After two Ori games, Blind Forest and Will of the Wisp, Moon Studios is going a more realistic direction. In an interview with GameSpot, studio founder Thomas Mahler talked about the approach and how it differs from the use of fantasy creatures.
Spoilers for Ori and the Blind Forest follow.
“[Using a fantasy setting] certainly helps us tell stories that we otherwise couldn’t tell in this way. An interesting experiment would be to take the Ori story and just try to tell that through humans. Kuro kind of commits genocide. Right? Holy shit, that’s crazy. But using fantasy creatures and doing that, it allows us to tell really harsh emotional stories without people questioning it.”