One year ago today, a fan-made remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus was removed from the Internet – at least officially – following a DMCA takedown notice from Nintendo. It was a disappointing, but understandable move from the company, which made more sense following a later E3 reveal that it was in the process of bringing back the Game Boy game in its own enhanced remake. Life moves on, and last night Milton Guasti, the creator of the fan game revealed some good news: He’s been hired by Ori and the Blind Forest developer Moon Studios.
It’s a special day for another reason. I’m now part of Moon Studios, I’ll be working on level design for Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
— Project AM2R (@AM2Rgame) August 6, 2017
Moon Studios founder Thomas Mahler has high praise for Guasti. “Milton is an incredible talent. We interviewed him and gave him a little test (we require every new hire to do a little test to see if we’re a match and to check how the person reacts to feedback, etc.) and he passed that little challenge with flying colors,” he wrote on NeoGAF. “I was grinning all throughout his pitched level design since it was clear from the first second that he ‘gets it’. Last year we hired Chris, one of the level designers for the recent Rayman games and a minute into the call he PM’ed me with, ‘Hire him. Now.’, hehe.”
Moon Studios’ first release was the acclaimed game Ori and The Blind Forest, and a sequel was announced at E3 2017. One of the more interesting things about the studio is that it’s composed of developers based around the world, who don’t share a common office. You can read more about their unusual setup in our in-depth profile here.
[Source: Project AM2R Official Twitter Account]
Even though AM2R was pulled, it garnered a lot of attention during its brief lifespan – and probably helped Guasti’s resume float to the top of the pile.