Ori and the Will of the Wisps released early this year on Xbox One and PC via Xbox Game Pass, and has since been played by 2 million people. The game is a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, which was released for Switch in 2019 despite being published by Microsoft Game Studios. The Switch port of the first game was well-received, and a member of developer Moon Studios has now opened up about whether the sequel is likely to receive similar treatment.
In a Reddit AMA, developer Moon Studios lead engineer Gennadiy Korol answered a question about the sequel coming to Switch. He says that while the team “loves” Nintendo’s console, they are not currently working on a port. “Right now we don’t have anything to share when it comes to Ori and the Will of the Wisps port,” he says. “If it were to ever happen though I can tell you that it would be (an) extremely difficult port to make run at 60fps.”
Ori and the Will of the Wisps faced frame rate difficulties on a base model Xbox One, which would make a Switch port difficult.
Elsewhere in the AMA, lead designer Chris McEntee discusses the possibility of Ori 3, saying that nothing is currently in the works. “We really felt that we told the story that we wanted to tell–Ori’s story–across the two games,” he writes. “We’ve left the door cracked open a bit for a potential continuation, though we don’t have anything specific to share at this point and time.”
Microsoft has previously said that the plan going forward is for Xbox’s first-party studios to make console exclusives. Moon Studios, however, is not owned by Microsoft.
Moon Studios’ next game will not be a fantasy title, and will reportedly be very different from the Ori games.