New and Expanded Features Revealed for Highly-Anticipated Uru: Ages Beyond MYST; Next MYST Saga to Offer Both Offline Single-Player Experience and Evolving Online Persistent World.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2003
Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, and Cyan Worlds, Inc., developers of the legendary MYST(R) and Riven(TM), today announced more details about Uru(TM): Ages Beyond MYST(R), the eagerly-awaited game for the PC that combines an all new addition to the legendary MYST franchise with the power of the Internet. Uru is the latest chapter in the MYST series -- one of the most widely recognized game brands in history, with more than 12 million units sold worldwide. It is scheduled to launch for Holiday 2003.
Uru, from the creators of the original MYST and Riven, represents a new generation of adventure games. In Uru, you'll not only spend hours discovering vast, visually arresting worlds and solving mind-challenging puzzles, but by subscribing to Uru Live, you'll also take part in a unique social experience within an ever-expanding world.
"Uru is a revolutionary adventure game that takes the best qualities of the MYST franchise and makes them even better. The single-player experience will eclipse the beauty, grandeur and mind-challenging elements of previous titles. Plus, with the option to join a constantly updated, online universe, the adventure never has to end," said Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds. "From new machines and puzzles to special events and entirely new Ages, players will find more to do, more to see, and more to explore each time they return -- and this time, they can discover everything with old and new friends."
With Uru, players will have the opportunity to explore and interact with meticulously crafted 3D environments in, around and beyond the newly discovered underground D'ni empire that predates human civilization on Earth. Intuitive and easy to play, Uru will appeal to gamers of all ages and skill levels. An intriguing storyline unfolds as players explore surreal environments, gather clues, solve puzzles, play mini-games, and unlock new areas to investigate. In addition to the single-player experience, subscribers to the online universe will be able to join and create small neighborhoods, embark on adventures with friends and join the crowd in the sprawling D'ni city - while using real-time voice chat to communicate with each other.
"Ten years ago, MYST brought gaming to the masses. By using cutting-edge technology to reinvent adventure gaming, we're making sure that Uru will appeal to a broad audience that includes long-time fans of the series, casual gamers, and devotees of both single-player and online games," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "And just as MYST broke new ground when it first appeared, Uru is a revolutionary adventure game that combines the amazing features of the more traditional single-player game with a stunning, surreal, 'never-the-same-thing-twice,' persistent online universe."
The story of the D'ni civilization began when they established their underground empire on Earth some 10,000 years ago. While living beneath the Earth's surface, the D'ni practiced a technology called the "Art of Writing" to create links to incredible alternate worlds of fantastic variety called "Ages," to which they could travel through "Linking Books." During that time, a group of D'ni traveled to the surface of what is now southern New Mexico, connecting our world and theirs.
The D'ni people below thrived for thousands of years, but later met with a great catastrophe that ended their civilization. The vast underground cities of the D'ni were left uninhabited and their Linking Book technology seemed lost forever -- until now.
PC users will be able to enjoy Uru: Ages Beyond MYST. Owners of the boxed game will be able to subscribe to Uru Live through ubi.com, one of the world's top ten gaming portals. Pricing and other details for both the boxed product and Uru Live are not yet available. For more information about the game visit http://uru.ubi.com/.
(C)2003 Ubi Soft Entertainment
Uru(TM): Ages Beyond MYST(R)
Copyright (C) 2003 Cyan Worlds, Inc. Published by Ubi Soft Entertainment, S.A. All Rights Reserved. Ubi Soft and the Ubi Soft logo are trademarks of Ubi Soft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Uru (TM), Cyan(R), and MYST(R) are trademarks of Cyan, Inc. and Cyan Worlds, Inc. under license to Ubi Soft Entertainment.
About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably, as has Ubi Soft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubi Soft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubi Soft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.
About Cyan Worlds, Inc.
Cyan Worlds, Inc., located in Spokane, Washington, is best known for MYST and Riven which received numerous awards, critical acclaim and broad popularity. Cyan has been designing and building immersive, interactive worlds since 1987. They currently employ over 40 designers, programmers and artists. For more information about Cyan Worlds, visit www.cyanworlds.com.
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