Ever since it was unveiled at E3 earlier this year, Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest has been one the most talked-about Xbox One games of 2014. Fans have been eager to learn more, so the team unveiled the “Prologue” and “Sunken Glades” levels of Ori and the Blind Forest at the Tokyo Games Show and took us deeper into the powerful narrative woven throughout the game.
In the prologue to Ori and the Blind Forest, we learn Ori was separated from the Spirit Tree during a great storm. The gentle and nurturing Naru finds and rescues the orphan, and we quickly see a parent/child bond develop as the pair spend sunny days in the Forest of Nibel and feast on the bounty of nature’s harvest. Late one night, Ori awakes to a great sound echoing through the forest. It is the Spirit Tree calling out to Ori, but when Ori does not answer, the tree erupts with light and its power soon fades. Without the life energy of the great tree, the forest soon begins to die.
We won’t spoil the rest of the powerful prologue here, as you can watch the video above for yourself. Ultimately, our unlikely hero must journey to find his courage, and confront a dark nemesis to save his home.
Coming to Xbox One and PC later this year, Ori and the Blind Forest is a visually stunning action-platformer that features intensely challenging gameplay through a vast non-linear world. Above all, it’s a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all. If the prologue is any indication, this is going to be one memorable experience.