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Indie studio Cyan, the developer of Myst and Riven, today announced its next narrative adventure game Firmament launches on May 18.
The PC and virtual reality title is Cyan’s first original release since Obduction in 2016. Kickstarter campaign amassed over $1.4 million with over 18,000 backers.
Today, Cyan revealed a new trailer for the game, coming to PC and Mac (2D and VR) on May 18. Cyan said that PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR 2 versions will come later.
Firm is one steampunk visual feast with exciting new sights to see around every corner, seen on both the standard screen and in VR. Players will explore three Realms of Firmament, each with secrets and mysteries to uncover, in this puzzle adventure with deep storytelling and rich world-building. What purpose do these seemingly abandoned realms serve? What are the gigantic, mysterious machines that are scattered all over the world? And can you trust the apparition that accompanies you on your journey?
Firmament will tell deep stories and build worlds, uncover the story of this seemingly abandoned world as you explore and unlock the mysteries of three unique realms and beyond.
You wake up in a glacial cave full of metal pipes and adorned with curious clockwork gears. In the middle of a dark room you discover an old table – a teacup on one end and a frozen body bent over the other. The hands of the corpse hold a fine watch, which is presented as an offering. You reach for it and it comes to life; it hovers above you and watches, before a mysterious apparition appears with a message. You find yourself with an immense and unexpected adventure ahead of you.
Players will explore a fantastic steampunk world. Firmament invites you to explore the legendary deep world that Cyan is known for. It’s a “steampunk visual feast with exciting new sights” to see around every corner, Cyan said. At the same time, his world feels completely plausible, like it was built with a greater purpose in mind, Cyan said.
The Adjunct, a handy clockwork companion, helps you solve puzzles. He doesn’t speak, but he understands you and your hand gestures – together you form a vocabulary of gestures that will help you solve challenges together and understand the epic nature of what lies ahead.
You will also be accompanied on your journey by a mysterious apparition with a story of its own. This apparition appeared with a message from the woman you left The Adjunct. She intended to guide you, but something has gone horribly wrong. Can the mind be trusted?
There is a great mystery here. Are the realms of Firmament deserted? What are these gigantic, mysterious machines that are scattered all over the world? What is their purpose? What role do you play in this great mystery? Search and discover the answers for yourself.
Firmament supports both 2D and VR play. The VR experience includes free roam and teleport modes and supports Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Rift S, and Quest 2 via Oculus Link. There are also many “comfort level” features, such as enabling smooth or fast turning, climbing stairs and ladders quickly, vertical height quantization, and more.
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