View Full Version : More Details on Cyan

09-08-2005, 11:12 AM
Myst V is in production and is scheduled to ship on September 20.

The success of Myst V is still crucial to Cyan. Here are some things you can do:
-- Buy the game yourself! From the Ubisoft Store (http://store.ubi.com/item.jsp?item=69252), from your local software store, or from an on-line site like Amazon (PC) (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009HAXFQ/qid=1126197692/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-7116619-9428826?v=glance&s=software&n=507846)/Amazon (Mac) (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000AYHABI/qid=1126198810/sr=8-3/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-9816741-7696069?v=glance&s=videogames&n=507846), GameStop (http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=646120), et al.
-- Encourage everyone you know to buy the game - at least one copy, with several being much better!
-- Contact every software store in your city and ask them to stock Myst V!

The Cyan folks have NOT been fired. They have been laid off, which in this case is a large difference.

Some details, gleaned unofficially from chats with those who have been laid off:

Cyan is not shuttered and dark. There's currently a skeleton crew in place - President Tony Fryman and CEO Rand Miller.

1. They don't want to "close", but rather do the right thing fiscally and emotionally now that things are lean and uncertain.

2. They don't want a group of really talented, creative people sitting around waiting to see if their ideas get bought.

3. They want the folks who have been so loyal and patient to have a chance to pursue other avenues.

4. They need to remain at the company to fulfill contractual obligations for Myst V.

5. They want to remain there to oversee the legalities of asset handling.

6. They want to continue to do the business of selling their newest game ideas to prospective publishers.

7. They want to save further development costs now, by laying off people while they still can and there is still a "Cyan".

So, truly, the ending has not yet been written.


09-12-2005, 12:21 PM
The following official statement has been made by Ubisoft:

"For the past 4 years Ubisoft has been proud to work with Cyan Worlds on the Myst brand, and we are saddened by the decision to close the doors of their games production unit. While this event is a sad day for Myst fans and gamers everywhere, it does not in any way affect the upcoming launch of Myst V: End of Ages which is already in manufacturing at this time. Ubisoft is continuing full steam ahead with the launch of Myst V: End of Ages, the Grand Finale of the Greatest Adventure Game of all time.

While the production unit has been disbanded, Cyan will continue as a company, pursuing new endeavors for the future. In the next few weeks, Cyan is expecting to provide more information about their plans. Other than this, Ubisoft has no additional information about Cyan or their future plans."

10-01-2005, 09:06 AM
Chris Leyton (Editor, The Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/)) has reported in a TVG article posted on 9/29/05 (http://www.totalvideogames.com/news/Cyan_Worlds_Survives_8584_0_0.htm) that Rand Miller is saying that Cyan has "...rehired almost everybody." This is great news!

But we'll need to hear more details from RM to know what that really means, especially in terms of support for Myst V, etc.