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Ori and the Blind Forest 2xLP (2020 re-issue) available from iam8bit

Your second chance to grab this vinyl release

When Ori and the Blind Forest was first released in 2015, we had a good cry. Developer Moon Studios’ masterpiece of friendship, adventure and ephemeral glows struck an emotional chord in a uniquely universal way. On the eve of its 5th anniversary and the arrival of its predecessor, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, iam8bit is proud to present this brand new vinyl edition featuring beautiful album art by the incomparable Nicole Gustafsson. Composer Gareth Coker’s striking soundtrack reminds us just how magical an audio experience can be, especially when immortalized on wax. Listener beware, though — each note still tugs on the very same heartstrings as before.

Ori, Lost In The Storm
Naru, Embracing The Light
Calling Out
The Blinded Forest
Inspiriting
First Steps Into Sunken Glades
Finding Sein
Up The Spirit Caverns Walls
The Spirit Tree
Kuro's Tale I - Her Rage
Thornfelt Swamp
Down The Moon Grotto
The Ancestral Trees
Gumo's Hideout
Breaking Through The Trap
Climbing The Ginso Tree
Restoring The Light, Facing The Dark
The Waters Cleansed
Lost In The Misty Woods
Home Of The Gumon
Escaping The Ruins
Kuro's Tale II - Her Pain
Riding The Wind
Completing The Circle
Approaching The End
Mount Horu
Conundrum
The Crumbling Path
Racing The Lava
Fleeing Kuro
The Sacrifice
Light Of Nibel

- 2xLP 180-gram Black Audiophile Vinyl
- Foil Embellished Wide Spine Jacket
- Includes Full Digital Download, plus 29-track Definitive Edition including previously unreleased tracks
- Music by Gareth Coker
- Album Art by Nicole Gustafsson

Grab your copy here for $40

Ori and the Blind Forest "did well" on Switch, dev team has nothing to announce about Ori and the Will of the Wisps coming to Switch

Let's hope it happens at some point

There was a rumor of Ori and the Blind Forest coming to the Switch for a long, long time, and it eventually came true. Microsoft worked with Moon Studios to make the port happen, and it sounds like it was worth the effort. In an interview with USGamer, Moon Studios' Daniel Smith said the Switch port "did well," and also offered up these comments.

"I think one of the big things for us is that everybody worked so hard on Blind Forest that we wanted as many people as possible to experience what we created. I think it's exciting to just grow the family. Diehard gamers might have every console, and some gamers might only have one, so I thought it was a nice addition to add to a different pool of gamers who could enjoy the content we created."

The original game came over and its found an audience. That would make the sequel a lock, right? Moon Studios isn't ready to say anything just yet.

"We're Switch fans and I love Nintendo Switch, but we don't have anything to announce right now."

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Switch Vs. Xbox One comparison

Which looks best?

This is one of the few comparisons between systems where the Switch could actually come out on top! As we've mentioned in the past, the dev team behind Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition said that the Swtich version actually has some improved animations and smoother gameplay overall. Can you spot it in this Xbox One Vs. Switch comparison?

Experience an imaginative world in Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Microsoft's latest is now available

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics. This action platformer features hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score, and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition. “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

Microsoft releases a FAQ for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, details demo progress transfer, digital-only launch, & more

Don't go in blind

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition comes to Switch tomorrow. You might have a few questions about this version of the game, and Microsoft is more than happy to answer. They've put together an official FAQ on the game, which covers a number of different topics. Check out the full FAQ below.

What type of game is Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition?

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. Winner of several prestigious awards, Ori and the Blind Forest tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score, and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, Ori and the Blind Forest explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

What’s the difference between the original Ori and the Blind Forest and the Definitive Edition?

After shipping the original game, we listened to our fans’ suggestions and added some exciting new features to improve the experience. This is what you’ll find in the “Definitive Edition”:

Additional content: New areas, new secrets, new abilities, more story sequences, multiple difficulty modes, full backtracking support, and much more!
Discover Naru’s past in two brand-new environments.
Master two powerful new abilities: Dash and Light Burst.
Try a variety of difficulty modes, from Easy to One Life for those Ori masters out there.
Find new secret areas and explore Nibel faster by teleporting between Spirit Wells.
Check out Theater Mode for behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Moon Studios.

Is there any new content in the Nintendo Switch version?

The Nintendo Switch version is identical to the version on Xbox One and PC.

When did Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition launch on Nintendo Switch?

The full game launched on Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2019. Prior to that, a demo containing the prologue and first section of the game (approximately 30 minutes of gameplay) was released as a separate download on September 20, 2019.

If I play the Ori demo, will my progress transfer over to the full game?

Yes, as long as you complete the demo, and then own and open the full game on the same Nintendo account. Incomplete demo playthroughs will not transfer over, but progress towards achievements will.

Can I transfer saved games from my Xbox One or PC over to Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, that’s not possible at this time.

What should I do if I get stuck in a bad save state on my Nintendo Switch?

Ori and the Blind Forest always tracks your last 10 saves, so if you find yourself trapped and unable to progress further (for any reason), you can easily roll back to a previous save file. Simply return to “Start Game,” select your save, and then use the left stick to navigate up. Choose a previous save file and press “A” to load that backup save.

Are there any multiplayer features included with Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition?

Ori and the Blind Forest is a single-player adventure. There are no multiplayer features offered, either on the Nintendo Switch version or Xbox One or PC.

Why should I sign in to a Microsoft account on the Nintendo Switch start screen?

Signing in to your Microsoft account connects you to your Xbox Live account. This allows achievements earned on the Nintendo Switch to funnel back into your Xbox Live gamerscore. It also allows you to participate in leaderboard postings hosted by Microsoft services.

What is a Microsoft account and why do I need it for Nintendo Switch?

A Microsoft account is a free account you can use to sign in on a device. While it’s not required to play Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch, it allows players to carry their achievement progress over to Xbox Live and participate in Ori’s leaderboards. You can create a free Microsoft account here.

How do I connect my Microsoft account to my Nintendo account?

First, ensure you have a free Microsoft account. Then, follow these steps:

Start Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on your Nintendo Switch.
On the start screen, press “X” to sign in with a Microsoft account.
If this is your first time, a text box will appear with a link (https://www.microsoft.com/link) and a code.
Visit the link on a separate device with internet access. This will ask you for the code provided on your Nintendo Switch.
Enter the code in the Microsoft prompt.
After entering the code, you’ll be asked to sign in to the email connected to your Microsoft account.
This should link the Nintendo and Microsoft accounts. Moving forward, you should automatically sign in and no longer see the “Press X” prompt on the start screen.

Do I need to pay a subscription fee (like Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) to play online?

Online subscription fees are determined by the platform you play on, so an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is not required for Nintendo Switch players. However, to get the most out of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, linking to a free Microsoft account is highly recommended.

Does the Nintendo Switch version support both handheld and TV modes?

Yes, it does.

Does the Nintendo Switch version support Joy-Con and Pro controllers?

Absolutely.

Are physical copies of the Nintendo Switch version available in retail stores?

At the moment, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is currently only available for digital purchase in the Nintendo eShop.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on Switch features optimizations and smoother animations than the PC/Xbox One versions

The best of the best

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is coming to Switch tomorrow, and by and large, it seems the Switch version is the best of the releases so far. This information comes straight from Thomas Mahler, Game Director at Moon Studios. In a Resetera thread, Mahler explains why the Switch version has a leg up on the previous releases.

Keep in mind that we've been working with our engine for a good 10 years now and went through multiple releases and a sequel now. A lot of the optimizations we did for Will of the Wisps ended up in the Blind Forest version for Switch, so that was a nice side-effect.

Another thing people maybe don't notice immediately is that Ori's sprites were animated at 30fps on Xbox/PC, but for Switch we were actually able to update the animations to 60fps due to all the optimizations, so technically Ori actually even animates a bit smoother on Switch than on the other platforms :)

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - demo footage

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

Xbox GM of games explains Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition coming to Switch, says there's no plans to bring over the sequel

One and done

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition was confirmed for Switch a few weeks back, finally putting the end to all the rumors.
Its a game that seems right at home on Switch, and Microsoft couldn't agree more. Xbox GM of games marketing Aaron Greenberg explained the situation to MCVUK in a recent interview.

“Ori is built by Moon Studios, which is an independent, external studio. They came to us with a desire to bring the original Ori to the Switch. We thought that made sense, and we’re happy to work with them to enable them to bring that to Switch. We understand their desire to bring that game to Switch, and in this particular case we were happy to support them. And we think that makes sense for the original Ori.”

Does this mean that the sequel is heading to Switch? According to Greenberg, that's not the case.

“Our plans with Ori and the Will of the Wisps is to launch exclusively on Xbox One and on the PC.”

IGN Video - 9 Minutes of Ori and the Blind Forest on Switch

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

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