Riven Remake

Platform(s): Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, PC
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Cyan Worlds
Release Date: Summer 2024

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'Riven' Remake Shows Off first Gameplay, Reveals Voice Cast - Trailer

by Rainier on April 24, 2024 @ 9:44 a.m. PDT

Riven is a from-the-ground-up remake of the 1997 adventure game Riven: The Sequel to Myst, developed in Unreal Engine 5.

Cyan Worlds, the developers behind the legendary Myst series, announced that Riven, a meticulous, from-the-ground-up remake of the historic puzzle adventure game Riven: The Sequel to Myst (1997), is coming to both flatscreen and VR platforms. 

Adventure game enthusiasts around the world will be thrilled to know that Riven (previously revealed as Riven: New Discoveries of the Lost D'ni Empire) promises to blend the intricate puzzle-solving experience of the original with cutting-edge technology to create incredible visuals, a fully explorable 3D world, and the optional ability to jump in through VR platforms, offering an immersive experience like never before.

Along with its predecessor, Riven: The Sequel to Myst is considered one of the most influential games of the ‘90s. Released in 1997, it set a new standard for storytelling and visual fidelity in video games, captivating millions with its intricate characters, lush environments, and clever use of point-and-click navigation to explore highly detailed 3D worlds. Its success laid the groundwork for an entire genre of narrative-driven puzzle games, influences of which are still evident to this day. With Riven, Cyan Worlds aims to introduce this richly woven tale to a new generation of gamers. This modern remake seeks to both preserve and innovate upon the legacy of one of the most beloved adventure games of all time.

This version of Riven is designed to be both a homage to its roots and a leap into the future of interactive storytelling. Leveraging modern-day technology and the power of Unreal Engine 5, Cyan Worlds aims to recreate and expand on its vision for Riven with development focused on delivering native experiences on both flatscreen and VR platforms. The game will offer an unparalleled level of immersion, allowing players to truly feel part of the enigmatic D’ni Empire while exploring the decaying age of Riven. With new puzzles, expanded storylines, and breathtaking visuals, even those who know the original by heart will find themselves lost again in its depths.

Cyan Worlds is dedicated to ensuring that every player's experience is unique and memorable, whether longtime fans or newcomers to the series.

The first official gameplay reveal of the Riven remake showcases a new take on exploration and mobility for the 1997 hit, now fully realized in 3D.

Utilizing Unreal Engine 5, the team has rebuilt the game's environments and iconic puzzles from the ground up, from the intricate rotating room to the mysterious imager cage. Both old adventurers and new players will marvel at this revamped piece of the D’ni Empire, which offers the magic of the original with the gameplay and polish you’ve come to expect from modern puzzle adventures.

In addition to the gameplay trailer above, Cyan Worlds is excited to welcome BAFTA and SAG nominated actress Shannon Woodward —who starred as Dina in The Last of Us Part II, Sabrina in Raising Hope, and Elsie in Westworld— and Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist and NYT best-selling author Ronan Farrow —who did voice work for From Up on Poppy HillThe Wind Rises, and AREA MAN LIVES— to the Riven family. Shannon and Ronan will portray two new characters not part of the original Riven: The Sequel to Myst and will be featured in an expanded game section. Joining them is actor and comedian Lauren Gamiel —who performed in Lighthouse, which was the longest-running off-Broadway show at the SoHo Playhouse, and directs, writes, and performs in solo comedy works for theater and film— providing voice-over and motion capture for Catherine, Russell Webster, performing motion capture for Gehn, and Rand Miller —Cyan Worlds’ CEO and co-founder— who will reprise his role as Atrus.

I love collaborative art in general and I love games. I particularly love narrative games and I think Myst and Riven were just so ahead of their time in terms of puzzles and games,” says Shannon Woodward. “The way they are so commonly integrated into stories now, it so clearly stems from this narrative puzzle game that I played when I was a kid, and I think it was so influential.

It's such a thrill to be able to perform this role. And I love and respect that Cyan [Worlds] is taking this classic and not just remaking it, which is already exciting, but putting all this additional inspiration in it and specifically focusing on character,” says Ronan Farrow. “I think part of what made Riven something formative for me as a kid is that it is so character-driven.

The game will also preserve original voice performances by John Keston (Gehn), Christine Steel (Nelah), Vicente Ramos (Gehn's guard), and Kate Vita (Keta), with John Keston’s performance in particular serving as an homage to the late actor who brought Gehn to life in the original Riven and sadly passed away in 2020. John is beloved in the Myst and Riven communities, and Cyan Worlds hopes the game’s remake will introduce a new generation of gamers to his historic performance.

Key Features:

  • Intricate Storytelling and Mind-Bending Puzzles: Challenge your intellect with Riven's cunning puzzles woven throughout its narrative.
  • Immersive Environments and Stunning Graphics: Explore surreal islands, each meticulously crafted with unparalleled attention to detail, from dense, lush jungles to awe-inspiring caverns.
  • An Expanded World To Explore: Encounter an immersive and visually stunning world that will captivate newcomers and reveal new mysteries for long-time fans.
  • Fully Re-imagined Gaming Experience: Experience Riven like never before, with free movement through a real-time 3D environment. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer returning to Riven or a newcomer eager to explore Riven’s mysteries for the first time, this immersive and visually stunning world will captivate you.
  • Truly Immersive Experience Developed in Parallel for flatscreen and VR: Cyan Worlds is simultaneously developing the flatscreen and VR versions of the game to ensure a high-quality experience regardless of players’ platform of choice.

Riven is coming to flatscreen, PC (Steam) and VR platforms in 2024.

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