Ori and the Will of the Wisps is undoubtedly one of the best games of this year 2020. With its sumptuous aesthetics and its polished gameplay, the Metroidvania of Moon Studios has seduced many players. And while a version optimized for 120 frames per second will be available on Xbox Series X and Series S, the independent studio is now working on a brand new license. However, in an interview with IGN, the developer leaves the door open for a future return of Ori.
New Ori games?
If Moon Studios’ next game will be an action RPG in partnership with Private Division (and therefore undoubtedly multiplatform), international teams do not forget their first love. Ori and The Blind Forest had thrown them into the limelight and its sequel, Ori and The Will of the Wisps, gave them their credentials. This is why Jeremy Gritton, Artistic Director of Moon, specifies not to be closed to a retro on this license after having developed their current project.
For now, we’re focusing on our new title, but we’ve left the door open for a return to Ori’s world. It will really be a question of whether or not there is a story the team is eager to tell.
There are many potential stories to be told in Niwen or Nibel. As you mentioned, a prequel or spin-offs would give us the opportunity to dig deeper into the lore while bringing new perspectives.
A clear speech that clearly suggests that there is still material to tell new stories around Ori or other characters. Moreover, more than just the open door, Jeremy Gritton sometimes lets himself be carried away by some thoughts and ideas that come to him.
While we don’t have anything planned at the moment, I think there is a lot of potential. Sometimes I have an idea that I think is interesting to explore, so I write it down and categorize it for now. Continuing to develop what we’ve already established could be a lot of fun.
Ori, the cartoon?
In many ways, Ori could easily be translated into other media. If you’ve been exploring Nibel’s world, you know how well certain scenes would lend themselves, for example, to an animated film. Between dramatic moments and epic sequences, Ori could undoubtedly delight young and old in front of a screen. A reflection carried by IGN and to which Moon Studios seems favorable.
There are certain restrictions inherent in telling a story in a game, so it could be really interesting. I think Ori’s world could very easily be ported to other media. In terms of lore, there is a lot that we could explore in more depth.
What to start dreaming of new adventures for little Ori. In the meantime, let’s hope to quickly discover the action RPG in preparation at Moon Studios. If it has the same qualities as its illustrious predecessor, it will undoubtedly be a great game!