The developers behind Myst and Obduction have announced their next virtual reality (VR) game with the reveal of Firmament.
Though details are currently thin on what players can expect from Firmament the announcement of the title is an exciting one given the work of developer Cyan in the past. Having released Obductionback in 2016, which was the successor to Myst, developer Cyan has clearly been hard at work on this new title. Said to be a “new VR experience” the titles website describes it as a “resplendent, magical, journey” and a “new steampunk adventure”. Players will be sent on a “monumental voyage through four diverse and curious realms, working in concert with an ever-present, clockwork companion, and the support and instruction of a long-dead, ethereal mentor.”
The released teaser trailer clocks in at just under two and a half minutes, showing off plenty of stunning environments and interesting steampunk elements. The narrative that is delivered in the voice-over creates a tense atmosphere full of mystery and questions just waiting to be answered. With mentions of some sort of ‘arrival’ it seems that players will need to uncover the truth of what is happening in this cold, harsh world and find the answers they seek. With Firmament planned to be a VR release it can be expected that exploring every possible space and interacting with everything will be required.
With a proven track record and a stunning reveal Cyan clearly know how to get people excited for a release. Though no further details are available beyond the teaser trailer and the rather bare-bones website, Firmament is already shaping up to be a title worth keeping an eye on. With the focus on VR from the get go, it is possible that the title will be an outstanding experience but until gameplay is released and we can get hands on, that is up for debate. There are no details about a release window yet.