Dan Fornace is a Game Designer, and Independent Game Developer. He is the creator of Rivals of Aether
Fornace started out as an independent developer while in college, and released Super Smash Land in 2011. After college, he was hired by Microsoft Studios, and worked for them for 2 years and 9 months working as a Game Designer on many popular XBLA titles such as Mark of the Ninja, Trials Evolution, and Killer Instinct. He also worked on Ori and the Blind Forest (possible why Ori was added as a DLC character). In April of 2014, Fornace left Microsoft Studios and became a full-time independent developer. He's currently developing the indie fighting game Rivals of Aether.