Myst Online dissipating

MMOG edition of famed puzzle adventure to be removed from GameTap's online distribution service within 60 days.

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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.

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Why does everyone want FPS?? i never liked the gametap service of myst. so this doesn't surprise me. wow isn't going anyware, even diablo ii still has a following ( but you don't pay to play that one)

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I tried playing it once or twice, but I like the old style better. That and I never saw anyone else online once.

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it's not that a certain genres is dieing .it simple the old way of playing those games are awful to games now.

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I wonder if and when this will happen to wow...

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Meh, I lost interest after Riven, anyway.

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The tumbling tumble weed...

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Got to make room for all the new FPS ... j/k (kind of) It's sad though, game genres are narrowing, not expanding.

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Ditto.

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Well I'd say Sam and Max's monthly episodes are keeping the adventure genre on life support. But let's face it, an adventure game MMO is just a bad idea.

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I said it once and i'll say it again, stop making MMORGs out of beloved single player games, time can be better spent making genuine originals rather than putting money ahead of qualtiy. It's all over the faces of the people who are hooked on even the considerable best MMORGs like WOW, they are like zombies, i dont even hear fun in their voices, just a robotic progression of spells and steps with a vacancy of joy. Thats why Myst and pretty much most other online models will fail with only a few others sucking up most of a users life and time and having a monopoly on that above all other things.

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Dying? It's been near death for about a DECADE! This is sad, I didn't really like the Myst series that much, especially the Uru sub-series, but still, it had it's place as one of the most prominent adventure games. At least GameTap tried it unlike Ubisoft. It's times like these I miss the Graphic Adventures of LucasArts and Sierra's adventure games.

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Shame.The Adventure Genre is dying.;_;

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