Introducing Firmament: Myst Studio's New 'Steampunk-Magic' Adventure

Cyan goes back to crowdfunding for its upcoming game, Firmament.
Cyan goes back to crowdfunding for its upcoming game, Firmament. Cyan Official YouTube Channel

Developer Cyan is best known for developing the puzzling Myst series. Recently, the studio returned to its crowdfunding strategy for its new game called Firmament.

Firmament was first teased by the studio a year ago. According to the developers, the game will be heavily based on Myst, Riven, and Obduction. However, there is a twist – it will arrive with a steampunk vibe. And instead of players being alone in a strange world, “a clockwork adjunct” will be there to accompany them. It somehow looks a bit similar to a Ghost from Destiny 2, but it does not come with the ability to speak.

Interestingly, the clockwork understands what players will be saying in-game. Over the course of their conversation, this little gizmo will reportedly evolve into “a complex symphony of actions.” This is most especially the case when players start to solve challenges alongside the clockwork adjunct. Sooner or later, they will begin to realize “the epic nature of what lies ahead.”

It is worth noting that this is not the first time Cyan asked the public to support a game development project. In 2013, the studio started a Kickstarter campaign for Obduction, which actually turned out to be a huge success. Also, in 2018, the studio raised at least $2.8 million for a campaign aimed at the anniversary collection of the entire Myst series.

What the followers of Cyan might not like is the fact that composer Robyn Miller, who worked again with Cyan on Obduction, will not be scoring Firmament. There is good news, though. Russell Brower, Blizzard’s former composer and known for scoring the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and Overwatch, among others, will be taking Miller’s place. Apparently, Brower contributed to at least five songs inspired by Myst for the aforementioned anniversary collection.

As of now, Firmament is being developed mainly for VR. However, the studio has already confirmed its arrival to PC. And while there are rumors about Mac support for the game, it seems to be far from happening. According to Cyan, the minimum funding and resources they have – not to mention the load of work they need to perform – force them to focus mainly on VR and PC.

Watch Firmament Kickstart Video below:

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