Gatheryn is an interactive massive multi-player world of adventure, mystery and romance. You assume the role of a Victorian themed character as you explore, socialize and quest your way through the world. You have the option of complete customization of your character and your character's home and you have the option of choosing which quests you play and where in the world you play them. Gatheryn is designed to allow you to chose your preferred balance between exploration, adventure and quests, or socialization with your friends and the new friends you will meet out in the world or at home in your lodgings.
“With Gatheryn we’re creating a very accessible world appropriate for gamers looking for a mature and enjoyable pastime,” said Joseph Walters, CEO of MindFuse and Lead Designer on Gatheryn. “We’re very interested in the detailed aesthetics of the steam-powered genre, and our aim is to draw players into a romantic, vibrant world where story, community and puzzle-solving are the focus. Gatheryn provides an alternative to gamers who crave immersion and social interaction, but not the violence associated with similar games currently available.”
Gatheryn cloaks its bewitching story in a truly magical atmosphere, evoking the worlds of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or H.P. Wells' The Time Machine. Strange lamps penetrate the fog that shrouds the elegant Victorian houses and rural farms and settlements of Gatheryn. This fantasy Victorian era is enhanced by the strange steam-powered machines that the people have developed with the limited power sources at their disposal. Steam-powered dirigibles and exotic ships, which glide through the air and on the sea, further give shape to this world of imagination, while the constant turning of the wind machines provides a moving backdrop.
“There’s a very large and active casual gaming community out there dissatisfied with the lack of social features on many of the bigger casual gaming portals,” said Matthew Le Merle, MindFuse Chairman. “While we want to maintain uniqueness and individuality in Gatheryn, we also want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for friends, family and fellow gamers to gather and enjoy the experience in a fully immersive 3D world.”
Gatheryn is a story of a people struggling to free themselves from the yoke of a powerful overlord who creates and controls their primary source of energy and light. It is also a story of love and romance, power and corruption. Gatheryn brings to life a world of adventure, mystery and romance, and weaves a story that will thrill and excite anybody who enjoys a fantasy world, a quest filled adventure or a land to explore alone or in the company of friends.
On arrival in Gatheryn, you will explore Fog Town on Elymia Island, the first of Gatheryn's unique lands. Interact with the characters that inhabit Fog Town like Vivian and Ambrose and you will be invited to undertake quests each of which will include mini-games and puzzles that are spread throughout the Island. Visit the town itself, the docks and fairground, or go further afield to explore the farms and forests, the hills and beaches, or climb the slopes of the volcano to visit the castle of Elymia's overlord, Marcellus Deering, but do so with care.
Each quest will challenge you to play and master mini-games and puzzles. When you discover a new mini-game you can simply click to play. Each game gives you the opportunity to win silver pieces that you can spend in the shops of Fog Town, on costumes and accessories or on a pet (perhaps a ferret or a steam driven mechanical monkey) who will join you on your adventures. Silver pieces are also the currency that will allow you to rent, furnish and decorate your own lodgings to which you can invite your friends to visit and socialize.
Gatheryn will constantly expand as new islands are added and new mini-games are released. Expect to be constantly surprised by your adventures and as you join with your new friends in solving mysteries and completing quests. Gatheryn brings to life a world of adventure, mystery and romance, and weaves a story that will thrill and excite anybody who enjoys a fantasy world, a quest filled adventure or a land to explore alone or in the company of friends.
MindFuse's Gatheryn will go public beta in the spring of 2009.