Switch owners have been very lucky to get a double dose of Ori over the last couple years. Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are some of the best Metroidvania action you can find on any platform, with each game bringing in multiple awards and big sales. Can we expect there to be a third return to the world of Ori? IGN talked to Moon Studios lead artist Daniel van Leeuwen to find out.
"For now we're focused on our newest title, but we've left the door open for a return to Ori's world. It would really come down to whether or not there's a story that the team is excited to tell. There are a lot of possibilities for stories to tell in [Ori game settings] Niwen or Nibel. As you mentioned, both prequels and spin-offs would give us an opportunity to expand on the lore while giving a fresh perspective. Although we don't have anything planned at the moment, I think there's a lot of potential there. Sometimes I’ll have an idea that I think would be cool to explore, so I make a note of it and file it away for now. Continuing to expand on what we've already established could be a lot of fun."
Of course, another trip to the Ori universe doesn't have to take place in a game. Could there ever be an Ori comic book or animated series? Daniel spoke about that as well.
"There are some inherent restrictions to story-telling in a game, so that could be really interesting. I think Ori's world could very easily transfer to other media. In terms of lore, there's a lot we could dive into and explore more in-depth."
Finally, there's one thing that Moon Studios would definitely love to see with Ori. If Nintendo ever wants to add Ori to Smash, Moon Studios would definitely be on board. Company co-founder Gennadiy Korol shared their thoughts.
"I think all of us at Moon would LOVE to see Ori in Smash and we think that Ori’s moveset and fighting mechanics [would] be tons of fun. I honestly think this could be amazing and you should tweet Phil Spencer about it!"