One of the most gorgeous games of 2015 has become even more spectacular in 2016 with Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, which hit Xbox One last month. Next week, on April 27, gamers on Windows 10 and Steam will get the chance to see how this recipient of over 30 industry game awards (including numerous E3 awards, the Golden Joystick Award for Best Xbox Game, the Best Art Direction Award from The Game Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition from the D.I.C.E. Summit, The Game Developer’s Choice Award for Best Debut, the Artistic Achievement award from the BAFTAs and more) in 2015 has gotten even better.
Ori and the Blind Forest, a 2D sidescrolling platformer from developer Moon Studios, is a true visual spectacle. Players take control of the titular Ori, a guardian spirit who explores the haunting forest of Nibel – a breathtaking backdrop that imparts the magic of classic hand-drawn art with the help of some impressive tech. We asked our partners at Moon for a few thoughts on how they approached the Definitive Edition.
“Immediately after the release of Ori and the Blind Forest, we heard cries from fans asking for even more content. Instead of ‘just’ releasing DLC, we decided to craft an entirely new package that includes both the new content as well as features that fans have asked us to add to the original game. We spent almost an entire year on this new release of Ori and the Blind Forest and hope that we have now delivered the ultimate ‘Ori experience’ for all of our fans out there!”
The Definitive Edition is all about making a great game even more accessible for players; besides new areas, music, story elements, and the additional Light Burst and Dash abilities, it adds a new Easy difficulty for those who’d like to relax a little and take in the sights of Nibel. Ori can even warp between Spirit Wells, the game’s save points, which makes for a faster and more streamlined experience. Fans can also now purchase official merchandise at the new Ori and The Blind Forest shop.
Some words of thanks from the developers at Moon: “We’d like to thank everyone for the tremendous support we’ve received, it truly means a great deal to us that we’ve seen nothing but positive reviews, won many prestigious awards and all of that really motivates us to give back to our fans and do even greater things in the future.”
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition gets even better on Windows 10, offering enhanced resolution and monitor support, and the ability to cross-save between the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions. On all platforms, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition also comes bundled with the original Ori and the Blind Forest release for free.
And on Steam, if you already own the original Ori and the Blind Forest, you can upgrade to Definitive Edition for just $4.99!