The Starry Expanse Project (also known as simply Starry Expanse or sometimes realRiven) is an official fan project to remake the game Riven: The Sequel to Myst in real time 3D.

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Historically we have avoided committing too much development time to terrain because in many ways it is secondary, and just wraps around more important features of the environment. Our priorities have always been to first create the navigable areas and interactable objects, followed by large set dressing, and only after that was complete would we focus on terrain.

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We’re now at a stage in the project where large parts of the game are ready, and so our intrepid 3D artist Jonas Becsan has been hard at work sculpting out the terrain on what is inarguably the most challenging location in the game – Jungle Island!

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We’re eager to share more of our workflow with you, so stay tuned for a more technical breakdown of our process early next year. Stay tuned!

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Happy 20th Anniversary!


On this day, twenty years ago, to much anticipation, Riven: The Sequel to Myst was finally released to worldwide critical acclaim. Two decades later...


I'm still in love with Riven. Best of luck to you Guys!

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Check out the latest work our artists have done on Jungle Island’s terrain!

Dec 7 2017

Congratulations @cyanworlds @tinselman @randemtweets on Riven’s 20th anniversary! Thank you for an experience that continues to inspire us.

Oct 31 2017

Today is the 20th anniversary of Riven’s release — the incredible game that continues to inspire us and our work!

Oct 31 2017

Looking for new ways to engage with Starry Expanse? Check out some of the community-building work we’ve been doing:

Oct 14 2017

Sometimes, design challenges come from unlikely places. Check out one example in this month’s blog post!…

Sep 7 2017

RT @MysteriumCon: Catch up on everything you missed at #mysterium 2017!

Aug 31 2017

You can watch our Mysterium 2017 presentation recording here!

Aug 9 2017

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