Uru: Ages Beyond Myst

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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst cover
Developers
Cyan Worlds
Engines
Plasma Engine 2.0
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2003
macOS (OS X) 2018
Reception
Metacritic 79
Taxonomy
Series Myst
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst on HowLongToBeat
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst on IGDB
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst on MobyGames
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst on Wikipedia
Myst
Myst 1993
Riven 1997
realMyst 2000
Myst III: Exile 2001
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst 2003
Myst IV: Revelation 2004
Myst V: End of Ages 2005
Myst Online: Uru Live 2007
realMyst: Masterpiece Edition 2014
Myst (2021) 2021

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Press F4 to open the Pause Menu
Game works well on modern systems

General information

Official forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Uru: Complete Chronicles
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Uru: Complete Chronicles
Does not require the Steam client to run.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Uru: Complete Chronicles comes with the base game and all its expansions

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Uru: To D'ni Available for free.
Windows
Uru: The Path of the Shell
Windows

Essential Improvements[edit]

Official Beta Patch 1.1.4 for URU: Complete Chronicles[3]
Allows widescreen without stretching.
As of December 29, 2020, this is still newer than the Steam and GOG versions.
EAX Patch[4]
This makes it possible to enable EAX on modern systems using DSOAL, Open AL Soft, or Creative ALchemy.

Modifications[edit]

Drizzle[edit]

Allows, among other features, to install fan-made content and content from Myst Online: Uru Live.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/63650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\sav[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/63650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For widescreen support without stretching, see Essential Improvements for the beta patch.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Even with Beta patch, 4k is not supported.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game control layout/settings.
In-game control layout/settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Launcher audio settings.
Launcher audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Settings only available in-game.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
look at Essential Improvements for EAX patch to be able to enable it on modern systems.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Polish
Local retail version only.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Software renderer
Under "3D Hardware". [REF] denotes reference (no rendering, software mode), while [HAL] denotes hardware acceleration.
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Speex
Interface FreeType
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256
ATI Radeon 7000
Intel Extreme
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) macOS 10.13 or greater
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512MB RAM
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5GB HDD
Video card (GPU) 3D graphics card with 64MB VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/63650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (63650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References