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Uru Live is an MMOG created by Cyan Inc.. It was originally released together with Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, but was soon cancelled due to a lack of players. Since then, there have been multiple re-releases of Uru Live, with the most recent being Myst Online: Uru Live again, which is currently the most recent game in the Myst franchise.
Original Uru Live
The original release of Uru Live was very similar to Ages Beyond Myst and was released together with it. When it was shut down by its publisher, Ubisoft, in 2004, many of the Ages that had been in development were cancelled. Some were later released in The Path of the Shell, Myst V: End of Ages, and Myst Online: Uru Live.
Ages and locations visited
- Kadish Tolesa
- Eder Gira
- Eder Kemo
- Maintainer Nexus
In January 2006, almost two years after the shutdown of the original Uru Live, Cyan released Untìl Uru. It served as a replacement of Uru Live. Cyan did not provide any support or updates for the game, which was run for the most part solely on fan-based servers, called shards. In February of the same year, Cyan created their own shard, called D'mala. The content of Untìl Uru was entirely identical to that of the original Uru Live.
Myst Online: Uru Live
An official continuation of Uru Live was released in February 2007 as Myst Online: Uru Live, or MO:UL for short. It was published by GameTap as a digital download via their service, which was subscription-based. However, it was cancelled after one year, in April 2008. Unlike the previous Uru Live releases, GameTap also released a version for Mac OS X.
The story was mostly continuous, but the community has made up a division into multiple "episodes". A summary of the events of Myst Online: Uru Live can be found on the official forums, in a thread called The Heritage Documents.
Ages and locations visited
- All locations from Untìl Uru, with the exception of the Gahreesen Wall and the Maintainer Nexus
- Eder Delin
- Eder Tsogal
- Pod Age
- Jalak Dador
- Ahnonay Cathedral
- Myst Island (Library only)
Myst Online: Uru Live again
Two years after the cancellation of MO:UL, Cyan acquired the rights for the game and re-released it as Myst Online: Uru Live again, or MO:ULagain for short, in February 2010. It is still being maintained and can be played for free, however it is funded with donations. The content is currently identical to that of MO:UL, with the exceptions of some bug fixes and additional fan-created clothing.
It was announced at Mysterium 2014 that fan-created content would start being implemented into the game "at some point within the next year or two", as well as some of the Myst V Ages, such as Noloben and Laki'ahn, and some of the Ages that had been cancelled when the original Uru Live was shut down, with the project being organized by a group of explorers called the Intangibles. In December 2015, an "update" was released that did not contain any visible changes, though there were changes to the build process to facilitate future incorporation of fan-contributed changes.
Planned fan-created content
- "Bead Age"
- "Jellyfish Age"
- "Spiral Age"
Other fan-created Ages and areas