“Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media,” the company said. “Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level.”
That said, I don’t feel the second-screen experience has been the revolution that hopefuls (HBO, etc.) had cracked it up to be. I have a difficult time pulling myself away from a good story to send an email, text, or surf the web. I have a hard time believe that “70 percent” is enjoying good TV. While a new Myst companion game sounds enticing, I have extreme reservations that I’ll be able to enjoy a world as rich and mysterious as Myst simultaneously on TV and iPad. The best I can picture is a children’s TV-esque situation where the actors on-screen “wait” for you to complete a puzzle before proceeding.
On the other hand, I love Myst and have very vivid memories of talking through the games with both my step-father at home and father 400 miles away. I enjoyed the game so much that I convinced my grade-school teacher to allow me to write a book report based in the strategy guide. Needless to say, I’ll be tuning in.