Thursday, April 7, 2022

Mighty Coconut Bringing Golf to Myst & Labyrinth

Walkabout Mini Golf Video Game

Cyan—the developer of Myst, the best-selling video game of the 20th century—has signed a deal with Mighty Coconut to develop a 36-hole VR course Walkabout Mini Golf: Myst to be released Q4 of 2022. The course will be available on Meta Quest, Steam, and forthcoming VR platforms and will feature immersive gameplay with realistic physics, and iconic settings, objects, and the spirit of puzzles from the Myst saga. Myst is a graphic adventure puzzle video game initially released for the Macintosh personal computer platform in 1993, now approaching its 30th anniversary.

“Our generations of players have discovered the starkly beautiful and now iconic Myst island, so it now only feels natural that we open this virtual mini golf attraction where fans can connect and explore,” said Hannah Gamiel, Development Director at Cyan. “People will be able to explore the world the Miller brothers, Robyn and Rand, created, and have friends from all over the world join them in the fun—all around the whimsical game of mini golf.” The Cyan team had been fans of the game before negotiations began. 

Walkabout Mini Golf Labyrinth Teaser Poster

Mighty Coconut is the entertainment studio behind the best-rated multiplayer game on the Meta Quest: Walkabout Mini Golf, which in March announced a partnership with the Jim Henson Company to develop Walkabout Mini Golf: Labyrinth. The base game of Walkabout Mini Golf includes eight distinct courses, which each include 36 holes (18 easy mode and 18 hard mode). Mighty Coconut is subsequently releasing individual add-on courses as downloadable content (DLC)—three have been released to date, with more in the works. “Walkabout Mini Golf: Myst” will be a DLC course for the popular game.

The “Walkabout Mini Golf: Myst” DLC will be vivid, challenging, puzzle-filled, and beautiful course for players where they can escape, explore, and play solo or rendezvous with up to four other players for 18 easy mode and 18 hard mode holes—complete with iconic Myst objects, settings, and puzzles. There will also be 18 lost balls to collect and a “fox hunt” scavenger expedition as well as a virtual, commemorative putter to collect.

Walkabout Mini Golf Video Game 01

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Walkabout Mini Golf Video Game 01

“When we thought about iconic locations and compelling gameplay, Myst was right at the top of our list not only for it’s established sense of place but also its robust community of global players who we believe will embrace the chance to gather and putt their way through Myst island,” said Lucas Martell, executive producer and head of Mighty Coconut. 

Mighty Coconut is an independent studio based in Austin, Texas and has quickly risen in the virtual reality ecosystem, with Walkabout Mini Golf now  the top-rated multiplayer game on the Meta Quest platform, the 4th best-rated title on that platform altogether, and a gamer favorite—having recently been featured in the Meta Quest Super Bowl campaign. 

Walkabout Mini Golf Video Game 01

Walkabout Mini Golf Video Game 01

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Enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players of all ages in over 40 countries, Walkabout Mini Golf has received critical and player praise for its lush environments, true-to-life physics, and curated social experience with a self-paced, intergenerational appeal to advanced and novice players alike. The New York Times called Walkabout Mini Golf “an adorable mini-golf game that is unexpectedly convincing” and the Washington Post’s review heralded the title as “A magnificent collection of challenging holes set in fantasy locations”.

Notably, the game has earned a nearly perfect five-star rating with over 5,500 reviews on Meta Quest—the marketplace leader—and player engagement boasts a 2-Hour Usage Rate for more than 50% of users (around 10 times the standard), meaning they play Walkabout Mini Golf until their battery runs out. The Meta Quest 2 has been named one of “Oprah’s 2021 Favorite Things” and Meta has just passed the 10 million headsets sold benchmark, according to Qualcomm as of November 16, 2021.

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