‘Myst’ creator Cyan reaches $1.1M Kickstarter goal for new game ‘Obduction’

obduction1Cyan, the Spokane-based company best known for successful titles like Myst and Riven, just surpassed a $1.1 million funding goal on Kickstarter for its new game “Obduction.”

cyanCyan’s new project is a real-time, first-person adventure game in a brand new world that mimics the exploration feeling that Myst and Riven fans may remember.

But, as Cyan CEO Rand Miller explains in the Kickstarter video, it’s not just a follow-up to Cyan’s hits from decades ago.

“It would be easy for just to do a Myst sequel, but maybe not as satisfying as taking a new fresh look at, how can we build a spiritual successor to the experience that Myst provided without necessarily tying ourselves to that same precise storyline,” he said.

That’s the mission with “Obduction,” which puts gamers in a faraway planet after being abducted. From there, it’s up to you to explore the new world and meet other people that have also been abducted.

“The idea behind Obduction is really to provide that same experience you had when you landed on the dock in Myst Island,” Miller explained. “It’s the same feeling you had when you touched down and said, ‘Why am I here, what am I doing?”

Cyan went with Kickstarter after publishers didn’t quite warm up to the idea behind “Obduction.” The campaign, which already has nearly 20,000 backers, ends this Saturday. “Obduction,” is set to debut in 2015.