GameTap Launches "Myst Online: Uru Live" And Ushers In All-New Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Experience
Online installment of legendary Myst franchise melds mystery, exploration, and community in a world filled with new Ages and puzzles
ATLANTA - February 14, 2007 -GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced that "Myst Online: Uru Live" will officially open its doors tomorrow on Thursday, February 15. Published by GameTap and developed by Cyan Worlds, "Myst Online: Uru Live" is the most recent addition to the GameTap Originals label. This latest installment of the best-selling Myst franchise introduces all-new Ages and puzzles while fusing the social concepts of a traditional massively multiplayer online game with mystery and problem-solving facets. Consumers can now visit www.gametap.com/mystonline to take advantage of a free trial offer and enjoy "Myst Online: Uru Live".
"'Myst Online: Uru Live' is the most ambitious Myst experience we've ever created," says Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds and co-creator of Myst. "By developing an interactive, online world driven by intrigue and exploration instead of violence, massively multiplayer online gamers now have a choice unlike any of the other options."
For the first time ever in the Myst universe, a player's choices, actions, and experiences will help drive the ongoing storyline which expands and adapts on a continual basis. This new adventure-driven take on the massively multiplayer online game genre features the ongoing release of new content, including all-new Ages and puzzles. As players act and react to their surroundings and each other, a new Myst story will be told.
Keeping with tradition, "Myst Online: Uru Live" combines all of the classic adventure and puzzle-solving elements and visually-stunning worlds that made Myst the top-selling franchise of its time and among the most critically-acclaimed games of the 20th century.
"Myst Online: Uru Live" includes elements unique to the Myst franchise, including books used to teleport, exploration through wondrous, immersive new Ages; and mind-challenging puzzles to solve either as a group or alone. The title also includes all of the key social features like text and voice chat that make today's massively multiplayer online games so popular.
"The evolving storyline of 'Myst Online: Uru Live' makes it an ideal addition to our GameTap Originals line-up of episodic games," said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vice president of content. "Also, thanks to our extensive catalog of more than 800 games, subscribers who might not have experienced the previous Myst titles are able to do so very easily and at no extra cost."
"Myst Online: Uru Live" was created exclusively for GameTap and is available to GameTap subscribers in the United States and Canada. It will also be available via direct download to consumers and in select countries around the world. Expanding beyond computer borders as well, "Myst Online: Uru Live" will be available for Mac users later this spring. To sign up for the Mac beta program or to view the list of international countries Myst Online is currently available in, please visit www.gametap.com/mystonline.
To register for GameTap and experience "Myst Online: Uru Live", visit www.gametap.com where you can sign up for just 99 cents for the first month.
About Cyan Worlds, Inc
Cyan Worlds, Inc., located in Spokane, WA, is best know for Myst and Riven, which received numerous awards, critical acclaim and broad popularity, Cyan has been designing and building immersive interactive worlds since 1987. They currently employ over 40 designers, programmers and artists. For more information about Cyan Worlds, visit www.cyanworlds.com.
GameTap is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, it now delivers more than 800 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap offers more than 600 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. Continually updated with new games, programs and features, GameTap is a downloadable application that supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals. www.gametap.com
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.