Cyan Worlds the developers behind the MMO Myst Online URU has confirmed that the title will soon be open source, giving fans the source code for the servers, client and tools. They have also stated they will host all the files on their data servers. By the sounds of it the community will be able to create server side content and puzzles for your avatar to wonder through, long live the adventure genre! This brings up a few points to talk about: Myst Online may be on its last legs as far as supported content is concerned but how will players be able to separate the wheat from the chaff for custom content? Will we see amazing new stories or will there be an influx of unfinished, broken puzzles? Let's hope for some filtering system or a website similar to gmod.org for sifting through content.
The content will be rolled out in 'stages' starting shortly as stated by Tony Fryman, CEO of Cyan Worlds. And until that point they will continue to support one free online server. Let's just hope for Cyan Worlds sake this new venture works without too much input from the original developers.