Some of you might remember Ori and the Blind Forest, a short 2D Metroidvania published by Moon Studios in 2015. The game’s touching story, charming art style, and absolutely captivating soundtrack quickly launched Ori into the hearts of the gaming community. The game’s protagonist was a glowing light spirit named Ori, born from a leaf blown off of a magical tree. Raised in a cave by Naru, a creature of shadow, Ori sets out to save the forest of Nibel after it falls to darkness. A tiny mote of light called Sein aids him on his journey, providing the main mode of attack and giving him pertinent information.
Moon Studios began working on a sequel to Ori soon afterward, the original’s success proving too great to not capitalize on. They also released a line of merchandise for Ori, including apparel and plushies. The characters work very well as stuffed animals.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will follow Ori, Sein, and the newborn owl past the boundaries of Nibel and into the unknown. It’s unknown whether any other characters from the original will join them, but it’s probably safe to say they’ll meet some new ones along the way. There’s no release date yet, but it’s unlikely to be more than a month into next year. The trailer was shown at E3 2017, so it wouldn’t make sense for it to take much longer than this year unless they were making some huge changes.
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As you can see, Ori has grown — his tail is longer, his ears are bigger, and he has some wings growing in. He’s looking every bit the adolescent fairy spirit, which is interesting since we never saw any other spirits like Ori in the original. You’d think that since he was born from a leaf, not anything special, there’d be more like him. Maybe all spirits take on their own unique forms upon birth…
The game will be coming out on Xbox One and PC.