The Cyan Worlds Website
word that the URU Live aspect of URU: Ages Beyond Myst is being shut down
(thanks mtnlover). Here's the gist of it, starting with the bad news:
Live is being put to bed.
Even with all of the time, money, resources, code, people, sweat, and heart that
were poured into Uru Live, we needed a certain number of subscribers to pay the
bills. We didn't get there. Uru Live is innovative and unique; its online
universe is one of the most beautiful and complex ever built, anywhere. The idea
of ongoing content was dramatic and forward-looking, but it required a
substantial continuing effort to sustain. We were just not able to sign up the
number of subscribers (even for free) necessary to pay for that effort.
Now for the good news...
The soul of Uru Live will live larger.
The soul of Uru Live came in two parts: the community and the content. Both will
live on. Nothing can kill the community - it has a life of its own. The Call and
the Gathering of the community will continue. And the content - what can I say?
We have it, large amounts of it, ready to expand the world of Uru. In the past
weeks we've been hard at work packaging that content in a different, more
inclusive form - expansion packs - the first of which will be available in a
month or two. Even better, the first expansion pack, To D'ni, is free. And
there's more good news on inclusivity. I'm pleased to officially announce that
the Mac version of Uru is finally under way.