VR Journey ‘Firmament’ Releasing March 18th, From Studio Behind ‘Myst’ & ‘Riven’ – Street to VR

Cyan, the studio behind iconic puzzle journey video games Myst (1993) and Riven (1997), garnered their fair proportion of success with their April 2019 Kickstarter marketing campaign, which sought to carry to life their subsequent VR-compatible title, Firmament. Now Cyan says the long-delayed sport lastly has a launch date: March 18th.

In accordance with a Kickstarter backer update, Firmament is now set to launch on March 18th, coming to PC VR headsets together with Meta Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive, Valve Index, and Meta Quest headsets by Quest Hyperlink. A flatscreen mode can be obtainable for play on MacOS and Home windows.

The studio says it’s additionally set to focus on PSVR 2, PS4 and PS5 in some unspecified time in the future “down the road.”

Two months in the past the studio launched an prolonged have a look at among the sport’s preproduction footage, which we’ve included beneath:

As soon as focusing on a July 2020 launch, Firmament has slipped once more and is now focusing on a Q1 2023 launch date. Right here’s that assertion is full; we’ve additionally included a 9-minute have a look at the work-in-progress sport, embedded beneath this replace:

“Because of discussions with key group member and workers, Cyan is making the necessary resolution to maneuver the launch of Firmament to Q1 2023. The sport could be very closed to finish, and the event is quickly approaching its last section.

To our Backers, Followers, and Pals, thanks on your persevering with endurance and assist. Your enthusiasm and pleasure lifts our spirits every day. We can’t wait to share launch day information with you in (early!) 2023.”

Unique Article (July thirteenth, 2020): Firmament’s launch window appeared a bit tight from the onset, nevertheless from an skilled studio that had beforehand created its newest VR-compatible puzzle journey sport Obduction to each PC VR and PSVR, it appeared not all collectively unimaginable.

The fact of making a sport nevertheless is admittedly “usually fairly a bit messier,” the studio says in a latest Kickstarter update.

Right here’s a little bit of Cyan’s reasoning behind the delay, which is alleged to push the sport’s launch date presumably to 2022.

With that in thoughts, Firmament’s Estimated Supply date of July 2020 was- because it turns out- a wildly optimistic one. We all know a few of you had your coronary heart’s set on taking part in Firmament this summer season, and we’re genuinely sorry that you just’re not going to have the ability to play it but! We’re actually bummed about that too!

Though there isn’t any Launch Date to announce in the present day, we will inform you a pair issues with some stage of certainty: Firmament will not be coming in 2020. And except the celebrities align (which everyone knows occurs not often in sport improvement), it’s unlikely that Firmament will probably be coming in 2021.

Within the studio’s personal protection, Cyan says it has “at all times been about transport issues after they’re able to be shipped, not choosing a date after which attempting to shoehorn the sport into the field in an artificially restricted period of time.”

Firmament is alleged to be “one thing larger than a studio [of Cyan’s] measurement would ordinarily be capable to produce,” and that it’ll embrace a “richer and extra substantial story” than was beforehand deliberate.

No matter you considered Obduction (and its initially uneasy technical efficiency on each PC VR headsets and PSVR) Cyan has a superb monitor report of delivering, leaving the one actual concern to when Firmament will arrive, and never if.

Meals for thought: a potential 2022 launch of Firmament is slated to occur effectively inside the lifecycle of next-gen consoles and PC {hardware}—and presumably VR {hardware} as effectively—so there’s no telling what technical advances the studio might want to undertake alongside the way in which if it’s trying to considerably lengthen the event roadmap. I assume we’ll see in just a few years. As it’s, Firmament is focusing on PC, SteamVR headsets, macOS, and PS4 & PSVR.