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Rand Miller reveals some details

The game will have two primary protagonists: an elderly D'ni archivist named Esher, and Yeesha, the daughter of Atrus. Apparently, toward the game's completion, you'll be faced with a crucial decision to choose between these two characters - a decision that will affect how Myst V ends.

Despite that the game is fully 3D, you'll be able to play though it in point-and-click fashion, moving to and from preset nodes. Though if you prefer, you can also unlock the node-based movement so you can walk around freely using your keyboard's W, A, S, and D keys.

The bodily animations are motion-captured, the facial animations are filmed and superimposed on the polygonal models.

The Truehand Writing Technology allows players to actually write symbols to communicate with these creatures. If you know what to write, you might be able to get them to do things for you.

Press release on January 12 2005

Ubisoft Announces the Finale of the Greatest Adventure Series Ever: Myst V: End of Ages; Cyan Worlds Develops the Last Installment of the Myst Franchise

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--Ubisoft, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, today revealed that Cyan Worlds, Inc., creators of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Myst(R) franchise will launch its final adventure, Myst(R) V: End of Ages, in fall 2005 (PC and Mac(R) hybrid disk format). Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst and founder of Cyan Worlds, leads the Spokane-based development team in creating this final episode, bringing closure to the Myst storyline via its most dramatic and immersive experience to date.

"Myst is more than a game, it's an experience, and in many cases, a lifestyle," said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft's North American division. "Cyan Worlds will deliver the final chapter in what has been a phenomenal run of success, both critically and commercially. We know that Myst V: End of Ages is something people will want to be a part of, something memorable that will resound with players for a lifetime."

Picking up immediately where the original Myst ended, players are presented the privilege, challenge and responsibility of restoring the lost empire of the D'ni(TM) -- an ancient civilization of people who thrived for thousands of years but later met with a great catastrophe. Like each previous Myst title, Myst V: End of Ages advances the graphical beauty and detail of its worlds with a fully immersive 3D environment. Cyan carefully crafted and combined elements of adventure, puzzles, storyline and gameplay innovation creating a worthy ending to the one game to which millions will forever compare any adventure title -- Myst.

"Myst V: End of Ages follows the Myst storyline to its conclusion -- closing the book on the Ages of Myst," said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds. "To complete this circle of Myst we've embraced the idea of something old and something new. New in regard to pushing forward in areas of interface and technology. And old -- getting back to the simple exploration that made Myst so magical."

Additional launch details and information will be announced at a later date, and in the meantime one can visit http://myst5.ubi.com.

System Requirements

Mac
Supported OS: Mac OS X® 10.2.8–10.3.9
Processor: 1 GHz G4 (1.6 GHz G4 or higher recommended)
RAM: 256 MB (512 MB recommended)
Video Card: 32 MB video card supporting 32-bit color (see supported list*)
Sound Card: Standard
QuickTime: Required for bonus content
DVD: 4x DVD or faster
Hard Drive Space: 4.1 GB free
Peripherals: Mac-compatible mouse and keyboard

* Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: ATI® Radeon™ 7000/8000/9000/X families, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 256/2/3/4/FX/6000 families

PC
Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP (only)
Processor: 800 MHz Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ or better (Pentium IV recommended)
RAM: 256 MB RAM (512 recommened)
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card (see supported list*)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c (included on disc)
DVD: 4x or faster
Hard Drive Space: 4.5 GB free
Peripherals: Mouse, keyboard

* Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: ATI® Radeon™ 7000/8000/9000/X families, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 256/2/3/4/FX/6000 families

Myst ® Revelation © 2004 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. D'ni™, Cyan ®, and Myst® are trademarks of Cyan, Inc. and Cyan Worlds, Inc. under license to Ubisoft Entertainment.

 

Myst V: End of Ages Demo | Mac | PC |

Laki Arena, Myst V website music
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Tim Larkins posted four samples from the End of Ages soundtrack on his website | more |

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Official Myst V: End of Ages website
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