Cyan understands that the above letter will still leave many in the community with questions - perhaps even more questions than you've had since the announcement of the rights issue was first published in Tom Sowa's article in the Spokesman Review TXT blog. (News of that announcement is spreading throughout gaming publications quickly - just today, the story was picked up by Kotaku, Massively, and Next Generation.) The Guild of Messengers is working with Cyan on a way to answer those questions. Stay tuned for MORE news!Shorah,
We've got some good news. GameTap and Cyan Worlds have reached an agreement that would return the rights of Myst Online to Cyan Worlds! We're very excited, but at the same time, there are some hurdles to overcome. Cyan Worlds is currently operating at a reduced capacity. We're not in a position where we have plenty of resources and people to bring MO back fast and furiously. But we've got a plan, and we'd like to run it past you - our fans and supporters.
Please realize that this roadmap is tentative and dynamic - but it's a starting point. There's no guarantee that we can accomplish all of these milestones, but they are something to discuss, adjust, and shoot for. We also need to mention that the roadmap below will most likely involve some minimal subscriber fees - something along the lines of $25 (US) for six months. (That number is subject to change.) We are not trying to make any money on this at this stage - but we do need to cover some of the costs. (Additional fees may apply for future Cyan content, front-end shard ownership, etc.)
You should know that the roadmap does not involve any new content from Cyan at this time. The plan is to start to move the content creation - the "Art" - to you. In addition the guilds themselves will start to exercise some authority in writing, monitoring, approving, communicating, etc.
For now, please watch and participate in the mystonline.com forum http://www.mystonline.com/forums/index.php This will be a good place to find updates - as well as through the Guild of Messengers and their affiliates http://www.guildofmessengers.com Also, consider joining one of the Guilds.
And because we felt like we all needed a little levity to combat the crazy whiplash of the continuing death and resurrection of Myst Online, we've decided to temporarily name the resurrection plan - Myst Online: Restoration Experiment (MORE) as in "We want MORE!"
Thanks again for so much support!
The MORE team