And after the success of the studio's last two projects, Obduction and the 25th Anniversary update to the original Myst - Cyan is crowdfunding Firmament via Kickstarter. Where it's already off to a great start with roughly AU $375,000 raised of its $1.8 million goal. No doubt based on just how great it looks and sounds already.
As per the announcement, Cyan has already created a small vertical slice of the game which can be seen - with most of the footage looking to be from the VR version. A viewpoint that worked wonders for Obduction's immersion.
Although a very solitary experience in the vein of Myst, in Firmament players will be joined by a sort of floating clockwork helper/tool. In a premise and story that sounds intriguing.
A gasp for air... a release of chilled breath... the crackling sounds of melting ice.
You wake in a glacial cavern — perfused by blue. It's crowded with metal pipes and adorned with curious, clockwork gears.
Echoing machinery resonates in your ears as a massive metal door opens before you...
As you enter a dark chamber, warm lights flicker to life, revealing a frigid, yet intimate stone interior, supported by riveted iron beams. In the middle of this room is an ancient table - a tea cup on one end and a frozen body slumped over the other. The corpse’s hands hold an exquisite clockwork device — held out like an offering.
You reach for the device, and suddenly… a small whir… a blue glow is birthed from its core as it comes to life and lifts from the outstretched palms of the rigid stranger. It hovers above you, watching.
An apparition appears with a message from the woman that left this gift. She planned to mentor you...
...but something has gone terribly wrong.
An immense, unexpected adventure now lies ahead…
Very cool. For more info on the project head to the Kickstarter page