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Austin-based computer animation studio Mighty Coconut is developing virtual reality mini golf games with one set coming out this summer and another near the end of the year.
These announcements come in the form of technology races to make advances in virtual reality and the metaverse, a growing network of virtual worlds. So far, the tech scene in Austin has put its hat in the ring with games like the best-selling World of White Sands Island.
For this latest game, known as “Walkabout Mini Golf: Myst,” Mighty Coconut has partnered with Washington-based video game developer Cyan to create a 36-hole course that could rival Peter Pan Mini Golf in South Austin.
This partnership revives genres of the classic puzzle video game Myst, which was initially released for Mac computers in the early 1990s. By tapping into the market for gamers and non-players alike, it has managed to become one of the best-selling video games of the 20th century. Just last year, Apple improved the game for its M1 chip and released it on the App Store.
“Our generations of players have discovered the starkly beautiful and now iconic island of Myst, so it is now only natural that we open this virtual mini golf where fans can connect and explore,” said Hanna Gammell, Director of Development at Cyan.
Gamiel added that people will be able to explore the world made by the creators, known as the Miller Brothers. Players can also “have friends from all over the world join them for fun — all over the weird game of mini golf,” Gammell said.
Mighty Coconut said the course will be available on Meta Quest, Steam, and upcoming VR platforms and will include settings, objects, and a “spirit of puzzles” from the Myst saga.
And it’s not just about trying to punch a hole in one. This latest game will also feature 18 missing balls to collect, a fox hunting expedition and a souvenir virtual bat to collect.