In this intriguing Gamasutra interview, Myst
creator Rand Miller fills us in on the past, present and future of the multi-million selling franchise, following its near-death and Uru Live
's resurrection by online service GameTap.
Miller comments of Uru Live
, an online-enabled element to the Myst
"Well, we've embraced the realtime 3D. Probably a little later than most people, but we also had a pretty high bar to live up to. People expect some pretty phenomenal graphics from us. And we had to make sure we could do that. Unfortunately, I think there's some taint to the genre. I think it's not dead, in fact I think there's a big opportunity in this genre for someone to come out with something that blows everybody away and makes them realize that, in fact, there is a large group of people who like this kind of thing.
With Myst we sold... what was it... 8 million copies or something. Those people like wandering around in a world involving puzzles and not dying. So somewhere out there is a big audience of people who'd enjoy that if you get the right combination of people again."
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the subject
, including more about the seminal Myst
franchise from its co-creator (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites)