Myst television series is now in development


Myst, the lush 1993 point-and-click adventure that became one of the best-selling PC games of all time, may soon become a television series as well.

The announcement came by way of Deadline, which reported that original Myst studio Cyan Worlds has teamed up with Legendary Entertainment on the project. Cyan co-founder Rand Miller will be "creatively involved" with the series, according to the report, but it hasn't yet been decided whether it will be released as a traditional television show or digitally.

"Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media," Cyan said in a statement. "Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level."

Myst was a huge success when it came out, and gave a big push to CD-ROM drive sales, which at that point were still relatively rare. Four sequels followed, as well as the multiplayer-focused Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, and countless knock-offs. Myst is one of the best examples of technology paving the way for a new type of game; the "second screen" hasn't taken off as a vital add-on despite companies like Ubisoft trying it out, but maybe all it needs is Cyan Worlds to come along and do it right.

Cyan is currently working on a new Myst-style adventure called Obduction, which it successfully Kickstarted to the tune of $1.3 million in 2013.

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.