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Alahmnat
08-01-2005, 11:57 AM
I've been chasing the Ubi store for a straight answer on the system requirement listings for the standard edition box for the past two weeks and I've finally gotten an answer out of them, but I don't think many of you are gonna like it...

The Limited Edition box, as stated at the UbiSoft store, will be a hybrid Mac/PC DVD-ROM release.

The standard edition release in the white box, however, will be PC ONLY, and will ship on 3 CDs. Don't ask me to explain it, I don't think it makes any sense either. However, if you're a Mac user who has pre-ordered the white-box version of the game (whether from Ubi or anywhere else), I strongly suggest canceling your order and pre-ordering (or otherwise planning on purchasing) the black-box Limited Edition. I'm looking into whether the LE will be available for purchase in other stores like Best Buy and Gamestop, and I'm also seeing if this is just for the US or if it applies internationally (in which case they darn well had better be shipping the LE overseas...).

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...

Alahmnat
08-01-2005, 11:57 AM
I've been chasing the Ubi store for a straight answer on the system requirement listings for the standard edition box for the past two weeks and I've finally gotten an answer out of them, but I don't think many of you are gonna like it...

The Limited Edition box, as stated at the UbiSoft store, will be a hybrid Mac/PC DVD-ROM release.

The standard edition release in the white box, however, will be PC ONLY, and will ship on 3 CDs. Don't ask me to explain it, I don't think it makes any sense either. However, if you're a Mac user who has pre-ordered the white-box version of the game (whether from Ubi or anywhere else), I strongly suggest canceling your order and pre-ordering (or otherwise planning on purchasing) the black-box Limited Edition. I'm looking into whether the LE will be available for purchase in other stores like Best Buy and Gamestop, and I'm also seeing if this is just for the US or if it applies internationally (in which case they darn well had better be shipping the LE overseas...).

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...

monsieurdavid
08-01-2005, 12:58 PM
I take full responsibility for this, UbiSoft's apparent act of retribution for my ongoing, unrelenting trashing of Revelation.http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Tweek
08-01-2005, 03:42 PM
From MarkD at CyanWorlds
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Unfortunately, this is true.

But before the conspiracy theorist get going, here is the reason why:
There is a bug in InstallShield that we are using for Myst V, that doesn't allow the install files to span multiple disks on the Mac when using a Mac/PC hybrid with multiple languages. It is a complicated issue that InstallShield can't fix in time for the release of Myst V.
So, the only option was to put the hybrid version of DVD only.



Mark DeForest </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tweek

monsieurdavid
08-01-2005, 05:13 PM
. . . a software issue over which Mac users have no control, but will nevertheless be paying an extra ten dollar "penalty"? And not even the shadow of a semblance of an apology?

riven2000
08-01-2005, 05:49 PM
Hey, it's only $10 more - and you're getting the soundtrack, Prima guide, art print, and video on the whole series...doesn't sound like a bad deal to me. Besides, DVD-ROMs are pretty cheap nowadays. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

yaycc
08-01-2005, 10:56 PM
There sometimes comes good fortune in acting intuitively, not questioning why you choose to do something: First, to be a Mac user since it was invented (sooo intuitive! always great to use . . . hhhhhmmm, skip mention of Uru at this point); second, between when Myst V LE was announced and finally offered for pre-order, I cancelled my pre-order for the standard edition and the strategy guide with amazon.com. Then on 7.27.05, at UbiSoft, I placed my order for the LE (and the calendar). With the LE, as mentioned above, all the goodies come included. Difference in price to get the calendar and the soundtrack, art print, and video: $11.44. Okay, ready; next challenge??! Click, click, click! Yay!

Eat_My_Shortz
08-03-2005, 06:18 AM
Good lord! I really hope on behalf of all the maccers that this ISN'T true!! I can't believe after Uru, and all of Cyan's hard work to make Myst V Mac-compatible, it won't even work.

As someone's already pointed out, the limited edition isn't a very good solution because it will go out of print soon enough. Also it *may not* be available in some countries (please please... I want it).

Anyway, this blog linked from the Lyst proposes a solution:
http://75thtrombone.com/weblog/fix_ubi_incompetence/
What if we could program our own mac installer? I've programmed installers (on PC) it ain't too hard - if it were a dodgy one it would be even easier, as long as it worked. I'd love to help but I don't have a mac.

What are COBBS up to these days? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DebbieDec2003
08-03-2005, 08:32 AM
This is such trashy news. **** the incompetent so-and-so who said use Install Shield. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif Way to go to piss off a pile of people. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif Good luck to the people who hopefully will try and get a work-about solution for this problem. We are a good community and I've got faith in the collective knowledge and skill of my fellow Myst lovers to get around it. Good luck guys and ask me to cross post any info across the multiple boards. That's one thing I'm good at http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

MTDiamond
09-02-2005, 11:57 AM
I'm annoyed about this, and I'm surprised there hasn't been more of an outcry about it.

The technical explanation makes some sense, except then why is the European release promised to be hybrid?

What if the limited edition sells out? If there's a 2nd run of the regular edition will it be hybrid?

For that matter, why put out a CD-ROM version in the first place? The high system requirements of the game pretty much guarantee that the player will have a DVD-ROM drive anyway. Myst IV was DVD. What didn't work about that?

peace331
09-02-2005, 02:24 PM
Alas. I couldn't play this game anyway. I have long possessed a Mac, the latest falls behind three years and now tends to be one of those slower machines.

Not that I have any problems running my 800Mhz G4/512Mb iMac. Even Myst IV:Revelations run smoothly (the minimal mac requirements for Myst IV was 700MHz G4) and I was hoping that Myst V's minimal requirements would vary little.

Since it has been mentioned, I would like to speculate that the End Of Ages min. req. for mac is: 1Ghz, 1.6Ghz G4 (or better) suggested. This definitely doesn't mean an extra +10$ of LE. If I wished this game to run on my machine, I'd better go and get a decent processor. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Funny. Apple's eMac and MiniMac's best performance are still on 1.42Ghz G4, I wonder how Myst V could come up with 1.6Ghz?