Ubisoft Announces the Finale of the Greatest Adventure Series Ever:
Myst V: End of Ages;
Cyan Worlds Develops the Last Installment of the Myst Franchise

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--Ubisoft, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, today revealed that Cyan Worlds, Inc., creators of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Myst(R) franchise will launch its final adventure, Myst(R) V: End of Ages, in fall 2005 (PC and Mac(R) hybrid disk format). Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst and founder of Cyan Worlds, leads the Spokane-based development team in creating this final episode, bringing closure to the Myst storyline via its most dramatic and immersive experience to date.

"Myst is more than a game, it's an experience, and in many cases, a lifestyle," said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft's North American division. "Cyan Worlds will deliver the final chapter in what has been a phenomenal run of success, both critically and commercially. We know that Myst V: End of Ages is something people will want to be a part of, something memorable that will resound with players for a lifetime."

Picking up immediately where the original Myst ended, players are presented the privilege, challenge and responsibility of restoring the lost empire of the D'ni(TM) -- an ancient civilization of people who thrived for thousands of years but later met with a great catastrophe. Like each previous Myst title, Myst V: End of Ages advances the graphical beauty and detail of its worlds with a fully immersive 3D environment. Cyan carefully crafted and combined elements of adventure, puzzles, storyline and gameplay innovation creating a worthy ending to the one game to which millions will forever compare any adventure title -- Myst.

"Myst V: End of Ages follows the Myst storyline to its conclusion -- closing the book on the Ages of Myst," said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds. "To complete this circle of Myst we've embraced the idea of something old and something new. New in regard to pushing forward in areas of interface and technology. And old -- getting back to the simple exploration that made Myst so magical."

Additional launch details and information will be announced at a later date, and in the meantime one can visit http://myst5.ubi.com.

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Spokesman Review

Myst V

Title: Myst V: End of Ages

Expected release: Fall 2005

Platforms: Mac and PC

Estimated cost: $39

Tom Sowa
Staff writer
January 12, 2005

Cyan Worlds, the Spokane-based developer of the immensely popular video games Myst and Riven, said Tuesday it's preparing the final installment in that series.

Announced at Macworld Expo, the annual game and software show in San Francisco, the new title is Myst V: End of Ages.

Although Cyan's developers and animators expect to finish the new game this spring, the publisher, Ubi Soft, won't release it until fall, said company spokesman Chris Brandkamp. Its price tag should be about $39, he added.

In the meantime, Cyan's 35-person staff is ready to embark on an entirely different project that has nothing to do with the complex history and archaeology of the several Myst products released over the past dozen years, Brandkamp said.

The video and online game world today is dominated by the genre called "first-person shooters," Brandkamp said. That term refers to games in which the player has a first-person view and action centers around aiming and shooting with multiple weapons and limited ammunition.

Brandkamp said Cyan needs to decide how to approach its mission of designing high-quality entertainment within that marketplace.

"We're not going to say we're doing a first-person shooter. The question for us is, can entertainment be entertaining without ripping someone's heart out?" he said.

Brandkamp declined to give more details about the new project, other than to say it should not be called a game.

After releasing Myst in 1993 and its sequel, Riven, in 1997 — two of the best-selling games of that decade — the company proceeded to develop a series of related video projects. It released URU: Ages Beyond Myst in late 2003. That project, which took about three years to complete, never turned into the success the company expected.

The upshot has been to force Cyan to move its products out the door more quickly. "We understand today that entertainment has to be made quickly," said Brandkamp, the company's vice president of business affairs.

Myst V: End of Ages is more a throwback to the initial impulse behind the first Myst project, Brandkamp added. It relies on strong visual storytelling and interesting, captivating landscapes and environments. Unlike some of the series releases, Myst V should be less complex and less likely to leave players struggling to solve puzzles, he said.

The company is also set to release, sometime in 2005, a version of Myst just for the Pocket PC system, said Brandkamp.

© 2004 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. D'ni (TM), Cyan®, and Myst® are trademarks of Cyan, Inc. and Cyan Worlds, Inc. under license to Ubisoft Entertainment.