Masi Oka's name is traditionally linked with the television screen instead of the gaming screen, but the star of Heroes and Hawaii Five-0 has always had been drawn to the world of gaming. "I grew up loving games and am still a big gamer myself," said Oka, a former World of Warcraft guild officer. "I love creating things, and loved the idea of creating something from zero to product in a shorter span of time. Movies can take many years, sometimes tens of years from conception to finish, while games can be created in a fraction of the time."
Oka in fact worked as a digital artist at George Lucas' famed VFX house Industrial Light & Magic before stepping in front of the camera. Two years ago he decided to create Mobius Digital, a studio dedicated to exploring fun, quirky, innovative games with rich story worlds.
"When I was building my studio, I sought out talent at the USC Interactive Media and Games department demo day," Oka explained. It was there that he saw Outer Wilds for the first time. "It was love at first sight. The only game that really caught my eye and I found that I would want to play was Outer Wilds."
"The biggest shift is staffing a few new members and transitioning into developing on a different platform," Oka continued. "We've been on mobile the whole time, so we're excited about the new challenge."
The first two years have been an adventure for Oka, and he sees a positive future ahead for his team: "I hope we can grow Mobius into a studio that can shape the future and open up new markets for interactive games and storytelling."
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