Last month, Cyan Worlds announced plans for a 25th anniversary re-release of their critically-acclaimed Myst series on Windows 10. Cyan also hinted at a possible physical collector’s edition in that announcement and is delivering on that promise, but there’s a catch: the collector’s edition will be available only as a pledge incentive during the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection Kickstarter, which went live earlier today.
As explained in the previous announcement, Cyan notes in the Kickstarter description that they needed to reacquire the publishing rights to some games in the series before announcing the bundle. With the Kickstarter page live, we now know that Cyan worked with GOG.com to upgrade the games for Windows 10; they also mentioned exploring options for a future Mac release.
In total, Myst 25th Anniversary Collection will include the following seven games:
- Myst: Masterpiece Edition
- Riven: The Sequel to Myst
- Myst 3: Exile
- Myst 4: Revelation
- Myst 5: End of Ages
- Uru: Complete Chronicles
- realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
The first reward tier, for pledges of $49 or more, will get you download codes for all seven games from Steam or GOG. The next tier of $99 or more nets you that as well physical copies of the game in a box resembling the classic Myst book; again, the physical bundle is only available via this Kickstarter. More expensive rewards include the same book-shaped bundle with an animated LCD panel, resembling the game’s in-book animations; a replica of Gehn’s pen and beetle inkwell; and a limited reward of hand-drawn Riven sketch art, which is already sold out (physical rewards include an additional shipping fee).
The target amount for the Kickstarter is $247,500, which was, in fact, surpassed tonight as I wrote this article. Cyan explained that the high goal was due to the need for a minimum number of collector’s edition orders:
To deliver a high-quality Myst collector’s edition at a reasonable price, we need to have a minimum number of orders. Based on quotes for the design, tooling and manufacturing, we’ve calculated that we need at least 2,500 orders at the $99 tier or above (2,500 * $99 = $247,500) to achieve the bare minimum and move forward. — Cyan Worlds, Inc.
According to the first reward tier description, the digital versions of the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection games are expected to launch in August. The collector’s edition and other physical rewards have an estimated delivery of November 2018. For more info, you can check out the video above, featuring Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything fame, as well as Cyan CEO Rand Miller (who fans will also recognize as Atrus from the games); or you can check out the Kickstarter page in the link below. For those who want to contribute and effectively pre-order the collector’s edition, the campaign officially ends on May 24th at 12:02 PM CST.
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