Creators of Myst Return with Obduction

Who here remembers the game developer Cyan? I’m betting it’s not a huge percentage of you, but who remembers the iconic game Myst? Again, likely not many of you, but for those who answered yes to at least one of those, we have some great news! Cyan are back with the teaser trailer for their upcoming game, Obduction. To make things even more awesome, it’s being touted as the spiritual successor to Myst!

The new teaser trailer certainly caught our attention, and with Obduction being powered by Unreal Engine, it’s already looking pretty spectacular. With the promise of players being able to choose where they want to go and how much freedom they want, the possibilities for this game are pretty huge.

“Choose to have full gamer control, or simplify and explore with a simple click of the mouse. Either way these new worlds reveal their secrets only as you explore and coax them. And no matter how you choose to explore, you fall upon some heavy choices to make with substantial consequences.”

The mixup of control schemes sound interesting, go for the old-school point and click, or run around yourself; that’s an interesting choice to have in any game!

“You’ve been abducted from your cozy existence and added into an alien landscape with a stereotypical, Kansas farmhouse with a white picket fence. But the farmhouse is just the first building in a rather bizarre little town that borders the road – curious structures that beg questions rather than provide answers. And adding to the curiosity, you stumble upon a strange, kluged kiosk that reassuredly welcomes you to “Hunrath”.” Said Cyan while discussing of the game’s story.

Check out the official teaser trailer below and head down to the comments section, as we’d love to hear what you think about Obduction (and Myst!).

Warning: Nokia Lumia Cyan Update Could Brick your Smartphone

There have been reports that some Windows Phone users were experiencing BitLocker issues after upgrading their handset to the latest Cyan update, but a clear confirmation of who was experiencing it and how could not be made. It now seems that the users being affected are Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developer users who are using BitLocker full disk encryption through their companies, having their devices bricked after updating to the latest Cyan update.

Microsoft is said to have issues an official statement and recommends users to downgrade from the preview version of WP 8.1 to the commercial software before attempting to upgrade to the latest Lumia Cyan update. Along with the latter, the company has also suspended the preview program, which includes the 12400 build as well.

“We are currently investigating the issue. We have paused delivery of the update to customers using the Preview for Developers, and will resume once a fix is in place. Customers whose phones have been affected should use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to return your Lumia to a normal commercial software state before downloading the Lumia Cyan update.”

Users who are still running on the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developer software and noticed that the Cyan update is not available for them should know that Microsoft has postponed the Cyan rollout for the given preview software until a fix is available. For those affected by the BitLocker issue, Microsoft recommends using the Nokia Recovery Software Tool in order to return the handset to a commercial software in order to regain functionality of the device.

Thank you Windows Phone Central for providing us with this information

Lumia Cyan Update Has Been Released in Select Markets

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update has been long teased and awaited by users of the latter operating system. The majority of users however are stated to be on Lumia handsets, having the Nokia devices engulfing the majority of WP market.

Lumia users also have some additional and exclusive features for their handsets, including Miracast support and Dolby Digital Sound Capture, amongst others. This is why they will be getting the WP 8.1 update under the name of Cyan, a special update designated for Nokia Lumia handsets.

There have been numerous reports from Spain, Finland and Taiwan regarding the Cyan update being released for their Lumia handsets. This is an unofficial announcement that Microsoft has started the world-wide release of its Cyan update, having it be released in select parts of the world in order to make sure no issues arouse before a full-scale release.

The first device stated to have received the update is the Lumia 625, having Microsoft breaking tradition from previous releases where the first devices to receive a new update were high-end Lumia handsets.

In addition to the release, an official Microsoft tweet stated that a widespread release of the Windows Phone 8.1 is set for the second week of July, having it now been backed up with the unexpected and silent release on the above mentioned markets.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Nokia

Nokia Guru To Be An iPod Shuffle Competitor

Nokia is known for cool accessories, and the new batch of phones and tablets about to be unveiled soon from the Finns is likely to be no exception. A new gadget called Nokia Guru has appeared, and it has every bearing of a music-related accessory.

The matchbox-like cyan Guru in the picture has a volume rocker and a play button, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones matching its color. There is a microUSB port in there as well, suggesting the device might carry its own battery and/or storage. There is an NFC tag, and some are suggesting it is Bluetooth equipped, too, so what exactly is the goal here, remains to be seen.

It could be a player and a Bluetooth headset in one to help keep the huge Lumia 1520 in your pocket. And if it is, Nokia’s first phablet could have a cyan version. Who knows? We’ve also heard that the new Lumia 525 about to be shown will be a music-centric phone, so the Guru could be meant for it. All is likely to be revealed sooner than expected, more specifically when Nokia World is taking place, so let’s hope for something amazing.

Thank you PhoneArena for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PhoneArena.

‘Obduction’ The Spiritual Successor To ‘Myst’ Hits Kickstarter

Myst was one seriously strange game when it launched, it was highly expected to be too much for some and no one expected it to be as popular as it became. Yet for years it was the top selling PC gaming and sold over 6 million copies, something that wasn’t beaten until the release of The Sims in 2002.

With 20 years now past since the original release, Rand Miller, one of the games original creators, as well as his company Cyan, are working on a “spiritual successor” to Myst and they have gone to Kickstarter to raise $1.1 million to make it a reality.

Obduction is a classic first-person adventure that will certainly please fans of the original Myst. Your in a strange world, no information, no back story, you just get on with it and try and unpick the world around you.

The game will be powered by Unreal Engine 4 and they hope to have the game out by the end of 2015.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Myst, one of the best-selling computer games in history. The Myst name is widely recognized as uniquely defining a new kind of gaming – amazingly immersive worlds where the point is to understandyour environment rather than test your reflexes. The Obduction project will take what Cyan knows about creating deeply immersive worlds and apply it to an entirely new game with fantastic scenery, incredible architecture, compelling story, and exceptional challenges.”

Barely one day has gone by and the game has already reached $250,000 of its goal, so why not head on over to Kickstarter and show them your support, because this is one gaming experience you will no want to miss out on.

Thank you Obduction for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Obduction.