It’s been a long, long time coming. But after a long Kickstarter campaign, troubles with publishers, delays and just about everything else, the makers of the Myst series have finally released the spiritual successor to the iconic first-person puzzle series.
Gamers donated more than $1.8 million to Cyan back in 2013. It was meant to be a grand return to form for Cyan, a studio with a long history of running into difficulty with publishers at the last minute.
Unfortunately, history repeated itself. Not long before the game’s original deadline was due to be hit, Cyan announced to backers that they had to downsize the scope of Obduction after their would-be publisher reneged on a prior agreement.
That was in October last year and a lot can change in nearly 10 months. Fortunately, development on the game continued. And lo and behold, almost a year after the game was originally scheduled for release, Obduction is out on Steam for almost $40 ($US29.99).
Those hoping for Mac support should be pleased to know that it’s coming out shortly, although those who backed the Kickstarter will get early access to that. A Oculus Rift-supported port is also in the works, with Cyan saying that “it needs a bit more optimisations and some UI polishing”.
There’s no word on when the VR version is coming out, nor whether it’ll be playable with the HTC Vive down the road.