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November 2003

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Nov

Warcry.com has interviewed Uru Community Manager Katie Postma, known within the Myst community as Kha'tie. In this detailed Q&A she discusses the ideas and philosophy shared between Cyan's previous games Riven and Myst III and connects them to the conception and eventual design of Uru itself. The singleplayer and multiplayer aspects of Uru are also discussed in detail. Read the interview here.

 

Warcry: First Mudpie, then Myst Online, then Uru Live: Can you relate to us a little of the back-story on the progression of the design document for Uru, and how it's come to be in the state that it's in today?

 

Kha'tie: Although I'm a latecomer to the "inside" of the production of Uru, I closely followed it whenever I could, through interviews and chats with Cyantists. I know that Rand and Cyan wanted to tell more about the story of the D'ni, and that the potential for exploration was infinite. Instead of continuing to package up a finite number of ages into one box and let you explore in little chunks, they wanted us to feel we were at our leisure to continue discovering ages as the DRC unearthed them and ensured they were safe for us all. What we have now is a real-time expedition. URU - you are you - you pack your things and head off to the desert, where you'll find the entrance to D'ni - and from there, you can travel any number of branches. No one will have the exact same experience. There's nothing linear about Uru. What becomes of the D'ni legacy and their ages is, ultimately, up to us all.

 



13

Nov

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, the fourth in the best-selling Myst series and the first massively multiplayer adventure game, has been featured in this week's issue of Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Video Games of 2003. The list covers all platforms and includes games such as Karaoke Revolution and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Uru is the only adventure game on the list.

Uru is scheduled for release in North America tomorrow, November 14th. The full text of the Time article can be found here.



13

Nov

We have posted three new screenshots from Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Check them out in our gallery.



12

Nov

StratosGroup has interviewed Philippe Gaudé, the producer for the upcoming adventure Jack the Ripper. Read the full interview over at StratosGroup.

 

SG: Setting the game in early twentieth-century New York and focusing on a serial killer will certainly make for a dark game, both visually and thematically. How important is setting the right mood for an adventure game?

 

PG: It is as important as in a movie. I think adventure games will have more and more in common with motion pictures, as they are very story and character focused. Players want to be emotionally involved in a game. The day someone tells me “you know, this game was so touching I cried,” I would say we’ve reached a new stage in adventure gaming.

 



11

Nov

Legacy Interactive announced today that in the Holiday spirit of giving, they will be launching their first ever sweepstakes. In celebration with the recent launch of their newest title, Law & Order II: Double or Nothing, one lucky gamer will have the chance to win a brand new laptop.

“Thousands of you have gone from amateurs to top-notch sleuths, cracking the case with help from Lennie Briscoe and the rest of the Law & Order team,” said Ariella Lehrer, President of Legacy Interactive. “We are very excited about the growth of the Law & Order franchise and really want to thank our loyal fans with a chance to win a new computer.”

The winners will be given the choice between a Toshiba Satellite PC notebook or a G4 Mac iBook. For more info, see Legacy's website.



11

Nov

Ubisoft today announced an online chat with Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds, to discuss Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, the latest addition to the Myst saga. In addition, other members of the Cyan team may also join in the chat.

The hour-long chat will allow fans worldwide to ask questions, gain more insight, and celebrate the launch of the game. The chat will take place at Ubisoft's website, at November 12th from 12:00 p.m. (PST) to 1:00 p.m. (PST).



11

Nov

Gamer's Hell has just announced that UbiSoft has released the demo to Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, offering adventure gamers a taste of this innovative title with a Myst pedigree. The demo weighs in at 109.5MB and can be downloaded here.



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