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Myst Online to be closed

Myst Online to be closed

There is only 60 days left until Myst Online is closed down completely.

Just a matter of days before the one-year anniversary of it's launch, Myst Online: Uru Live is being closed down.

The game is being closed down by GameTap, probably because it just isn't financially viable any longer. In a genre where everybody either plays World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings: Online, it must have been hard for Myst Online to find a sustainable niche.

The news was given to fans by an apologetic Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's Vice President of Content and Creative Director, who announced that fans have 60 days left before the servers are shut down.

Sanchez was clear that Cyan Worlds, the game's developer, will remain a valued partner with GameTap though and that new projects are in the works.

"Cyan is still a very valued partner of GameTap, we are on excellent terms, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future," said Ricardo Sanchez.

So - that's it. All your grinding, head-scratching and effort will come to a fruitless end and your characters will disappear like...tears in the rain.

Were you a long-time Myst fan, or were you oblivious even to the existence of such a game? Let us know in the forums.

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Almightyrastus 6th February 2008, 09:30 Quote
Such a shame, i have been playing this on and off as well as its predecesor Uru. I am a huge myst fan, played through all the games at least twice each, some a lot more. Still, if they can't keep it viable financially then I gues they have to let it go.:(
Tyinsar 6th February 2008, 09:39 Quote
That's one problem with MMOs, users have no options when the developer pulls the plug. I'm just glad I'm done 2 of 3 campaigns in Guild Wars (also halfway through the other & the expansion).
SinxarKnights 6th February 2008, 09:40 Quote
I am gonna be totally honest, I have never even played MIST. That type of game just didn't appeal to me at all. I remember when this started up and was thinking about playing it. But time flies by and there is no real marketing of the game and it just disappears from most peoples radar.
Bauul 6th February 2008, 12:31 Quote
Honestly? I was totally oblivious to the game. How did it work? Did you have characters that teleported from one section of a room to the next, and spent lots of time staring at small sections of wall?
Bluephoenix 6th February 2008, 15:14 Quote
this is the precise reason I do not play MMOs

servers get reset, or it becomes dead financially and all the time goes down the drain.

another good example is BF2, eventually it will die, and the stats will be gone, so all those who put time and effort into it will have lost that. (in BF2's case, it'll probably be a patch that makes everyone 4 star and have all the unlocks, and leave it to the dedicated communities to support it.)
Bauul 6th February 2008, 16:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
this is the precise reason I do not play MMOs

servers get reset, or it becomes dead financially and all the time goes down the drain.

another good example is BF2, eventually it will die, and the stats will be gone, so all those who put time and effort into it will have lost that. (in BF2's case, it'll probably be a patch that makes everyone 4 star and have all the unlocks, and leave it to the dedicated communities to support it.)

Forgive me for my old-fashioned view points, but surely the point of playing MMOs is not to achieve some statistic, but to have fun? I'm pretty sure most people play it more for the enjoyment of playing it than stacking up artificial numbers.
dire_wolf 6th February 2008, 16:09 Quote
Played the original years ago, then played uru (which was enough to put me off the franchise for good)

Can't say i'm upset, this sort of game was good in the days of lands of lore/7th guest but compared to whats out now it'd bore most people ****less
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Forgive me for my old-fashioned view points, but surely the point of playing MMOs is not to achieve some statistic, but to have fun? I'm pretty sure most people play it more for the enjoyment of playing it than stacking up artificial numbers.

HA! People take MMOs way too seriously, take wow for example, theres a lot of players that grind endlessly for days for 'numbers'
DXR_13KE 6th February 2008, 16:37 Quote
i have a hint for MMO makers.... make a futuristic or near modern environment with lots of things to do and i will play it, i am kind of sick and tired of this "middle earth" theme.......
Cobalt 6th February 2008, 17:47 Quote
Erm... Tabula Rasa, Hellgate, Anarchy Online, EVE I could go on. There are plenty of games which fit your description, if you didn't like those then MMOs probably aren't the genre for you.
Bungle 6th February 2008, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
i have a hint for MMO makers.... make a futuristic or near modern environment with lots of things to do and i will play it, i am kind of sick and tired of this "middle earth" theme.......
A MMO based on the Shadowrun world would be awesome.
dire_wolf 6th February 2008, 19:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cobalt
Erm... Tabula Rasa, Hellgate, Anarchy Online, EVE I could go on. There are plenty of games which fit your description, if you didn't like those then MMOs probably aren't the genre for you.

QFT
koola 6th February 2008, 20:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Just days before the one-year anniversary of the MMO, Myst Online: Uru Live is being closed down. Fans have just sixty days of adventure left.

I'm sure that should read:

Just days before the one-year anniversary of the MMO, Myst Online: Uru Live is being closed down. Emulator devs have just sixty days of programming left.
DXR_13KE 6th February 2008, 21:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cobalt
Erm... Tabula Rasa, Hellgate, Anarchy Online, EVE I could go on. There are plenty of games which fit your description, if you didn't like those then MMOs probably aren't the genre for you.

i am more in the market for "Infinity".......
DriftCarl 7th February 2008, 01:15 Quote
It is such a shame that they don't release the code for these games when they die. Its a huge waste. If I was a developer of an MMO and it died either due to costing too much, the company that runs it went bust or other reasons, I would certainly want my work to still be enjoyed.

About Myst Online, i never knew it eisted, i did a youtube search and to be honest it didnt look too exciting anyway. was described as a "2nd life with a pretty background".
chiper136 7th February 2008, 02:16 Quote
I first played myst on a bloody old mac. The series was amazingly well told and really just visually beautiful as a fantasy world. For those of you that have yet to play it i recommend it, though dated graphically its still a good game.

However i do feel it went downhill from number 4 onwards. Ubisoft just murdered the 5th one by taking away the whole point of myst and using only CG. Upsetting. I never really likes the idea of URU as Myst was about you, this unnamed person who has slipped into the world, with other around the illusion is shattered, unlike say WOW where the experiance is a shared one.
Sparrowhawk 7th February 2008, 03:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
(in BF2's case, it'll probably be a patch that makes everyone 4 star and have all the unlocks, and leave it to the dedicated communities to support it.)

What I to this day can't understand, is why large companies (EA are you listening?) don't donate old games to the open source community to maintain. Battlefield 2 is a good example. It's dying a slow death due to neglect - no new patches, no new maps, no new content. Why not come up with some sort of agreement where the codebase is maintained by OSS volunteers, while EA still gets to rake in cash from game sales and Ranked Server Program fees? Cause you know if even half of the BF2 bugs were fixed people would play it more, and EA would still have some control over their work.

And we all know Myst MMO's would be a great thing to be open sourced.
CardJoe 7th February 2008, 08:29 Quote
Outlaws - now that was a great multiplayer game.
salesman 7th February 2008, 15:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix

another good example is BF2, eventually it will die, and the stats will be gone, so all those who put time and effort into it will have lost that. (in BF2's case, it'll probably be a patch that makes everyone 4 star and have all the unlocks, and leave it to the dedicated communities to support it.)

That would be awesome when it happens.
Tyinsar 7th February 2008, 17:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
It is such a shame that they don't release the code for these games when they die. Its a huge waste. If I was a developer of an MMO and it died either due to costing too much, the company that runs it went bust or other reasons, I would certainly want my work to still be enjoyed. ...
I'm sure that many would find a new audience if they sold a package where you could create your own server or run it entirely locally (once the official servers die).
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Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk
What I to this day can't understand, is why large companies (EA are you listening?) don't donate old games to the open source community to maintain. ... where the codebase is maintained by OSS volunteers ...
Because once the source is out there they would lose a lot of potential revenue to the OSS community. I like the idea you suggest but I don't think it's likely to happen.
knuck 7th February 2008, 18:31 Quote
No wonder the game died , I had never heard of it (the mmo one, that is) which proves it was under exposed
completemadness 8th February 2008, 03:39 Quote
i hadnt heard of it either, This reminds me of Asherons Call 2 - ofc that was much older at the time (like 5 years or something)

They should release the server code for any MMO that is closed down >_<

Edit
The AC2 shutdown is 1 of the biggest reasons i refuse to touch another Turbine Game (like LOTR)
They can go burn in hell for being a bunch of ..... </rant>
miller 9th July 2013, 15:24 Quote
Exhumed this thread

If you liked the Myst, Uru games this might interest you, if you hated the games and many did (some of the toughest puzzle games ever) you probably read the title and ran away screaming and won't be reading this :D

Myst Online Uru Live is back and it's free to play, I've only been playing for a few days so I'm not up to speed on it all but Cyan run a server and do occasionally update the game but they have also released most of the code so there are also fan based servers and what seems like a big, dedicated fan base who work on the game.

There are many helpful people in game that are more than willing to help out if you get stuck and many meeting places in game, seems like quite a thriving community and they have obviously done a lot a of work as the game plays nicely at 1920 x 1080 which I'm not sure the original would have?
Almightyrastus 9th July 2013, 15:59 Quote
There are rare occasions when thread necromancy is justified.

Thanks for the heads up on this, going to have to take a look at this later tonight.
Tyinsar 9th July 2013, 16:28 Quote
My first thought was what noob necro'd a >5 year old thread? But:
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Originally Posted by Almightyrastus
There are rare occasions when thread necromancy is justified.

Thanks for the heads up on this, going to have to take a look at this later tonight.
gog.com just had the original Myst games on sale and I picked those up just because I had never played them (despite all the hype when they were new). I might have to take a look at this just for fun. ;)
miller 9th July 2013, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
My first thought was what noob necro'd a >5 year old thread? But:

Your welcome :D

I am quite nostalgic over the Myst series especially the original game as it was the first real game I played on a PC, the recent RealMYST in 3D is also worth playing.
Almightyrastus 9th July 2013, 22:20 Quote
I think my favourite has to be Myst 3. Bit of a controversial choice to some but i love the way it looks, sure it isn't as long or as difficult as some of the others (Riven for length...) but it is the one i have replayed the most.
Tyinsar 10th July 2013, 00:27 Quote
Got this: http://www.gog.com/promo/library_of_myst for $9.45 :D
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Originally Posted by miller
Your welcome :D

I am quite nostalgic over the Myst series especially the original game as it was the first real game I played on a PC, the recent RealMYST in 3D is also worth playing.
Good to know.

P.S.
Your means belonging to you. As in: Your reply should have started with "You're".
You're means you are. As in: You're using "your" incorrectly :p
miller 10th July 2013, 01:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Got this: http://www.gog.com/promo/library_of_myst for $9.45 :D

Good to know.

P.S.
Your means belonging to you. As in: Your reply should have started with "You're".
You're means you are. As in: You're using "your" incorrectly :p


All of them for $9.45! B) That will keep you going for a while :)
You're right :D
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