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'Uru: Ages Beyond Myst' Launches

by Thomas on Nov. 14, 2003 @ 5:40 a.m. PST

Stunning graphics, mind-bending puzzles, family-friendly gameplay, and endless exploration only begin to describe Uru: Ages Beyond Myst for Windows, from Ubisoft and Cyan Worlds -- available nationwide today at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49.99 and rated "E" for Everyone.

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, from the makers of the legendary videogames Myst® and Riven(TM), will appeal to players of all ages, genders and skill levels as they become engaged in its deep and compelling single-player storyline. Players will explore immersive worlds in full 3D, become absorbed by the rich orchestral arrangements and even hear Peter Gabriel's song "Burn You Up, Burn You Down." The highly anticipated game featuring a complete single-player offline adventure is being received with critical acclaim among media and gamers alike. Of particular interest is the upcoming Uru Live feature that allows multiplayer gameplay and continues the story where the single-player experience ends, with new content, features and Ages to explore.

"Uru: Ages Beyond Myst will keep game players captivated by the mixture of a rich storyline, challenging puzzles and incredibly beautiful graphics," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing, Ubisoft. "Players will love the single-player adventure, and we believe they will want to try Uru Live to continue their experience once it becomes fully available."

Time Magazine included the game in its top ten videogames of 2003 and added, "Uru is utterly immersive -- a universe that seems as sentient as if you were really there." PC Gamer acknowledged Uru: Ages Beyond Myst by stating, "... adventure gaming will never be the same again." GameSpot shared, "Uru promises to retain much of the same charm, wonder and classic adventure gameplay that has made the series so popular."

"We're extremely excited to finally invite Myst fans and others to experience Uru: Ages Beyond Myst," said Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds. "The single-player adventure is the biggest and most immersive Myst title to date, and the online component will extend the storyline into new and exciting directions."

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Background

The story of the D'ni civilization began when the D'ni established their underground empire on Earth some 10,000 years ago. The D'ni practiced a technology called the "Art of Writing" to create links to incredible alternate worlds of fantastic variety called "Ages," to which they could travel through "Linking Books." During that time, a group of D'ni traveled to the surface of what is now southern New Mexico, connecting our world and theirs.

The D'ni people thrived for thousands of years but later met with a great catastrophe that ended their civilization. The vast underground cities of the D'ni were left uninhabited with their Linking Book technology seemingly lost forever -- until now.

Owners of the PC boxed game will be able to try Uru Live through ubi.com(TM), one of the world's top ten gaming portals. Pricing and further details regarding Uru Live will be announced at a later date. For more information about the game and to download a playable demo, visit http://www.urulive.com.

PC Requirements for Uru: Ages Beyond Myst:

Supported OS: Windows(R) XP/ME/2000/98 SE (only)
Processor: 800 MHz Pentium(R) III or AMD Athlon(TM)
RAM: 256 MB RAM
Video Card: 32 MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) 1, 2, 3, 4, or FX; ATI(R)
Radeon(TM) 7000-9800 or better
Sound Card: DirectX(R) 9-compatible audio card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9 (included on disc)
CD-ROM: 4x or faster (not recommended for use with CD-RWs)
Hard Drive Space: 2 GB free
Peripherals Supported: Mouse, keyboard
Display: 800x600 16-bit display

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