Ori and the Blind Forest Dev Wants to Continue the Story, Possibly With a Movie

"I'd love for us and Microsoft to do a little bit more with the IP," Moon Studios CEO says.


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Following his recent comments about Xbox and PC game Ori and the Blind Forest becoming profitable in just one week, developer Moon Studios CEO Thomas Mahler has now spoken about where the franchise could go next--and one possibility is the big screen.

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Writing on NeoGAF, Mahler said he has "somewhat" of an outline for where he'd like to take Ori's story in the future "if we'd get to work on another Ori-related project."

Speaking of which, Mahler said fans can help increase the liklihood of Moon Studios working on more Ori projects by buying the game and telling their friends about it.

"The more copies we sell, the higher the chance that we get to work on new projects," he said.

Going back to Ori's story, Mahler said, "I think we crafted a big world with memorable characters and there's a lot of potential for us to go in and keep working on that tale."

"I've read both sides now--people that loved the story and people that really only cared for the gameplay and dismissed the story," he added. "But there was actually quite a lot of lore we created that didn't really make it into Blind Forest. I do really like that we kept the story focused on that triangle-relationship between Ori, Naru, and Kuro. I love that our characters have quite a lot of depth and that even our antagonist isn't just out to take over the world, but has a good reason for her actions. But it'd be interesting to take it a step further and open up the world a bit more, to give people further insight into how Nibel works, the characters in it, etc."

Mahler went on to say that it's "perfectly fine" if people only enjoy Ori for its gameplay. But all the same, he says he'd like to expand on the game's story someday--possibly through a movie.

"I'd love for us and Microsoft to do a little bit more with the IP," he said. "Ultimately, I think it'd be amazing if some movie studio would acquire the film rights and produce a film based on Ori. I think the story we crafted would suit itself really well for that medium as well..."

Ori was released in March for Xbox One and PC. An Xbox 360 version is coming later this spring.

GameSpot's 9/10 Ori and the Blind Forest review hailed it as a "rapturous platformer that is as fun as it is beautiful." For more on the game, check out some images in the gallery below.

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