Back in 2020, we shared news of a special charity drive from Moon Studios, iam8bit, and Skybound Games that aimed to raise money to help save the rain forest. That charity event turned out to be a major success, pulling in $58k for the organization Rainforest Trust. You can read full details about the charity and its efforts below.
Late last year, Moon Studios, iam8bit and distribution partner Skybound Games celebrated the physical release of the award-winning games Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the Nintendo Switch by pledging proceeds of all Nintendo Switch and iam8bit sales from December 8-13, 2020 towards supporting Rainforest Trust, a non-profit that preserves and protects millions of acres of tropical habitats.
With the help of Ori fans around the globe, the charity drive raised $58,000 for Rainforest Trust, dedicated to keeping the world’s rainforests safe. At an average cost of $2 an acre, that $58,000 will protect 29,000 acres of rainforest habitat - a space roughly 35 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, or double the size of Manhattan Island.
“As the publishers of the Ori series on Nintendo Switch, we could not be more thrilled by the outcome of this drive,” said Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit. “Between Moon Studios’ eco-positive storytelling and Rainforest Trust’s incredible work protecting rainforests around the world, we are humbled by the fans that helped us raise $58,000 for Rainforest Trust’s cause, and honored to partner with such an organization.”
Those looking to get involved with Rainforest Trust or donate directly can visit their website here.
The physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, now available globally, feature six collectible art cards and digital downloads of the game’s respective soundtrack, composed by Gareth Coker for $39.99 each. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was the recipient of numerous “Game of the Year” accolades in 2020, including nominations for Best Action/Adventure, Best Art Direction and Best Score and Music at the 2020 Game Awards.
iam8bit has also released exclusive Ori Collector’s Editions for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows 10, which are available for $149.99 each. Each Collector’s Edition includes a Stained Glass Style Art Piece, “The Flora & Fauna of Ori” Field Guide, a Sketchbook Zine, Collectible Art Card Set, a Glow-in-the-Dark Pin, the Digital Soundtracks, and a Transforming Glow-in-the-Dark Display Box. To order a Collector’s Edition and for a closer look at the premium editions, visit ori.iam8bit.com.