Ori Studio's Next Game Is About Humans, Not Fantasy Creatures

Moon Studios founder Thomas Mahler explains that its next game is going to be very different.

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After two Ori games, Blind Forest and Will of the Wisp, Moon Studios is going a more realistic direction. In an interview with GameSpot, studio founder Thomas Mahler talked about the approach and how it differs from the use of fantasy creatures.

Spoilers for Ori and the Blind Forest follow.

"[Using a fantasy setting] certainly helps us tell stories that we otherwise couldn't tell in this way. An interesting experiment would be to take the Ori story and just try to tell that through humans. Kuro kind of commits genocide. Right? Holy shit, that's crazy. But using fantasy creatures and doing that, it allows us to tell really harsh emotional stories without people questioning it."

"We're dealing with that right now, our next game is about humans and so on. It definitely makes it easier with these fantastical creatures. I'm amazed how much stuff I get away with that's actually quite shocking if you think about it."

Not much is known about Moon's next game. Last year, VGC reported that a job listing revealed the developer is making an action-RPG, and specifically requested candidates who have experience with the Zelda, Diablo, and Dark Souls franchises.

GameSpot's Ori and the Will of the Wisps review said the game was "a remarkable synthesis of artful design and beautiful moments."

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