you can’t deny their cult classic status. The ability to play them on modern systems will allow a lot of people to experience them for the first time. It will also help save them from oblivion – especially the few entries Ubisoft holds the rights to. The first two (and the last one) have been available on GOG for a while now, but easy, legal access to Exile and Revelation has been absent for a decade or so.
On the flipside, don’t expect remasters or anything. The effort seems to be aimed solely at getting these games running on the cursed wretch that is Windows 10. The source files for the first two games have been lost for a while now, so there’s literally no way to remaster them.
The blog post also mentions a physical release of the entire collection in a “unique package with a cool artifact”. No word on the specifics yet, like price and release date, and also not a single mention of the Uru games. Do they count as part of the series in this sense?