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Obduction delayed until August, spiritual successor to Myst is "so close" to release

Obduction delay

The long-awaited Kickstarter project was set to deliver its Myst-like walking simulator into the hands of its backers on July 26, but will now be launching during the week starting 22 August. The good news: it’s a minor delay for gamers that have been behind the project since October 13, 2013 when developers Cyan launched the Kickstarter. The bad news: it’s still a delay.

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Producer Ryan Warzecha addressed the delay in a developer blog, saying “The last few weeks have gone very quickly. We’ve been working long days, and seven day weeks. Obduction has been getting better and better. But we still found ourselves implementing the last couple of systems we needed instead of having quality time to focus on squashing more bugs. Last week we still had a chance, if everything worked perfectly. At the end of the week the leads met to discuss our options. We were so close, we could ship. But we came to the unanimous decision that if we shipped it was driven mainly by the deadline - not because we were satisfied.


“We realize that there are a few folks that will think this is just another “20 minute gate delay” of a plane that will never depart. We really do understand the skepticism. We wish you could be here with us, play Obduction, see how good it is, and how close we are. We think it would change your mind.”

While nobody likes a delay, Cyan appear to be doing it for all the right reasons, and with most of the project’s backers having waited so long already, an extra month isn’t likely to come as too heavy a blow. So one more month to wait, but the promise of an immersive world from the makers of Myst and Riven at the end of it - we’ll all make it, I’m sure.

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1 Year ago

Really looking forward to this. The Myst series was always brimming with imagination and cleverness. I felt that came to a head with Uru: Ages Beyond Myst where, perhaps, the world became their most alien, and the storytelling had reached its height. But dismissed by vapid, small-minded people because, oh no, it had a little tiny bit of platforming.

Uru was lovely when it was around though and had the best online community of any game I've ever played. I remember the last time I went into Uru a while back, there was an older gentlebloke there who had a University demeanour about him. He was fascinated by Myst's lore and had a lot to say about it.

I sat like a child in front of a wiry haired, wild-eyed tale weaver and listened to all of the interesting thoughts in his head about all things D'ni. And I was right, by the way. Math professor, actually. Since I had to ask. Genuinely lovely. I miss experiences like that, but you don't exactly have a whole lot of that in BLAM BLAM SLICE SHLUP HIS HEAD EXPLODED LOL, do you?

And I don't mean that vapid, hollow, shallow, faceless hivemind where everyone agrees and shares the same opinions. I hate that, too. I despise seeing people pat themselves on the back for selling out just to be popular. I'm not a fan of that. For betraying their passions just to be in the spotlight and glad-handing feverishly over how they can all agree on things.

No, this was more accepting that another person knew things and had a different perspective. And even if it wasn't always agreed upon, there was always a respect for the kind of mind behind them that you couldn't see them as anything but valid. THAT I miss. Intelligent people having so much respect for intelligence. Rather than oh so much anti-intellectual thuggery.

I know Obduction won't be an online game, but it's likely going to be closely enough to Uru to bring some really good memories to the surface. And I'll likely enjoy how alien and clever it is, too.

I'm very much looking forward to this. It's something old, and something new, and something wonderful, too.

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BreadstickNinja(15 hours played)
1 Year ago

Four weeks exactly until launch! I hope that with a little bit of renewed interest in the puzzle genre recently, Obduction is going to be great and get a lot of support. I've been looking forward to it ever since I backed and can't wait to try it out.