Myst composer Robyn Miller signs on to score Obduction


I've been keeping an eye on Obduction ever since it came out of Kickstarter with $1.3 million back in 2013. It's a Myst-like adventure game being developed by Cyan, the studio behind the original Myst, that was founded back in the '80s by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller. Robyn left the business following the release of Riven in 1997, but Cyan announced last week that he's signed on to create the Obduction soundtrack.

"Robyn is a very talented composer—well known for writing and producing the award-winning music for Myst and Riven," the studio said. "He has already started on the first of the musical/ambient soundscapes, and we couldn’t be more excited about having Robyn’s music enhance the Obduction experience."

It's big news as these things go (and I'll be the first to admit that it's a very niche bit of business) because Miller's work on Myst and Riven was so powerfully evocative, and a great match for the game's unique environments. Obduction is unrelated to the Myst series, but it promises many similarities, "with the same framework that made Cyan's earlier games such a wonderful experience: stunning landscapes, deep storyline, engaging characters, dramatic soundscapes, and challenging yet intuitive puzzles," as the Kickstarter pitch put it.

Obduction is currently set to come out in the second quarter of 2016—check the official site for more.

Thanks, MCV.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.