Today's round-up includes news on the non-demise of Myst
creator Cyan Worlds, as well as Ubisoft's announcement of a new breakdancing game, and Mastiff's Xbox Live-enabled step editor for rhythm action title Pump It Up
, as well as today's product news and Gamasutra job postings.
- Several media outlets have confirmed the news that Washington-based developer Cyan Worlds, which was recently reported
to be down to just two employees, following the completion of the final game in its Myst
series, Myst V: End Of Ages
, has now found a new title to work on, and is working hard to recover its recently laid off staff. Talking to Dean Takahashi at the San Jose Mercury News, Cyan co-founder Rand Miller commented: "Managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat (that I can't give details about yet), so we rehired almost everybody. Crazy industry. It's giving me whiplash."
- Ubisoft has announced that it will publish Flow: Urban Dance Uprising
, billed as "the first and only breakdancing and hip hop video game", for PlayStation 2 this holiday season in North America. Developed by Montreal-based Artificial Mind and Movement, the game features classic breakdancing gameplay and a soundtrack of hip hop artists including the Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, and Eric B & Rakim. Gamers can compete against as many as seven other players and choose from a host of dancers that perform classic breakdance moves in one of 10 different urban settings.
- Publisher Mastiff has revealed the availability of the step editor for the Xbox version of its recently launched, Andamiro-developed dancemat title Pump It Up: Exceed
. Free and available for download exclusively from Xbox Live, the step editor is exclusive to the Xbox version of Pump It Up: Exceed
, and allows players to import their favorite music via Xbox Soundtracks and create their own choreography, and to create or modify steps for existing songs in the game.
- Also updated today: product news, including THQ Wireless' use of the Tira Jump mobile middleware
and Futuremark's adoption of Ageia's PhysX for benchmarking
, plus today's Gamasutra job postings
, featuring companies such as CMP Media, Datascope Recruitment, Demiurge Studios, Electronic Arts Tiburon, NaturalMotion, Petroglyph, and TimeGate Studios.