Moon Studios’ much-anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest finally has a concrete release date. A new trailer revealed the game’s newly delayed arrival date at February 11, 2020.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been a long time coming. It debuted during Microsoft’s 2017 E3 briefing with a somber reveal trailer. After a year of relative silence, the game then reemerged in 2018 with its first gameplay showing and a 2019 launch window. Plans have obviously changed since then, with Ori’s encore coming much later than initially planned or expected.
Will of the Wisps predecessor, Ori and the Blind forest, released to critical acclaim in 2015. The story centers on a Ori, a guardian forest spirit, on a mission to restore life to his dying forest home. Its winning blend of whimiscal presnetation, hardcore platforming, and Metroidvania world design won numerous awards.
This year’s trailer showed off a few of Ori’s more colossal foes. We see Ori leaping from point to point in order to escape a giant spider in a high-speed escape sequence. Other large enemies shown include a supersized wolf, a molten worm, and a tentacled sea monster. Despite the dangers, the world and animation look as gorgeous ever. Narrative details are light but odds are the game will be another emotional romp aiming to pull apart players’ heart strings.
Will of the Wisps takes place in a new world outside of the forest of Nibel. The first game’s Soul Link manual save points have been replaced by traditional auto-saving. The upgrade system has also been overhauled. Instead of gaining new powers sequentially through the narrative, a new shard system is said to create a less linear approach. The changes seemed aimed to make the game a bit more inviting (Ori and the Blind Forest is notoriously difficult) while giving players more agency in how Ori evolves.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to PC and Xbox One on February 11, 2020. From launch, it will be available through Microsoft’s revamped Xbox Game Pass.
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