Santa Ragione
Based in Milan, Italy

Founding date:
June 21, 2010


Press / Business Contact:


Milky Way Prince
Milano Game Festival
Triennale Game Collection 2
Triennale Game Collection
Wheels Of Aurelia (PC)
Wheels Of Aurelia (mobile)
FOTONICA (mobile)
MirrorMoon EP

Via Serbelloni 4
20122, Milan

Not Available.


Santa Ragione is an Italian game design studio founded by Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi in 2010, creators of FOTONICA, MirrorMoon EP, Wheels of Aurelia, and Saturnalia. Santa Ragione’s games focus on achieving a visceral response from the player, whether through the desolate landscapes of MirrorMoon EP, the uncompromising, vertigo-inducing speeds of FOTONICA, the controversial politics in Wheels of Aurelia, or the claustrophobic, ever-changing scenographies of Saturnalia. The studio has a unique, experimental approach to accessibility that encourages exploration and personal interpretation, to achieve depth. Santa Ragione's ambitions are to influence game design through new genres and to continue the tradition of Italian design.


Founded in 2010 by longtime friends Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi, Santa Ragione is a design studio dedicated to developing games and video games. That year, they developed and published the board game Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space in over fifteen countries. The game was nominated for the prestigious Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. In 2011, the studio launched the award-winning video game FOTONICA for PC and created the international indie game event LUNARCADE. In 2012, they released a music game for Pitchfork Media. In 2013, they launched MirrorMoon EP, a finalist at the Independent Games Festival award for innovation. In 2014, a redesigned version of FOTONICA for iOS received critical acclaim. In 2016 and 2017, they published their first narrative game Wheels of Aurelia across all platforms, including mobile and consoles. Since 2019, the studio has been co-producing and publishing the work of up-and-coming Italian authors, such as Lorenzo Redaelli's Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star. Saturnalia, a third-person horror adventure, was released in 2022 to critical acclaim. In 2024, they received the Excellence in Narrative award at the 2024 Independent Games Festival for Mediterranea Inferno, the latest game from director Lorenzo Redaelli.



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Awards & Recognition

  • "Winner of the IGF 2024 Excellence in Narrative award" - Mediterranea Inferno, 2023
  • "Honourable Mention for the IGF 2022 Grand Prize" - Saturnalia, 2022
  • "Indiecade 2021 Finalist" - Saturnalia, 2022
  • "Honourable Mention for the IGF 2017 Nuovo Award" - Wheels of Aurelia, 2017
  • "Indiecade 2016 Finalist" - Wheels of Aurelia, 2017
  • "Apple’s App Store: Best of 2014 Selection" - FOTONICA, 2014
  • "Honourable Mention for the IGF 2015 Excellence in Audio" - FOTONICA, 2014
  • "Nominated for the IGF 2013 Nuovo Award" - MirrorMoon EP, 2012
  • "54th Venice Biennale, Neoludica Selection" - FOTONICA, 2011
  • "Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Shortlist" - Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space, 2010

Selected Articles

  • "It’s a rare game indeed that makes the player themselves feel special."
    - Interview with Duncan Harris, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Milano Game Festival
A recurring festival for videogames that display the best narrative experiences across the world. http://www.milanogamefestival.com/.

A past series of exhibtions that display the most experimental indie games across the world. http://www.santaragione.com.

Team & Repeating Collaborators

Pietro Righi Riva
Co-Founder, Studio Director

Nicolò Tedeschi
Co-Founder, CFO

Marina Rossi
Producer, Freelancer

Stefano Sanitate
Gameplay Design and Implementation, Freelancer

Alberto Putignano
Gameplay Design and Implementation, Freelancer

Riccardo Reina
QA and Narrative Design, Freelancer

Luca Francesco Rossi
Graphic Design, Freelancer

Michael Manning
Music and SFX, Freelancer

Nicolò Sala
Music, Freelancer

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