Following the release of Ori and the Will of the Wisps – the sequel to 2015’s metroidvania-style platformer Ori and the Blind Forest – Moon Studios feel that the titular protagonist’s story is complete. In an interview with IGN, the team behind Ori stated that they feel that the adorable white guardian spirit’s adventures came to a satisfying conclusion at the end of Will of the Wisps.
Due to this, the studio has no plans to produce any further games featuring Ori, and are working on an unrelated project which has been described as an “action RPG”. However, art director Jeremy Gritton clarified that the studio does feel that there are more stories to tell in Ori’s world, even if they don’t necessarily feature the spirit as a main character.
“There are a lot of possibilities for stories to tell in Niwen or Nibel,” Gritton told IGN, referring to the perilous land and ancient forest which Ori explores during the first two games. He also stated that Moon Studios would be interested in making Ori-themed animated TV series, comics, or other non-game media, as there are stories they want to tell that are not suited to the video game format.
When asked if Ori might be making an appearance as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Moon team indicated that they had not been contacted regarding this but would love it if Ori was chosen for a slot. Moon co-founder Gennadiy Korol stated that Ori’s moves and powers would be well suited to a fighting game, citing the guardian spirit’s appearance in the 2017 game Rivals of Aether.
Could fans help Ori in smash become a reality? Korol definitely thinks it’s possible. “You should tweet Phil Spencer [head of Xbox] about it!” Korol encouraged.
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