K’veer Update

First of all, thanks once again to everybody who’s donated so far. We’ve gotten donations ranging from $1, all the way up to over $100 from a few awesome contributors. Remember, every little bit helps, and every little bit will get your name in the credits!

Unfortunately, we’ve had a bit of a nasty realization about the nature of Unity Pro licensing, and it turns out that we’re going to need about $500 more than we originally thought, bringing our funding goal up to $2000. Still, we’re already more than halfway there, so keep those donations flowing!

It’s not all bad news, though! Primary modeling and texturing for the Mysterium presentation is now nearly complete. The engine is progressing nicely, and we’ve found a couple of great shader artists. The project advances every day, and as a bit of proof, here’s a video of the updated (entirely remodeled) K’veer, completed just last week:


42 Responses to “K’veer Update”.

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  • Bobbin Says:

    Looks really good! I just recently found out about this project. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it sooner.

  • Jevasi Says:

    Looking great I can’t wait to see this in person!

  • Anthomuy Says:

    Can’t wait to see what will come about in Mysterium. Pity I’m nowhere near the venue (Australia!) so I hope they’ll be heaps of footage posted here when it happens.

  • Alex Says:

    Will we see the “wizard of oz” effect from riven in the final version?

    • cho102997 Says:

      Haha, if you mean the transition from sepia-tone to full-color, then yes, I’d like to think that our game will look that much better than the original.

  • Gorobay Says:

    I believe Alex meant the Wizard of Oz effect mentioned at http://www.fortunecity.com/underworld/riven/473/begin.html.

  • Alex Says:

    Yes, that. I think it would be kind of funny if it started out with around realmyst quality 3D and then changed to what we’re seeing here.

    • Ev Says:

      I’ve done my best to match exactly the k’veer seen in the original images in Myst (not realmyst). Obviously, I’ve also done my best to update the quality, because those images were rendered in 1993. Riven used renders from Myst because they wanted the transition to be as seamless as possible. I’m trying to make the transition from Myst, not realmyst.

  • Alex Says:

    Not that realmyst is bad 3D…

  • Trekluver Says:

    Love the work you guys put into it. The floor tiles look way better than the original. Are you all going to record the Mysterium presentation for us to see?

    • cho102997 Says:

      Don’t worry, there’ll be a recording of the presentation. It will probably even be live-streamed on the official Mysterium UStream channel. For the best quality, though, you should be there in person!

  • Trekluver Says:

    I will be unable to attend but I’m looking forward to watching live! Thanks.

  • Trekluver Says:

    Yes I am. Glad to see you over here too. :)

    • Alex Says:

      I’d thought about bringing this project up over there, but I wasn’t how many people knew about it. So um… yeah.

      • Trekluver Says:

        I think they know about it. Most of the so called “hardcore” Myst fans know about it.

        • Ahlisendar Says:

          Interestingly enough, I didn’t find out about this project from mysterium (I assume that’s how most people know about it). Instead, I found it on the myst lore wiki, as it was under “recent edits”.

  • 233 Says:

    i know this is kindah weird but wasn’t the k’veer in riven a tad darker? i remember the only prominent light source being atruses lamp.

  • Graham Says:

    I just recently discovered your project. I’m really enjoying the work you’ve done so far. :)

    I have a question: Will there be real-time day/night transitions like in realMYST?

    • cho102997 Says:

      Come to Mysterium! ;)

      • Ahlisendar Says:

        I think there should be, but much MUCH slower than in realMYST. Because in realMYST it sort of ruins the sense of immersion. i.e. how could night possibly last only five minutes??? It should be more like eder gira, in my opinion.

      • Trekluver Says:

        Me thinks this is a spoiler. :D Now I’m defiantly watching the presentation live!

  • Ahlisendar Says:

    It’s been nearly a month. We need an update. How about some wallpapers of the game itself?

    • Ev Says:

      We’re keeping a lot of recent work under wraps for a big unveiling at Mysterium. Stay tuned till August.

      • Ahlisendar Says:

        I will probably be unable to attend mysterium this year. And our internet is too slow to do the live streaming thing. But do you know if there’s any way to get a live blog with pictures or something?

  • Ahlisendar Says:

    @cho102997
    Wow! Does that mean we’ll be able to see rain/fog on riven? Or snow, to go with the temple easter egg?

  • Trekluver Says:

    I for one hope we can go outside that door now on the 233rd Age. I always wanted to see what was out there.

    • Ahlisendar Says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Aside from creative license, I’ve never really understood HOW gehn gets that damn door open!

      • Trekluver Says:

        With Cyan approval, I don’t think it’s outside the teams limit. Plus I always figured he dropped the key on the floor and that Cyan didn’t want us to look down to see it. Besides, on Riven’s first release it probably would have taken another disc to fit it on. :)

  • Mystical.Digital Says:

    I’m using Unity free right now, thinking about getting Unity Pro eventually, what exactly caused the goal to increase though? I’m just wondering since I’m looking to purchase it. If you need to keep it in confidence or don’t want to explain it here please feel free to email me at mystical.digital@gmail.com.

    • cho102997 Says:

      We were under the assumption that a Pro license applied to the project, not the person. We need multiple Pro licenses for multiple users, so a higher funding goal.

      • Ahlisendar Says:

        Speaking of which, it’s a little odd that the donations ground to a halt (sorry, someone had to say it). I assume that means that everyone who knows about this project has donated so there are no more people. But you probably have high hopes for mysterium, in terms of funding (i.e. more people find out about it, more people donate).

      • Mystical.Digital Says:

        damn, it’s per-person? *sigh* now if only I could model worth a damn :P

  • Ahlisendar Says:

    37th comment!

  • Ahlisendar Says:

    I suppose I should explain the above comment.

    But for the sake of a good mystery, I won’t.

  • Mystical.Digital Says:

    I assume you are referencing the 37th age… a truly tragic part of BoA imho

  • Oliver35 Says:

    What is your favorite version of kveer? Myst masterpiece, realmyst for ipad, riven dvd rom, uru path of the shell, or end of ages?

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