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The Art of 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps'

Jeremy Gritton  (Art Director & Story Lead, Moon Studios)

Daniel van Leeuwen  (Art Lead, Moon Studios)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management, Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Attendees can expect an in-depth discussion of the artistic goals and processes behind Moon Studios' critically acclaimed Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It will cover not only the core principles of the Ori art style, but the various technical methods that were implemented to push the game's visuals forward. Examples of scene construction showing the art department's iterative process will be included.

As a completely remote studio spanning numerous countries around the globe, Moon will elaborate on their studio structure and philosophy. This talk will also cover various challenges faced by the art department during production, and how they were overcome.


Attendees will be walked through the high level artistic goals and the methods by which they were achieved for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. They will also gain insight into Moon Studios' production approach.

Intended Audience

This presentation is designed for an audience that works in game development, or has an interest in artistic principles and project management.