In 2006, online distribution service GameTap brought Myst Online back from the brink after Ubisoft unceremoniously canned the budding project. However, Uru fans had reason to be skeptical over the future of the niche massively multiplayer online edition of Cyan World's famed puzzle adventure. After all, financial concerns were laid at the feet of the game's original cancellation in 2004, and the market for adventure-style puzzle games hasn't exactly expanded in recent years.
It turns out that the skepticism was well founded, as GameTap today gave players a two-month notice on the shuttering of Myst Online: Uru Live, after having launched the game a little more than one year ago. A post by GameTap VP of Content and Creative Director Ricardo Sanchez confirms the game's closure, saying it was once again economic viability that dissipated the game's future.
"The decision was a very difficult one and was made for business reasons rather than due to any issues regarding the design and vision of the amazing world that Cyan Worlds and Rand Miller have brought to us," said Sanchez. "Despite the great Myst Online experience coming to a close, Cyan is still a very valued partner of GameTap, we are on excellent terms, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future."
According to Sanchez, Uru Live will continue to operate for the next 60 days on GameTap, but will be removed from the service after that period. Sanchez also noted that the game's Web site, MystOnline.com, will remain active for fans of the game.