The new trailer for Riven reveals the remake’s atmospheric gameplay

Every puzzle leads to discovery.

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The key art for Riven (the 2024 remake).

The original Myst is an iconic narrative adventure exploration puzzle game released in 1993. Riven: The Sequel to Myst launched four years later. A remake of Myst came to us in 2020, so it only makes sense that a remake of Riven is delivered (again) four years later. Riven has been shown off in small pieces so far, and today the developer released a new trailer that shows off a good amount of the gameplay.'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

Riven is a love letter to classic narrative-driven puzzle games of the ’90s. Players will slowly unravel the many mysteries of the D’ni and Rivenese mythologies. Carefully explore five islands to uncover clues, decipher foreign languages, and become immersed in the lore. The puzzles require profound reflection and examination of the environment.

This remake uses contemporary technology to recreate and expand upon the original Riven. Like the Myst remake, development is focused on both flatscreen and VR platforms. The goal is to make players feel as though they are part of the world while exploring the decaying age. The game features new puzzles, expanded storylines, and breathtaking visuals.

The gameplay isn’t the only part of Riven that was revealed today: the voice cast was announced. The remake preserves original voice performances by John Keston (Gehn), Christine Steel (Nelah), Vicente Ramos (Gehn’s guard), and Kate Vita (Keta). Lauren Gamiel provides voice-over and motion capture for Catherine, Russell Webster provides motion capture for Gehn, and Cyan Worlds’ CEO Rand Miller reprises his role as Atrus.

Shannon Woodward (Dina in The Last of Us Part II) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow will play two new characters that are featured in an expanded game section. “It’s such a thrill to be able to perform this role,” says Farrow in a press release. “And I love and respect that Cyan [Worlds] is taking this classic and not just remaking it, which is already exciting, but putting all this additional inspiration in it and specifically focusing on character. I think part of what made Riven something formative for me as a kid is that it is so character-driven.”

Developed and published by Cyan Worlds, Riven will be released simultaneously for PC/Mac flatscreens and VR platforms later this year. (Mac players will need an Apple silicon model to play.)

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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