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MYST DS Goes Gold

Empire Interactive today announced that its upcoming DS title MYST has gone gold.

Just in time for summer vacation, this game will allow you to participate in eerie adventures on the road, beach, in the sky or wherever your travels lead to.

MYST takes full advantage of the DS touch-screen, seamlessly incorporating new tools for greater challenges.

Press Release

AUSTIN, Texas – March 31, 2008 – Empire Interactive, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced that development for MYST is complete. Just in time for summer vacation, MYST allows players to take their eerie adventures on the road, in the sky, to the beach or wherever their travels may lead. The game takes full advantage of the DS’ touch-screen technology, seamlessly incorporating new tools for a greater challenge.

Developed by Hoplite Research, LLC, MYST packs in every bit of the original game’s engaging and mysterious adventuring goodness – more than 40 hours of gameplay – and adds to it. The experience has been enhanced and recreated for Nintendo DSTM, including an all-new interface, a new set of mini-tools, re-mastered soundtrack and video, and the Rime Age, a new world not included in the original MYST.

“Nintendo DS has provided us an amazing, yet challenging opportunity to bring the MYST franchise to a huge and diverse audience – more than 65 million units have sold since the system’s launch in 2004,” said Karim Farghaly, vice president of sales, Empire Interactive. “MYST has been around over a decade, and it is an absolute pleasure to reintroduce the game to long-time fans and first-time adventure seekers.”

“MYST is one of the greatest interactive casual games ever created and we are proud to work closely with the creators of the original to bring this experience to all Nintendo DS players of all ages.” said Manny Granillo, president and chief designer, Hoplite Research, LLC.

Uniting adventure gamers new and old, MYST DS is expected to ship to North American retail stores on May 13, 2008 with an ESRB rating of “E” for “Everyone.”

MYST is an engaging experience that draws adventure-seekers into beautiful yet eerie worlds with unique settings in varied times and places. While venturing through the six worlds of MYST, players find themselves playing a key role in an ever unfolding story or family intrigue and betrayal – by solving a multitude of puzzles, mazes, and problems. Close observation and precise logic will help players unlock the secrets of MYST. The non-linear gameplay of MYST is designed unlike any other adventure game, with no instructions, inventory, death or dialogue. MYST is about the experience encountered throughout the breathtaking worlds and environments.

About Empire Interactive

Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been in business for 18 years. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the U.S., Germany, Italy, France and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles for all current platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Games such as Starsky & Hutch, Big Mutha Truckers, Ford Racing and FlatOut have all enjoyed success across the world. Its budget label, Xplosiv, is one of the fastest growing game labels in Europe. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at www.empireinteractive.com.

About Cyan Worlds, Inc.

Cyan Worlds, Inc., located in Spokane, WA, is best known for MYST and Riven, which received numerous awards, critical acclaim and broad popularity. Cyan has been designing and building immersive interactive worlds since 1987. For more information about Cyan Worlds, visit www.cyanworlds.com.

About Hoplite Research

Hoplite Research, LLC is a leading entertainment research group, developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Created in 2001 primarily as the entertainment industry’s first research group, Hoplite Research, LLC is dedicated to finding new methods of entertaining through technology, innovation, and design on all major PC and videogame platforms, including the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, WiiTM, Nintendo DSTM and XboxTM.

MYST is a registered trademark of Cyan Worlds, Inc. ©1994-2008 Cyan Worlds, Inc. MYST logo is a registered trademark of Cyan Worlds, Inc. MYST and all character names and likenesses are trademarks of Cyan Worlds, Inc. Some specific content unique to the Nintendo DS is property of Hoplite Research, LLC ©2006-2008. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved. Published under license from Hoplite Research, LLC and licensed to Empire Interactive.

The statements which are not historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to risks associated with the uncertainty of future financial results, additional financing requirements, development of new products, regulatory approval processes, the impact of competitive products or pricing, technological changes, the effect of economic conditions and other uncertainties detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.