Moon Studios has been busy working on the Ori series lately, with their upcoming game Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, coming out next March. According to a new job listing for the company on Gamasutra, Moon Studios already has plans for its next game after Ori and the Will of the Wisps—some kind of action RPG.
According to the listing, which calls for senior designers, Moon Studios plans to “revolutionize the ARPG genre” with their next game, which they are working on “simultaneous” to Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The ad calls for someone who is “a designer by heart” with previous professional experience in the gaming industry. The candidate should also be “passionate” about RPGs, with the ad specifying loving “Diablo, Zelda, Dark Souls, and other games in the genre.” Moon Studios aims for their new RPG “to innovate and go far beyond what the genre has offered players thus far.” This unannounced game will likely release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, according to the platform section of the listing.
Moon Studios was founded in 2010 by former Blizzard cinematic artist Thomas Mahler and Animation Lab senior graphics engineer Gennadiy Korol. Though the company is based in Austria, they describe themselves as “a distributed development studio,” meaning everyone works remotely, so they accept job applications from people all around the world. Moon Studios describes itself as focusing on “highly refined gameplay mechanics” and priding itself “on an excessive ‘iterative polish’ process.”
They first announced Ori and the Blind Forest back in 2014 before releasing it in March 2015, with a Definitive Edition following in 2016. The aforementioned sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, was originally slated to release this year, then February 11, 2020, but was ultimately pushed back to March 11, 2020, as revealed during the Game Awards 2019.