Cyan remakes Myst in real-time 3D—again

Myst is one of my all-time favorite games. Cyan released a real-time 3D remake of it, realMyst, back in 2000, but the remake looks about as dated today as the original Myst did back then. Anyone wishing to play the game now has to wander in a wasteland of low-res textures and crummy lighting.

Only not—because Cyan has just released realMyst: Masterpiece Edition, a re-re-make of Myst that features revamped real-time 3D graphics. Cyan says the game's environments have been rebuilt with "realistic water, changing weather, dynamic lighting, life-like foliage, bloom and other camera effects, and more." The interface has apparently been redesigned, too, and Cyan now lets you "[b]ring up original Myst images to compare and reminisce."

According to Polygon, realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is based on the Unity engine. That engine also powers such indie classics as Rust and Surgeon Simulator 2013. Based on the screenshots Cyan has put out, the Unity re-remake of Myst looks pretty slick—though I do see a few instances of over-zealous normal mapping. (See the image gallery below for more screenshots.)

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is available now on Steam for $17.99. The Steam release is cross-platform, but Mac users can also grab the game from the Mac App Store, also for $17.99, if they prefer. (Thanks to TR reader Bob for the tip.)

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