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VR Journey ‘Firmament’ Releasing March 18th, From Studio Behind ‘Myst’ & ‘Riven’


Cyan, the studio behind iconic puzzle journey video games Myst (1993) and Riven (1997), garnered their justifiable share of success with their April 2019 Kickstarter marketing campaign, which sought to deliver to life their subsequent VR-compatible title, Firmament. Now Cyan says the long-delayed sport lastly has a launch date: March 18th.

In keeping with a Kickstarter backer replace, Firmament is now set to launch on March 18th, coming to PC VR headsets together with Meta Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive, Valve Index, and Meta Quest headsets via Quest Hyperlink. A flatscreen mode can also be out there for play on MacOS and Home windows.

The studio says it’s additionally set to focus on PSVR 2, PS4 and PS5 sooner or later “down the road.”

Two months in the past the studio launched an prolonged take a look at a number of the sport’s preproduction footage, which we’ve included beneath:

As soon as concentrating on a July 2020 launch, Firmament has slipped once more and is now concentrating on a Q1 2023 launch date. Right here’s that assertion is full; we’ve additionally included a 9-minute take a look at the work-in-progress sport, embedded beneath this replace:

“On account of discussions with key staff member and employees, Cyan is making the necessary choice to maneuver the launch of Firmament to Q1 2023. The sport could be very closed to finish, and the event is quickly approaching its ultimate section.

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To our Backers, Followers, and Buddies, thanks on your persevering with persistence and help. Your enthusiasm and pleasure lifts our spirits every day. We can not wait to share launch day information with you in (early!) 2023.”

Unique Article (July thirteenth, 2020): Firmament’s launch window appeared a bit tight from the onset, nonetheless from an skilled studio that had beforehand created its newest VR-compatible puzzle journey sport Obduction to each PC VR and PSVR, it appeared not all collectively unimaginable.

The truth of making a sport nonetheless is admittedly “usually fairly a bit messier,” the studio says in a current Kickstarter replace.

Right here’s a little bit of Cyan’s reasoning behind the delay, which is alleged to push the sport’s launch date probably to 2022.

With that in thoughts, Firmament’s Estimated Supply date of July 2020 was- because it turns out- a wildly optimistic one. We all know a few of you had your coronary heart’s set on taking part in Firmament this summer time, and we’re genuinely sorry that you just’re not going to have the ability to play it but! We’re actually bummed about that too!

Though there isn’t a Launch Date to announce at present, we will inform you a pair issues with some stage of certainty: Firmament is just not coming in 2020. And except the celebrities align (which everyone knows occurs hardly ever in sport improvement), it’s unlikely that Firmament can be coming in 2021.

Within the studio’s personal protection, Cyan says it has “all the time been about delivery issues after they’re able to be shipped, not selecting a date after which making an attempt to shoehorn the sport into the field in an artificially restricted period of time.”

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Firmament is alleged to be “one thing larger than a studio [of Cyan’s] dimension would ordinarily be capable to produce,” and that it’ll embrace a “richer and extra substantial story” than was beforehand deliberate.

No matter you considered Obduction (and its initially uneasy technical efficiency on each PC VR headsets and PSVR) Cyan has a great observe file of delivering, leaving the one actual concern to when Firmament will arrive, and never if.

Meals for thought: a potential 2022 launch of Firmament is slated to occur properly inside the lifecycle of next-gen consoles and PC {hardware}—and probably VR {hardware} as properly—so there’s no telling what technical advances the studio might want to undertake alongside the way in which if it’s trying to considerably lengthen the event roadmap. I suppose we’ll see in a couple of years. As it’s, Firmament is concentrating on PC, SteamVR headsets, macOS, and PS4 & PSVR.


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